Cost of living in Salinas, Ecuador, Ecuador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $4.07
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $5.80
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.10
12 eggs, large $1.75
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $1.21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.78
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.98
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.99
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $11
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.53
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.46
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $949
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $632
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $79
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $750
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $613
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $62
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $56
40” flat screen TV $783
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $225
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $4.59
Hourly rate for cleaning help $4.70
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $74
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $63
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $140
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $107
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $33,333
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.80
Monthly ticket public transport $16
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $7
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.88
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $5.00
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $22
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $6.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $4.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.88
4 rolls of toilet paper $2.79
Tube of toothpaste $2.44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $6
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $19
2 tickets to the movies $9
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $77
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $58
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $6
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $2.67
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $1.44
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.29
1 month of gym membership in business district $55
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $4.00
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 41 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: September 21, 2017.

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