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

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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:

  • $ 30 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 695* (12670 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 74 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1704* (31080 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 159 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 3375* (61530 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 46% less than 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
Cancun 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cancun
Playa del Carmen 19% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Playa del Carmen
Tulum 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tulum
Ensenada 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ensenada
Riviera Maya 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Riviera Maya
Mexico City 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mexico City
Puerto Vallarta 1% lessTravel 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
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.5 to $ 8.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 8.2 to $ 17)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.9 to $ 6)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Mexico

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mexico costs 33% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 20 to $ 144)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 20 to $ 519)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 27 to $ 954)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 229/night
($ 87 to $ 1831)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 596/night
($ 237 to $ 5085)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 44/month
($ 17 to $ 241)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 136/month
($ 47 to $ 2929)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 120/month
($ 27 to $ 2326)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 116/month
($ 33 to $ 1114)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Mexico

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mexico costs 51% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.4/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.3/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 7.3)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3 to $ 6.6)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 2.5)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7/kg
($ 4.9 to $ 9.8)

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 49% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 21/month
($ 11 to $ 29)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

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

39% 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)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 17/24hrs
($ 3.6 to $ 53)

57% 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...
$ 41/month
($ 21 to $ 78)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
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
$ 28/month
($ 20 to $ 40)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 327/month
($ 165 to $ 658)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 214/month
($ 110 to $ 439)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 673/month
($ 329 to $ 1314)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 456/month
($ 220 to $ 821)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 30/month
($ 21 to $ 55)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 170/month
($ 110 to $ 274)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4296/yr
($ 2298 to $ 9190)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Mexico

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mexico costs 48% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 3 to $ 4.4)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 5.5 to $ 24)

27% 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)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 45
($ 28 to $ 55)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 33
($ 21 to $ 47)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 73
($ 55 to $ 104)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 64
($ 42 to $ 110)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
$ 903
(fair price: $ 801)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
$ 434
(fair price: $ 388)
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
$ 921
(fair price: $ 860)
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 974
(fair price: $ 843)
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
$ 1204
(fair price: $ 907)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 543
(fair price: $ 428)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 498
(fair price: $ 359)
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
$ 544
(fair price: $ 407)
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
$ 1091
(fair price: $ 1002)
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
$ 1051
(fair price: $ 955)
Los Angeles → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
$ 433
(fair price: $ 365)
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
$ 456
(fair price: $ 386)
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
$ 1013
(fair price: $ 903)
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
$ 1016
(fair price: $ 955)

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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 14-03-2019.

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