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Travel budget in Guatemala

Guatemala: calculate your travel budget

Guatemala: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 23 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 617* (4410 GTQ)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 64 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 5.4 per person
  • $ 6.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1703* (12166 GTQ)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 119 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3079* (21994 GTQ)

* 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 Guatemala in 2019

Cost of living: Guatemala VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Guatemala in 2019 is 29% less than United States.

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

Cost of living in Guatemala by city

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

Cities /Guatemala View Details
Antigua 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Antigua
Guatemala City 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Guatemala City
Quetzaltenango 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Quetzaltenango
Mixco 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mixco
Retalhuleu 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Retalhuleu
Huehuetenango 37% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Huehuetenango

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Local prices in Guatemala by expense type

Restaurant budget in Guatemala

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Guatemala costs 44% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.6/person
($ 3.5 to $ 6.9)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 8.7 to $ 18)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 4.9 to $ 6.9)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.1)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 3.2)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Guatemala

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Guatemala costs 53% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 27/night
($ 20 to $ 36)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 44/night
($ 29 to $ 67)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 65 to $ 108)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 155/night
($ 116 to $ 205)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 151/night
( $ 114)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 32/month
($ 21 to $ 51)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 122/month
($ 76 to $ 196)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 106/month
($ 77 to $ 151)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 60/month
($ 39 to $ 93)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 141/month
($ 90 to $ 217)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Guatemala

On average, the price of supermarket food in Guatemala costs 36% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

77% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.5)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 2.3)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 8.4)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5.9 to $ 8.6)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.1)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.1/kg
($ 6.2 to $ 13)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Guatemala

On average, the price of transport in Guatemala costs 34% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 14/month
($ 8.4 to $ 29)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.4 to $ 1.4)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.5
($ 3.5 to $ 4.9)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 44/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 85)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Guatemala

On average, the cost of housing in Guatemala costs 37% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 64/month
($ 36 to $ 108)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 76/month
($ 36 to $ 113)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 498/month
($ 280 to $ 698)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 324/month
($ 211 to $ 489)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 931/month
($ 560 to $ 1396)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 539/month
($ 349 to $ 698)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 55/month
($ 36 to $ 78)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 244/month
($ 113 to $ 349)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4284/yr
($ 2513 to $ 6281)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Guatemala

On average, budget for leisure activities in Guatemala is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.3/ticket
($ 5.6 to $ 8.4)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 24/hr
($ 12 to $ 36)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Guatemala

On average, shopping budget in Guatemala is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.2/pack
($ 2.7 to $ 3.5)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 32 to $ 78)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 48
($ 29 to $ 71)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 96
($ 64 to $ 120)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 91
($ 57 to $ 140)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Montreal → Guatemala City
Montreal → Guatemala City
Montreal → Guatemala City
$ 587
(fair price: $ 467)
Los Angeles → Guatemala City
Los Angeles  → Guatemala City
Los Angeles  → Guatemala City
$ 560
(fair price: $ 488)
New York City → Guatemala City
New York City → Guatemala City
New York City → Guatemala City
$ 560
(fair price: $ 437)
London → Guatemala City
London → Guatemala City
London → Guatemala City
$ 922
(fair price: $ 823)
Toronto (Ontario) → Guatemala City
Toronto (Ontario) → Guatemala City
Toronto (Ontario) → Guatemala City
$ 486
(fair price: $ 433)
Dublin → Guatemala City
Dublin → Guatemala City
Dublin → Guatemala City
$ 1237
(fair price: $ 1051)

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About the information on the cost of living in Guatemala

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

Information about cost of living in Guatemala updated on 18-05-2019.

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