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:

  • $ 40 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 826* (16744 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 3.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1750* (35476 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 165 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 7.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 3483* (70588 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 2021

Cost of living: Mexico VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mexico in 2021 is 41% less than 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 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
Tijuana 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tijuana
Ensenada 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ensenada
Saltillo 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Saltillo
Tulum 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tulum
Rosarito 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rosarito
Isla Mujeres 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Isla Mujeres
Cancun 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cancun
Mexico City 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mexico City
Puerto Vallarta 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Vallarta
Riviera Maya 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Playa del Carmen

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Local prices in Mexico by expense type

Mexico: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mexico costs 54% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.9/person
($ 3 to $ 9.8)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 8.6 to $ 26)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 4.4 to $ 6.2)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.4 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 2.5)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 3)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1 to $ 3.7)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Mexico: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mexico costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 35 to $ 54)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 61/night
($ 38 to $ 95)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 94/night
($ 55 to $ 150)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 237/night
($ 150 to $ 352)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 570/night
($ 409 to $ 757)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 52/month
($ 40 to $ 67)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 138/month
($ 85 to $ 207)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 114/month
($ 61 to $ 193)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 114/month
($ 72 to $ 167)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 140/month
($ 79 to $ 232)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Mexico: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mexico costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.5)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7.3)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.9)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Mexico: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Mexico costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.4 to $ 1.4)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.7
($ 0.7 to $ 2.5)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 16/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 59)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Mexico: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mexico costs 44% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.7/ticket
($ 3 to $ 4.9)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 4.9 to $ 21)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Mexico: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Mexico costs 28% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3/pack
($ 2.5 to $ 3.3)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 41
($ 21 to $ 60)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 15 to $ 51)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 688
(fair price: $ 553)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 254
(fair price: $ 192)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 374
(fair price: $ 290)
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
$ 361
(fair price: $ 304)
Los Angeles → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
$ 262
(fair price: $ 223)
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
$ 935
(fair price: $ 733)


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 01-05-2021.

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