Travel budget and cost of living in Ecuador how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Ecuador

Ecuador: calculate your travel budget

Ecuador: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Ecuador for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 26 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.1 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 585*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 72 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1893*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 135 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3627*

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Ecuador in 2019

Cost of living: Ecuador VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Ecuador in 2019 is 33% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Ecuador in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Ecuador by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Ecuador compared to the national average.

Cities /Ecuador View Details
Guayaquil 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guayaquil
Quito 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Quito
Esmeraldas 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Esmeraldas
Quevedo 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Quevedo
Latacunga 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Latacunga
Huaquillas 34% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Huaquillas
Cuenca 28% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cuenca
Loja 32% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Loja

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Local prices in Ecuador by expense type

Restaurant budget in Ecuador

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ecuador costs 46% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.7/person
($ 2.6 to $ 6.5)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 8.5 to $ 22)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Ecuador

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ecuador costs 50% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 21 to $ 77)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 18 to $ 403)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 26 to $ 529)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 181/night
($ 81 to $ 2297)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 284/night
($ 79 to $ 559)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 16 to $ 122)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 27 to $ 223)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 112/month
($ 33 to $ 672)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 94/month
($ 38 to $ 188)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Ecuador

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ecuador costs 45% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 8.5)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 9.1)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 4.7)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.2/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 10.6)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Ecuador

On average, the price of transport in Ecuador costs 40% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 14/month
($ 10.6 to $ 24)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.5/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 48/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 85)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Ecuador

On average, the cost of housing in Ecuador costs 46% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 47/month
($ 28 to $ 87)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 42/month
($ 26 to $ 65)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 404/month
($ 214 to $ 587)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 293/month
($ 161 to $ 428)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 660/month
($ 374 to $ 1068)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 505/month
($ 321 to $ 855)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 47/month
($ 28 to $ 76)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 314/month
($ 161 to $ 428)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6395/yr
($ 3202 to $ 10242)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Ecuador

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ecuador costs 26% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.5/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 8)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 22)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Ecuador

On average, shopping budget in Ecuador is 25% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.9/pack
($ 5.4 to $ 6.5)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 71
($ 33 to $ 119)

51% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 58
($ 33 to $ 87)

55% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 113
($ 87 to $ 145)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 98
($ 54 to $ 150)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Quito
London → Quito
London → Quito
$ 1045
(fair price: $ 948)
New York City → Quito
New York City → Quito
New York City → Quito
$ 667
(fair price: $ 566)
Los Angeles → Quito
Los Angeles  → Quito
Los Angeles  → Quito
$ 705
(fair price: $ 568)
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
$ 723
(fair price: $ 605)

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About the information on the cost of living in Ecuador

The information about the cost of living in Ecuador shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Ecuador updated on 09-03-2019.

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