Cost of living in Guatemala

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Food Price in Q
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 GTQ
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 GTQ
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 GTQ
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 GTQ
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 GTQ
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 GTQ
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 GTQ
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 GTQ
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 GTQ
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 GTQ
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 GTQ
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 GTQ
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 GTQ
1.5 kg Sugar 10 GTQ
2 liter cooking oil 20 GTQ
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 GTQ
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 GTQ
1 liter milk 8.50 GTQ
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 GTQ
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 GTQ
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 GTQ
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 GTQ
House Cleaning fee per day 105 GTQ
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 GTQ
Original branded Electric Fans 200 GTQ
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 GTQ
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 GTQ
Single bed Blankets 120 GTQ
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 GTQ
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 GTQ
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 GTQ
Men's haircut 40 GTQ
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 GTQ
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 GTQ
1 month of gym subscription. 105 GTQ
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 GTQ
Unisex Loris perfume 30 GTQ
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 GTQ
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 GTQ
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 GTQ
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 GTQ
Go carting 30mins 120 GTQ
Movie House 3d cinema 30 GTQ
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 GTQ
Photo shoot 120 GTQ
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 GTQ
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 GTQ
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 GTQ
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 GTQ
Spalding Basketball 200 GTQ
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 GTQ
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 GTQ
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 GTQ
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 GTQ
1 day rent a car cost 140 GTQ
Driver’s license 2300 GTQ
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 GTQ
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 GTQ
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 GTQ
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 GTQ
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 GTQ
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 GTQ

Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 60% of countries in Central America.


A furnished studio in City Centre in Guatemala costs about Q4 604, and a furnished studio Outside of the city centre costs Q2 240. It comes furnished with some of the  basic room requirements incuding a bed, couch, television, a table and chairs, coffee table, and a wardrobe to mention but a few.



  • There are all kinds of ways to get around Guatemala. The options vary depending on your budget, timeframe, and expected level of comfort.
  • Rental Cars- It is easy to rent a car in Guatemala. Having a rental car allows you to explore the country at your own pace with the freedom and flexibility to travel wherever you want. It is a good idea to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle, as the Guatemalan roads can be bumpy and rough in most remote places. To rent a car you’ll need a driver’s license from your home country or an International Driving Permit.
  • Bus- Buses are the main method of transportation for most Guatemalans, and is the best way to save money.  They are often referred to as chicken buses and  will give you a real taste of the local Guatemalan lifestyle. The buses go most everywhere around the country and stop anywhere. There are primera clase buses that travel between major destinations and cities including Guatemala City, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Flores, Cobán, and Puerto Barrios. On these buses you’re guaranteed to have your own seat, and some buses even have restrooms.
  • Shuttle- this is one of the easiest ways of getting around the country. These can be private or shared and  travelers are picked up at their hotel in the original destination and dropped off at their hotel in the final destination. A private shuttle allows you to go where you want, when you want and get door-to-door service.
  • Boat- Small motor boats frequently run between the villages, hotels, and attractions in the country.
  • Taxi- Taxis are readily available throughout the country. In larger towns cabs can be hailed from almost anywhere and in small towns taxis can be found around the central square. Most taxis are metered an charge a flat fee.
  • tuk-tuks-these are motorized rickshaws that offer yet another mode of transportation. These are cheaper than taxicabs and are great for going short distances.

Bills and Utilities:

Utility prices in Guatemala are as follows: Basic utilities (Water, heating, garbage and electricity) costs Q280, Cable/DSL internet connection (unlimited data and speed of 6Mbps) costs Q266, and Local one-minute prepaid calls costs Q1.28.