Cost of Living in Mexico City

Summary about cost of living in Mexico City:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 90.00 MXN 70.00-120.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 MXN 400.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 96.50 MXN 75.00-109.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 MXN 26.66-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 60.00 MXN 45.00-80.00
Cappuccino (regular) 38.77 MXN 25.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 11.98 MXN 10.00-18.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 9.55 MXN 7.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 67.84 MXN 56.78-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 24.78 MXN 18.14-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.01 MXN 6.80-11.34
Eggs (regular) (12) 28.41 MXN 20.00-36.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 45.51 MXN 31.75-57.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 40.59 MXN 31.75-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 64.39 MXN 40.82-90.72
Apples (1 lb) 16.94 MXN 13.15-20.41
Banana (1 lb) 8.58 MXN 6.35-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 7.38 MXN 4.54-11.34
Tomato (1 lb) 9.37 MXN 6.80-14.51
Potato (1 lb) 10.05 MXN 6.80-13.15
Onion (1 lb) 8.89 MXN 5.44-14.51
Lettuce (1 head) 14.00 MXN 10.00-20.31
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.03 MXN 11.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 130.00 MXN 100.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 20.44 MXN 9.87-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 46.95 MXN 32.00-60.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 MXN 45.00-60.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 MXN 5.00-7.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 MXN 152.17-434.78
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.28 MXN 8.70-15.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.83 MXN 7.50-16.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 MXN 78.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 73.89 MXN 68.86-75.90
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 340,000.00 MXN 250,000.00-355,990.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 298,315.39 MXN 250,000.00-336,200.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 836.15 MXN 500.00-1,416.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.33 MXN 0.85-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 524.23 MXN 350.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 769.36 MXN 400.00-1,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 299.20 MXN 150.00-600.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 80.00 MXN 70.00-90.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,623.56 MXN 2,500.00-8,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 107,918.75 MXN 43,000.00-192,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 833.37 MXN 600.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 589.45 MXN 400.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,472.50 MXN 1,000.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,466.10 MXN 900.00-2,300.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,122.81 MXN 7,000.00-15,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,254.39 MXN 3,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 21,264.46 MXN 14,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,008.62 MXN 7,500.00-23,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,287.10 MXN 2,787.07-5,806.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,539.54 MXN 1,393.53-5,016.72
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 11,527.78 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.06 9.00-12.50

Prices in Mexico City

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Last update: December 2018
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11 Comments so far

##anon on Apr 03, 2018 :
pretty good prices, in Israel its like 2 to 4 times the cost in almost all the categories.
I guess the salary in mexico city are much lower then, so does anyone know what a programmer what be the average salary?
#Héctor Martínez on Oct 05, 2017 :
Public mexican education is free. Most of Mexicans study in public schools, therefore, if you incluye the cost of prívate education in your Cost of Living estimate, your figures are wrong.
#Anonymous on Sep 19, 2016 :
If you are alone with $2,000 USD its ok Mexico City, with family need $6,000 or $8,000 Usd to live well
#krtik on May 11, 2016 :
I would like to do my research in Mexico with the fellowship of MXN$ 10, it enough?...i had doubt about the living cost for a month...can anyone tell the living cost in US$...
#Anonymous on Jan 14, 2016 :
If my wife and I earn 110000 pesos per month can we Live Well México city?
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2015 :
The salary listed is extremely inflated. The actual *median* salary in Mexico City is 4900 pesos. That is, 50% earn less than that, and 50% earn more. On the other hand, since this website is in English and seems to be geared toward people who have the economic leverage to choose between working in a bunch of different global cities, the amount that the target audience could expect to earn is much more than the median.

The profile of the typical user of this site might also explain some rather inflated figures, as well. 500 pesos for 2 people at a "mid-range" restaurant seems crazy to me - that figure is for an expensive restaurant, but wealthy expats who live, work, and consume in only the most posh neighborhoods may have no idea how unrepresentative their perception of "mid-range" is. And 80 pesos is at the high end of an inexpensive restaurant meal. A typical "comida corrida" meal, a multi-course lunch in a small family restaurant, costs 40-60 pesos. And one great thing about Mexico City is that you can have a good meal at a street stand and spend 30-40 pesos.

The rent is also inflated. The figures for "outside of the city center" are actually pretty good figures for rent living exactly in the city center, in a typical Mexico City apt. The figures for "living in the city center" correspond *not* to the center, but rather to upper middle class areas like Condesa, Del Carmen, Del Valle, and Cuauhtémoc. (Not for luxury apartments, but apartments nicer than what a typical middle class apartment in Mexico City.) The rent in a working class neighborhood or an area further away from business/cultural centers is much less, although many expats would prefer not to live in those areas.

If you're not a businessperson working for an international corp. or highly skilled professional living in an exclusive neighborhood and consuming American/Western European style goods, you can live comfortably and spend less for many of the items listed here.
#Nicolas on Oct 25, 2015 :
So a person that does not live in the city center and lives in a 1-room flat, spends still half of his/her salary for the rent?
#Ferdinando on Aug 14, 2015 :
My entry on a mid range restaurant is based on my recent visit to VIP's a Mexican chain restaurant for lunch no discount offered.
However, food prices in Mexico city tend to vary on which part of the city you are at.
For example, sometimes 4 (four) tacos and a soda at a food truck or improvised restaurant, no decor nor upscale neighborhood could be as expensive as eating in one of these chain restaurants.
I left many spaces blank as I don't drink alcohol and I live at my own place.
US dollar has gone up dramatically in the last three months thus making imported goods quite more expensive, for example 890 grams of US Choice rib eye steaks at Costco - cost cutting club, very popular in North America- can go as much as 700.00 MXN
Opposite to European goods; I was able to buy 250 grams of German brand Davidoff rich aroma coffee for 40.00MXN when the average half a kilo of mexican grown coffee can go as high as 90.00 MXN
Spain's liver pathe for 25.00MXN versus 45.00MXN to the low quality produced in Mexico.
I would be more than glad to help you keeping up to date on the prices that I know of.
I'm a 50 year old single, professional man living on my own so I tend to eat out most of the time.
#Anonymous on Jul 22, 2015 :
Let´s not forget that Mexico is quite an inequal country and that 33.2% (37.6 million) of the population live with less than $5.00 a day, this is the main reason why there is so much confusion with the average salary.
In such inequal countries, basing our judgement on average figures is just unreliable.
#sheri mcgugan on Mar 18, 2015 :
I wanted to know how much could I rent a home in mexico city for by the month. at least 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
#Anonymous on Dec 01, 2014 :
Alberto H is right, average monthly salary in Mexico City is at MX$366.53/day which makes it around US$655 or MX$9163/month for 25 days of work. I'm leaving an article of El Universal about it, the source they used was the Mexican Social Security Institute and the date was jan 2014