Travel budget in Mexico

Mexico: calculate your travel budget

Mexico: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 38 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 801* (14504 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 3.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1768* (32032 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 167 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 3503* (63490 MXN)

* 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 Mexico in 2019

Cost of living: Mexico VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mexico in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

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

Cost of living in Mexico by city

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

Cities /Mexico View Details
Tulum 26% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tulum
Riviera Maya 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Riviera Maya
Rosarito 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rosarito
Cancun 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cancun
Playa del Carmen 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Playa del Carmen
Mexico City 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mexico City
Puerto Vallarta 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Vallarta

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Local prices in Mexico by expense type

Restaurant budget in Mexico

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mexico costs 53% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.5/person
($ 3.6 to $ 8.4)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 8.4 to $ 17)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5/person
($ 4.4 to $ 6.7)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Mexico

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mexico costs 32% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 33 to $ 51)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 61/night
($ 35 to $ 90)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 94/night
($ 52 to $ 141)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 239/night
($ 141 to $ 331)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 576/night
($ 359 to $ 701)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 44/month
($ 32 to $ 61)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 133/month
($ 81 to $ 211)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 119/month
($ 59 to $ 211)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 114/month
($ 70 to $ 180)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 150/month
($ 77 to $ 274)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Mexico

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mexico costs 50% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.4/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 7.8)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.9/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 6.9)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5 to $ 10)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Mexico

On average, the price of transport in Mexico costs 50% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 21/month
($ 13 to $ 32)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.7
($ 0.8 to $ 2.7)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 16/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 58)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Mexico

On average, the cost of housing in Mexico costs 64% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 39/month
($ 21 to $ 77)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 29/month
($ 21 to $ 46)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 346/month
($ 168 to $ 667)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 226/month
($ 112 to $ 445)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 715/month
($ 334 to $ 1388)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 483/month
($ 223 to $ 833)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
($ 22 to $ 67)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 175/month
($ 112 to $ 279)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4085/yr
($ 2132 to $ 8657)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

Leisure activity budget in Mexico

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mexico costs 46% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.9/ticket
($ 3.1 to $ 4.4)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 5.5 to $ 29)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Mexico

On average, shopping budget in Mexico costs 26% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.7/pack
($ 2.5 to $ 3.1)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 45
($ 29 to $ 57)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 34
($ 21 to $ 51)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 76
($ 57 to $ 107)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 67
($ 46 to $ 112)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
$ 824
(fair price: $ 723)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
$ 388
(fair price: $ 355)
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
$ 414
(fair price: $ 363)
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
$ 881
(fair price: $ 821)
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 947
(fair price: $ 805)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 462
(fair price: $ 379)
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
$ 1216
(fair price: $ 873)
Montreal → Mexico City
Montreal → Mexico City
Montreal → Mexico City
$ 422
(fair price: $ 364)
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
$ 438
(fair price: $ 374)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 461
(fair price: $ 354)
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
$ 950
(fair price: $ 821)
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
$ 1053
(fair price: $ 911)
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
$ 1072
(fair price: $ 942)
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
$ 1437
(fair price: $ 1224)
Los Angeles → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
$ 377
(fair price: $ 322)
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
$ 1409
(fair price: $ 1231)
Montreal → Acapulco
Montreal → Acapulco
Montreal → Acapulco
$ 542
(fair price: $ 476)
Sydney → Mexico City
Sydney → Mexico City
Sydney → Mexico City
$ 1373
(fair price: $ 1188)
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
$ 1041
(fair price: $ 922)
Los Angeles → Acapulco
Los Angeles  → Acapulco
Los Angeles  → Acapulco
$ 490
(fair price: $ 431)
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
$ 567
(fair price: $ 477)
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
$ 440
(fair price: $ 366)
New York City → Acapulco
New York City → Acapulco
New York City → Acapulco
$ 580
(fair price: $ 487)
London → Acapulco
London → Acapulco
London → Acapulco
$ 1094
(fair price: $ 970)
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
$ 1456
(fair price: $ 1361)
Auckland → Mexico City
Auckland → Mexico City
Auckland → Mexico City
$ 1409
(fair price: $ 1301)
Melbourne → Mexico City
Melbourne → Mexico City
Melbourne → Mexico City
$ 1727
(fair price: $ 1421)

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About the information on the cost of living in Mexico

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

Information about cost of living in Mexico updated on 10-09-2019.

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