Cost of Living in Guayaquil

Summary about cost of living in Guayaquil:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.00 $ 3.00-7.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 25.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 $ 1.00-1.75
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 2.00-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.15 $ 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.77 $ 0.50-1.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.45 $ 0.30-1.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.88 $ 2.99-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.53 $ 1.21-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.35-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.12 $ 1.80-2.90
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.61 $ 2.00-3.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.10 $ 2.72-4.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.80 $ 3.63-4.30
Apples (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.45-1.12
Oranges (1 lb) 0.72 $ 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.67 $ 0.45-0.68
Potato (1 lb) 0.40 $ 0.29-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.41-0.88
Lettuce (1 head) 0.64 $ 0.42-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.88 $ 0.60-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 8.00-17.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.34 $ 1.10-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.97 $ 1.15-2.75
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 5.30-6.20
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 $ 0.28-0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 14.00 $ 10.00-25.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 1.50-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.21 $ 0.80-1.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 11.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.97 $ 1.48-2.32
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 22,000.00-35,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,100.00 $ 25,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 66.64 $ 35.17-106.25
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.98 $ 30.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.79 $ 30.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.00 $ 12.00-45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.50 $ 4.60-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 272.86 $ 150.00-400.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,633.33 $ 3,000.00-8,400.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 87.08 $ 50.00-160.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 77.00 $ 35.00-150.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 113.33 $ 90.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 122.27 $ 80.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 440.00 $ 250.00-650.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 328.57 $ 200.00-500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 709.64 $ 350.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 653.12 $ 380.00-1,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 125.85 $ 78.97-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 106.74 $ 92.90-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 475.58 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.30 10.00-13.00

Prices in Guayaquil

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Last update: June 2018
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8 Comments so far

#Adafel Atencio on Jan 18, 2018 :
Dear Sirs;
What a great page! The sole place where I could find the information regarding the cost of living of several cities and also comparisons between any two cities. This eliminated a lot of hassle going from page to page.
Unfortunately, I cannot provide any information with regard to Caracas or any other city in Venezuela. As an inhabitant in this country, those data are usually unimportant. It takes a tourist visiting here to furnish you with the appropriate information.
Besides, in the chaotic situation that has been recently created here (in political and economical terms), prices vary every two weeks or so, as the cost of the US currency goes wildly up.
Thanks a lot for your invaluable help at this time when I am deciding to leave my country for good before it´s too late.
#Michael on Sep 27, 2015 :
What you said Martin was right. I´m from Guayaquil and everything here is expensive. Even Guayaquil is more expensive than Quito. For a normal mid class family in Guayaquil, both heads of the family need to work for an average salary of $1800 monthly ($900 each, btw. the average salary for a normal worker is $400-$800), in order to pay the bills, pay the private school fees (here public schools are bullshit), pay the rent (starting from $300 now in 2015 in shit neighborhoods) and to have something to eat. And after all they remain with some expeses which need to be covered with credit cards.
I know there is a lot of people saying that my country is cheap. That´s not true, for foreigners could be (If they have more than $2000 monthly for a large trip), but there are other facts to take in count. Insecurity first of all, here if you don´t get appointed with a gun for your $100 watch and your wallet, you are a lucky guy. Don´t trust local people. Here we say "sabidos" to the people who want to take advantage from others who doesn´t know how is the deal in the city. It's like Scam in the clubs, but in whole city.

My comment supplies, Martin, your very accurate comment about my home city and country.
#Arlinda on Sep 25, 2015 :
We're planing to retire in ecuador,which is best Cuenca or Guayaquil, any feedback will be appreciated.
#Kathy on Aug 03, 2015 :
Hello, we are from Miami and moving to Guayaquil soon as Expats. Can anyone tell me where can i find information on salaries for executives at Guayaquil?
Also which is the best private school there. My husbands company will pay for that but I need to know which is the right one for my gifted kids.
#Carlos Molina on Jul 28, 2015 :
Hi i see your commets about Guayaquil, im from Guayaquil, i can tell you that live here cost you for 3 people around $2500 dollars per month but you can save money if you can rent an aparmet in the south of the city in los Esteros it can cost about $250 per month.
in the supermarket you can spend another $300 per month and if you buy a minivan like tracker it can cost $25000 brand new , but its a second hand it can be at $16000 in good conditions . if you open a bank acount you can have a credit line here a can buy a new car its better because you dont need to spend in repairs.

for the security in the city you should be very carefull dont trust in the cheaper taxi because its bad signal.

if you are in guayaquil you can write me for any sugestions .
#Don on Oct 20, 2014 :
I'am moving to Ecuador in 3 yrs my wife is Ecuadorian but hasent lived there for about 30 yrs,do you think that will be easiar for us for getting a car and other things a little cheaper.since shes a citizen.
#Manuel on Jun 02, 2014 :
Another company for Taxis is
Fastline +593 4 2823333 / +593 4 2622044 / +593 999567111
They are good in all Guayaquil's northern area and have english speakers
#Manuel on Jun 02, 2014 :
Martin pretty good description and closest to what is going on in Ecuador I agree with James about no sugar coating. I am ecuadorian and lived abroad almost 10 years, most of them in Australia.
In regards to taxis, personally I rather to take just company ones, they are a bit dearer but I have peace of mine. Negotiate prices for the ride it is the way to go in Guayaquil, for many years Council have tried to established the taximeter service but negotiating culture has ruled. Short ride of 15 to 20 min is $2.50 to $3 with no heavy traffic, with heavy traffic could cost $4 to $5. Usually peek hours which is from 7am to 10am and 6pm to 8:30pm it is really hard to get a taxi and worst trying to get to downtown or Northern city area and viceversa. So for this reason is advised to keep few numbers of taxis companies to move around until you get yourself a car. Which is convenient in the long run, I got myself a second hand car SUV which is good to keep in mind if you like to travel or you are a bit adventurous and... because once in a while some areas get flooded and with a SUV of 4x4 you will just cruise through it
I would like to invite you to join for free to InterNations (great Expats community) in Guayaquil which is the city where I have settled since I came back from Sydney, Australia. Their website is
Through InterNations I have met a group of English people who gather at the Phoenix Club (British Club) every monday and so. Of course there is a good blend of nationalities on IN group, a bit from everywhere but mostly from US, CAN and UK. My english friend John Abell is member of IN and member of the Phoenix Club once in while we organize social events for our expat community in Guayaquil. When you get in town, send me a message and we could meet for a cold beer or for an InterNations montly meeting.


My email is

Here some Taxi companies in Guayaquil:

Taxi Comfortfast Line: +593 94085586 when dialing from a mobile: 0994085586
This company is good in the Samborondon, Alborada, Sauces, Aeropuerto, Kennedy, Urdesa, Terminal Terrestre (Bus Terminal) and downtown area.

Taxi Paraiso: +593 4 2201877
This company are good in the Ceibos, Pto. Azul, Via a la Costa, Urdesa, Kennedy, Miraflores and downtown area.