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.
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 820* (17724 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1708* (36932 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 165 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 3390* (73304 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 2020

Cost of living: Mexico VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mexico 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 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
Ensenada 27% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ensenada
Rosarito 24% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rosarito
Tijuana 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tijuana
Saltillo 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Saltillo
Tampico 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tampico
Ciudad Victoria 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ciudad Victoria
Tulum 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tulum
Mexico City 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mexico City
Riviera Maya 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Riviera Maya
Cancun 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cancun
Playa del Carmen 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Playa del Carmen
Puerto Vallarta 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Vallarta

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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 57% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.7/person
($ 2.9 to $ 9.4)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 7.6 to $ 27)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.9 to $ 5.6)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.4 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 2.5)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1 to $ 3.3)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

61% 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 $ 1.1)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

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)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
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 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.4/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.4/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 2.3)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 9.4)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.4/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 7.5)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.6)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.8/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 10.2)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Mexico: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Mexico costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 20/month
($ 10.3 to $ 39)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.4)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

33% 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
($ 0.6 to $ 2.4)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 16/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 58)

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

Mexico: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Mexico costs 67% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 38/month
($ 20 to $ 81)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 26/month
($ 20 to $ 39)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 347/month
($ 174 to $ 705)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 222/month
($ 119 to $ 471)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 692/month
($ 330 to $ 1410)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 471/month
($ 234 to $ 941)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 29/month
($ 15 to $ 71)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 161/month
($ 95 to $ 308)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3463/yr
($ 1880 to $ 7047)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

Mexico: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mexico costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2.6 to $ 4.7)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 4.7 to $ 23)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Mexico: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Mexico costs 30% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.6/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 3.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 40
($ 20 to $ 58)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 15 to $ 48)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 69
($ 44 to $ 95)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 60
($ 34 to $ 109)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
$ 940
(fair price: $ 752)
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 916
(fair price: $ 723)
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
$ 820
(fair price: $ 740)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
$ 396
(fair price: $ 358)
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
London → Mexico City
$ 1070
(fair price: $ 825)
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
$ 423
(fair price: $ 371)
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
Toronto (Ontario) → Mexico City
$ 458
(fair price: $ 400)
Montreal → Mexico City
Montreal → Mexico City
Montreal → Mexico City
$ 445
(fair price: $ 386)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 523
(fair price: $ 384)
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
Manchester → Mexico City
$ 1007
(fair price: $ 870)
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
Dublin → Mexico City
$ 980
(fair price: $ 860)
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
$ 938
(fair price: $ 801)
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
$ 1426
(fair price: $ 1226)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 487
(fair price: $ 345)
Sydney → Mexico City
Sydney → Mexico City
Sydney → Mexico City
$ 1347
(fair price: $ 1156)
Los Angeles → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
Los Angeles  → Mexico City
$ 385
(fair price: $ 321)
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
Edinburgh → Mexico City
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 906)
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
$ 1436
(fair price: $ 1259)
Montreal → Acapulco
Montreal → Acapulco
Montreal → Acapulco
$ 578
(fair price: $ 501)
Melbourne → Mexico City
Melbourne → Mexico City
Melbourne → Mexico City
$ 1430
(fair price: $ 1220)
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
New York City → Mexico City
$ 531
(fair price: $ 390)
Auckland → Mexico City
Auckland → Mexico City
Auckland → Mexico City
$ 1395
(fair price: $ 1283)
Los Angeles → Acapulco
Los Angeles  → Acapulco
Los Angeles  → Acapulco
$ 480
(fair price: $ 406)
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
Toronto (Ontario) → Acapulco
$ 575
(fair price: $ 488)
London → Acapulco
London → Acapulco
London → Acapulco
$ 1078
(fair price: $ 934)
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
$ 1473
(fair price: $ 1370)
New York City → Acapulco
New York City → Acapulco
New York City → Acapulco
$ 579
(fair price: $ 478)
Perth → Mexico City
Perth → Mexico City
Perth → Mexico City
$ 2133
(fair price: $ 1893)
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
$ 2341
(fair price: $ 2105)

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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 24-09-2020.

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