Cost of living in Mexico

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Mexico, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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

Are you thinking of studying in Mexico? There are a number of reasons to go through with it. It is the 11th most-populated country in the world, with a diaspora of food, traditions and ecosystems.

If you're thinking about moving to and living in Mexico, one of the first things you'll need to know is how much it will cost to live in Mexico. Understanding the cost of living in another country is essential for planning your move. So much depends on your needs, your lifestyle, and whether you buy or rent your home.

Even though it is cheaper to live in Mexico than other areas of North America, some people still spend as much or more than they do back in the U.S. or Europe. Mexico is a large country. Where you live in Mexico will reciprocate the cost as well.

The country universalized its healthcare system in the year 2004, which improved the quality of life for most of its residents and visitors. Whether you are retiring, temporarily relocating, or moving to Mexico for good, it is important to understand the cost of living. Here’s what you will need to know about money and expenses when you’re there.

How Much Does it Cost to Live in Mexico?

The basic cost of living in Mexico is lower than that of the United States, Canada and Europe; particularly for items such as fruits, vegetables and other food staples; baked goods, and other miscellaneous groceries. Local and national public transportation is generally lower in cost than the U.S. and Canada and much lower than in European countries.

Competition has been introduced across the domestic Mexican airline market and low-cost airlines are beginning to make a significant difference to domestic air-travel fares on popular routes, which were relatively expensive before actual competition was present.

Prices for electricity are relatively high unless your monthly consumption remains below a certain level, in which case government subsidies can help keep your electric costs quite lower.

Telephone service prices are being transformed in Mexico after legal reforms brought in during 2014 and 2015 have made calling from landlines less expensive than it has ever been before in Mexico.

Piped water to your home is relatively inexpensive, but not always portable. As a result, most people purchase bottled water, often in 20 liter containers. A growing range of items, especially some types of clothing, domestic appliances, audio/visual equipment, technology, for example, Smart Phones computers, computer software, and cameras, are more expensive than identical items sold in the US. Cars cost slightly more in Mexico than equivalent models in the USA.

In popular locations, Rents in Mexico can be equal to rents found in equivalent-sized US towns or cities. In less popular (or less well known / off the beaten track) towns and cities, you may find good quality accommodation at far lower rents that you would pay for the equivalent space in the US.

Groceries and Food

Grocery items are anywhere from 10 to 90 percent lower in Mexico than in other countries. This is mostly because a lot of products are grown there and don't need to be imported.

Living in Mexico gives you greater access to smaller markets and vendors that are often cheaper than going to a big grocery store. If you are willing to eat as the Mexicans do at the plentiful little stalls that serve delicious and inexpensive food, you can eat out all the time for the same or less than what it costs to cook at home.

Transportation and Housing

Public transportation is almost 200% more in the U.S.A than in Mexico. Gas prices tend to be cheaper too, and even if you are living in a smaller town, there are a lot of public transportation options such as commuter vans and buses. Housing is also less expensive by approximately 190% percent as well.

Overall Costs

The cheaper cost of living is a key reason more people are finding it tempting study in Mexico. If you are thinking of making an international move, it is helpful to review your current lifestyle budget and then try to calculate what a budget living abroad would look like. RocApply helps you figure your budgetary plans in Mexico over your study period.