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:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 644*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 67 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1848*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 139 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3691*

* 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 2020

Cost of living: Ecuador VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Ecuador in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guayaquil
Quito 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Quito
Salinas 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Salinas
Latacunga 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Latacunga
Portoviejo 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Portoviejo
Huaquillas 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Huaquillas
Cuenca 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cuenca
Loja 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Loja

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Local prices in Ecuador by expense type

Ecuador: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ecuador costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.7/person
($ 2.2 to $ 6.5)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 9.7 to $ 28)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 4.3)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Ecuador: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ecuador costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 27 to $ 41)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 48/night
($ 30 to $ 73)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 47 to $ 140)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 190/night
($ 140 to $ 281)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 232/night
($ 158 to $ 317)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 42/month
($ 28 to $ 60)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 85/month
($ 49 to $ 128)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 108/month
($ 64 to $ 170)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 88/month
($ 59 to $ 125)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 146/month
($ 84 to $ 225)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Ecuador: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ecuador costs 48% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.6)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.6/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 8.6)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 8.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 4.8)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 3.2)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.2/kg
($ 3 to $ 11)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Ecuador: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Ecuador costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 24/month
($ 17 to $ 47)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 17 to $ 102)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Ecuador: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Ecuador costs 57% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 52/month
($ 28 to $ 108)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 174
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 46/month
($ 33 to $ 65)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 429/month
($ 268 to $ 643)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1477
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 304/month
($ 194 to $ 482)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1185
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 760/month
($ 536 to $ 1285)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2402
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 537/month
($ 322 to $ 857)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1884
Gym
Gym
$ 48/month
($ 28 to $ 87)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 316/month
($ 183 to $ 536)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1038
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6792/yr
($ 3853 to $ 11106)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18345

Ecuador: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ecuador costs 14% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.5/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 11)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 8.6 to $ 44)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Ecuador: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Ecuador is 13% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.2/pack
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 67
($ 33 to $ 108)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 54
($ 28 to $ 87)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 107
($ 71 to $ 140)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 102
($ 54 to $ 162)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

London → Galapagos Islands
London → Galapagos Islands
London → Galapagos Islands
$ 1401
(fair price: $ 1261)
New York City → Quito
New York City → Quito
New York City → Quito
$ 659
(fair price: $ 550)
London → Quito
London → Quito
London → Quito
$ 1052
(fair price: $ 895)
Los Angeles → Quito
Los Angeles  → Quito
Los Angeles  → Quito
$ 642
(fair price: $ 539)
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
Toronto (Ontario) → Quito
$ 660
(fair price: $ 559)
Montreal → Quito
Montreal → Quito
Montreal → Quito
$ 821
(fair price: $ 643)
New York City → Galapagos Islands
New York City → Galapagos Islands
New York City → Galapagos Islands
$ 1225
(fair price: $ 1087)
Los Angeles → Galapagos Islands
Los Angeles  → Galapagos Islands
Los Angeles  → Galapagos Islands
$ 1192
(fair price: $ 1044)
Manchester → Quito
Manchester → Quito
Manchester → Quito
$ 1199
(fair price: $ 964)
Dublin → Quito
Dublin → Quito
Dublin → Quito
$ 1307
(fair price: $ 1025)
Toronto (Ontario) → Galapagos Islands
Toronto (Ontario) → Galapagos Islands
Toronto (Ontario) → Galapagos Islands
$ 1293
(fair price: $ 1127)
Manchester → Galapagos Islands
Manchester → Galapagos Islands
Manchester → Galapagos Islands
$ 1612
(fair price: $ 1426)
Dublin → Galapagos Islands
Dublin → Galapagos Islands
Dublin → Galapagos Islands
$ 1577
(fair price: $ 1451)
Montreal → Galapagos Islands
Montreal → Galapagos Islands
Montreal → Galapagos Islands
$ 1551
(fair price: $ 1378)

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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 29-03-2020.

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