Cost of Living in Merida

Summary about cost of living in Merida:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 MXN 55.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 350.00 MXN 200.00-550.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 MXN 60.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 MXN 20.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 MXN 30.00-70.00
Cappuccino (regular) 40.55 MXN 30.00-70.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 11.64 MXN 8.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 MXN 7.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 64.67 MXN 56.78-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 23.89 MXN 18.14-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.48 MXN 6.80-8.16
Eggs (regular) (12) 22.90 MXN 17.40-28.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 60.48 MXN 45.36-90.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 30.09 MXN 27.22-63.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 43.09 MXN 31.75-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 15.12 MXN 11.34-27.22
Banana (1 lb) 6.21 MXN 5.22-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 6.35 MXN 4.54-11.34
Tomato (1 lb) 6.99 MXN 5.44-9.07
Potato (1 lb) 9.63 MXN 8.62-10.43
Onion (1 lb) 6.20 MXN 5.44-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 12.67 MXN 7.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.00 MXN 10.00-17.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 MXN 100.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 16.78 MXN 7.89-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.50 MXN 20.00-40.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 MXN 50.00-50.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 MXN 8.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 400.00 MXN 250.00-550.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 MXN 20.00-25.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 20.00 MXN 16.09-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 MXN 120.00-220.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 68.88 MXN 64.35-75.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 MXN 195,000.00-280,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 239,700.00 MXN 200,000.00-270,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 845.81 MXN 382.50-1,100.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.30 MXN 1.00-1.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 512.42 MXN 380.00-700.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 544.44 MXN 400.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 177.50 MXN 150.00-205.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 70.00 MXN 60.00-70.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,166.67 MXN 1,500.00-6,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 110,800.00 MXN 54,000.00-168,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 744.33 MXN 450.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 508.33 MXN 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,022.22 MXN 900.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 960.00 MXN 800.00-1,200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,888.89 MXN 2,000.00-9,570.44
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,324.23 MXN 1,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 7,237.33 MXN 4,000.00-13,398.62
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,073.95 MXN 3,500.00-11,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,350.87 MXN 1,227.24-2,871.11
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,482.69 MXN 929.02-2,871.11
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,500.00 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 17.33 14.00-20.00

Prices in Merida

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Last update: January 2019
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12 Comments so far

#Alan Clare on Nov 05, 2018 :
I've read such good reviews about living in Merida on a fixed income .
I'm a retired UK SociaL Worker and my partner a Spanish blogger.
Looking to rent a small studio / room for a month in April 19 to look around the City etc.
We are market shoppers not Cost Co so a a balanced neighbourhood would be super.
Any information welcome.
P.S. Why not use the buses ?
#Linda on Jul 14, 2018 :
Considering the move to retire in Merida or Tulum. I would have about 1,400/USD a month budgeted to live and which city would be the cheapest? Will this be enough? Also, what are the safe times to go to markets and shopping of a day and evening? Do you have to have a vehicle to get around in Tulum and Merida? A girlfriend is considering the same move she is retirement age too, is it safe for a single woman to live in either city? Thanks for any information given.
#cristina on Feb 11, 2018 :
HI i am a Mexican living in Ottawa, i would like to move just for one year with my kids (18 my daughter and 16 my son) because I want them to improve their Spanish, but how can i do all the process to register my kids at school? and also how can i find Canadian people or french/Canadian to be in touch with.
#Nora on Nov 11, 2017 :
I am a painter and would like to retire in Merida. Will I be able to live and buy art materials, pay for medical insurance and have a large enough space for living and painting with US $1500 ?
#Shawn on Aug 23, 2017 :
I lived in Merida for a few months. It's a safe place, but it's hot as bloody hell in the summer. The cost of living is low, but the salaries are also very, very low, so saving money would be tough. However, if you are looking to retire, I recommend it as long as you can drive. Don't take the buses there. Just don't.
#Isaac Frederick Grant on Jun 09, 2017 :
I've been offered a teaching job here with a monthly salary of 7000 pesos. Rent and utilities are already paid for. I'm stuck on whether to take the job as I'm not sure how well I could live on this income, anyone out there able to help me?
#BigHatcher on Jun 13, 2016 :
What type of work could I get if I move from Houston Texas? How much money would I need each month?
#Duke Taylor on May 24, 2016 :
Just seeing how it worked out for those that either were moving, thinking -about- moving, or are in the process of moving now. As you've probably gathered 4,000 Canadian Dollars is a good lot of money for mi querido México!!
#Oresztesz on Dec 04, 2015 :
Merida is still quite a safe place. The local hospitals and doctors are excellent, many foreigners come here because of Price and locals flock from other states for medical attention because of quality. There are many bilingual shools and lots of english only kids, so you daughter will not be alone.
The smaller cities and villages are very safe to live in, but be aware that you will not see much movement in any sense. Even merida is a rather quiet place, the villages are even more so. 4000 CAD can provide you with decent living standards.
#liz on May 05, 2015 :
Would it be safe for my son and I to live about 1 hour outside merida? I am a 54 yr old and he is 25. Also would an income of 4000 CD be adequate to live?
#Kristen McLeod on Mar 09, 2015 :
My boyfriend wants my kids and I to move to merida . My daughter 8 has a lot of medical needs .how are the hospitals and drs. Also is this a place where not speaking Spanish will be a huge problem? How are the schools?
#dcasarrubias on Feb 03, 2015 :
ray guzman, yes that is more than enough to live a pretty good life. I am a Software Engineer in Mexico and I make 20 000 pesos a month and I live very well. An average Mexican makes no more than 10 000 pesos a month so your salary is very good.