Cost of Living in Merida

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 MXN 60.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 375.00 MXN 200.00-700.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 90.00 MXN 70.00-130.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 MXN 20.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 42.50 MXN 30.00-70.00
Cappuccino (regular) 46.01 MXN 30.00-70.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 12.27 MXN 9.00-30.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.83 MXN 7.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 66.72 MXN 56.78-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 24.04 MXN 18.14-35.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 6.80 MXN 4.54-9.07
Eggs (regular) (12) 24.67 MXN 18.00-35.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 53.45 MXN 44.00-90.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 46.72 MXN 29.48-136.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 40.82 MXN 31.75-181.44
Apples (1 lb) 18.48 MXN 15.88-22.68
Banana (1 lb) 6.49 MXN 5.22-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 7.14 MXN 4.54-11.34
Tomato (1 lb) 8.04 MXN 5.44-11.34
Potato (1 lb) 9.37 MXN 6.80-12.70
Onion (1 lb) 8.45 MXN 5.44-13.61
Lettuce (1 head) 11.75 MXN 10.00-27.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.17 MXN 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 MXN 100.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 18.73 MXN 7.89-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 27.40 MXN 20.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 54.00 MXN 50.00-57.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 MXN 7.50-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 480.00 MXN 375.00-550.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 MXN 20.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 26.09 MXN 20.00-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 MXN 100.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 72.47 MXN 66.32-79.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 MXN 170,000.00-400,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 245,000.00 MXN 180,000.00-400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 787.74 MXN 400.00-1,821.43
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.19 MXN 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 523.93 MXN 399.00-700.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 514.90 MXN 359.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 151.67 MXN 100.00-205.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 70.00 MXN 60.00-100.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,760.00 MXN 2,000.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 51,000.00 MXN 36,000.00-100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 779.33 MXN 300.00-1,200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 496.00 MXN 299.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,128.57 MXN 800.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 980.00 MXN 800.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,727.13 MXN 2,500.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,357.52 MXN 1,500.00-5,862.78
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,522.48 MXN 4,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,466.28 MXN 3,500.00-12,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,391.04 MXN 1,227.24-2,931.37
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,231.09 MXN 732.07-2,931.37
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 12.50 11.00-20.00

Prices in Merida

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11 Comments so far

#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 :
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.