Cost of Living in Merida

Summary about cost of living in Merida, Mexico:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 122.36 MXN 70.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 508.43 MXN 400.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 127.02 MXN 90.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35.00 MXN 21.00-77.53
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 58.26 MXN 40.00-80.00
Cappuccino (regular) 50.83 MXN 19.00-103.37
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 19.83 MXN 10.00-32.87
Water (12 oz small bottle) 17.63 MXN 8.00-25.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 75.71 MXN 51.10-94.64
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 28.27 MXN 22.68-61.61
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.71 MXN 4.54-18.14
Eggs (regular) (12) 25.81 MXN 18.00-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 57.36 MXN 34.02-90.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 45.81 MXN 36.29-98.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 76.48 MXN 31.75-164.98
Apples (1 lb) 23.94 MXN 18.14-32.25
Banana (1 lb) 8.85 MXN 4.54-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 10.77 MXN 6.80-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 11.79 MXN 8.62-15.88
Potato (1 lb) 10.04 MXN 6.80-15.88
Onion (1 lb) 13.84 MXN 9.07-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 18.75 MXN 10.00-26.46
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 18.33 MXN 12.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 165.00 MXN 100.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 29.97 MXN 20.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 49.65 MXN 30.00-75.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 60.00 MXN 55.00-70.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 MXN 7.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 MXN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 MXN
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) ?
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 MXN
Gasoline (1 gallon) 72.86 MXN 69.99-75.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 238,710.02 MXN 227,420.05-250,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 330,059.12 MXN 310,118.25-350,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,483.74 MXN 935.00-2,067.45
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) ?
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 503.00 MXN 350.00-699.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 466.67 MXN 300.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 150.00 MXN
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 82.00 MXN 70.00-150.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,166.67 MXN 1,500.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 68,333.33 MXN 20,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,246.30 MXN 723.61-2,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 710.12 MXN 500.00-1,300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,414.75 MXN 900.00-2,100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,233.33 MXN 1,000.00-1,300.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 9,884.91 MXN 5,000.00-16,539.64
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,000.00 MXN 3,000.00-6,202.36
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 17,168.64 MXN 5,000.00-28,944.37
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,101.18 MXN 8,000.00-25,843.19
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,101.16 MXN 3,101.16-3,101.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,101.16 MXN 3,101.16-3,101.16
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,623.27 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 16.50 12.00-20.00

Prices in Merida

This city had 374 entries in the past 12 months by 29 different contributors.
Last update: June 2021
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11 Comments so far
Bwg on Mar 28, 2021:
I like to live in Mexico when I'm living in Mexico. Could someone explain this concept to Mr. or Mrs Anonymous.
LR Johnson on Jan 08, 2021:
Price of recently built, three bedrooms, two bathrooms flat, located in quite residential area of Merida, which is close to shopping centers.
Johnny on Dec 23, 2020:
To the anonymous poster. A beer for 35 pesos is $1.75 US. Same as in Mexico City.. A $6 margarita is hardly expensive. Mexico is absurdly cheap, even compared to Guatemala.
Anonymous on Mar 03, 2019:
I have been here in Merida 3 days and in not impressed at all. I've lived in Thailand and several other Mexican cities.

Streets just 4 blocks from Centro have a lot of trash. I've been eating in tourist resteraunts and a domestic beer is NOT 25 pesos.. So far 35 to 47 pesos each. A simple margarita was 120 pesos! Meals are crazy prices . 300 pesos! Few coffee shops.

So for comparing tourist areas of Merida to Mexico city.. Mazatlan.. Puerto Vallarta.. and Querétaro. Merida is far more expensive. very dissapointed
Ryan on Feb 28, 2019:
Linda, with 1400 USD per month you can live quite well in Merida. I live here on about 700 dollars per month and I rent a whole property with a small house in a good part of town.

Merida is very safe, especially in the northern half of the city. I've gone out with a friend at 2am and walked the streets and not once did I worry for my safety. You can see families at all hours of the night playing in parks and having fun, and parents let their kids run around without worrying. I always walk to the store near my house to do shopping, and I usually leave after dark because it's very hot during the day. I walk back carrying all of my groceries during the night. You can get an Uber pretty much anywhere for less than 10 bucks.

Keep in mind that most people in Mexico won't speak any English. And society is much different than the US, so you will have to learn a lot and adjust. The first couple of months may be stressful. You need to find some English speaking friends and it will make your life much easier. But the food here is very natural and healthy, the people are lively, the city is safe, the scenery and wildlife are beautiful. I have to return to the US and start working again and I'm really not looking forward to it.
Alan Clare on Nov 05, 2018:
Hello.
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 ?
Thanks
Alan
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.
thanks.
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?