Cost of living in Machala, Ecuador

Summary of cost of living in Machala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,144
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $827
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Machala, Ecuador. Current as of Nov 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $4.31
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $5.57
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $1.64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.00
12 eggs, large $2.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $2.05
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $1.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $0.93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.71
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $23
2 liters of coca-cola $1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.50
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $474
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $267
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $50
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $414
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $200
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio -
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $23
40” flat screen tv $540
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $111
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $5.72
Hourly rate for cleaning help $3.75
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $87
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $110
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.69
Monthly ticket public transport $30
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $12
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $3.00
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $20
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.01
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.40
4 rolls of toilet paper $1.19
Tube of toothpaste $1.00
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $4.78
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $22
2 tickets to the movies $9
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $33
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $5.00
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.02
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $700
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $46
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $3.15
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 55 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 25, 2020

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