Cost of Living in Quito

Summary about cost of living in Quito, Ecuador:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.88 $ 2.50-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 $ 25.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.25 $ 5.50-7.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 $ 1.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.38 $ 1.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.97 $ 0.50-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.65 $ 0.50-1.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.87 $ 3.03-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.61 $ 1.00-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.87 $ 1.20-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.24 $ 0.91-4.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.27 $ 1.36-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.30 $ 1.44-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 1.05 $ 0.45-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.36-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 0.88 $ 0.45-1.59
Tomato (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.36-1.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.23-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.45-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 0.73 $ 0.50-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.02 $ 0.75-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 5.50-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.46 $ 0.75-2.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.01 $ 1.75-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.75 $ 3.50-8.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $ 0.25-0.35
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 $ 21.74-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 $ 1.50-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 1.75-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $ 6.00-12.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.41 $ 1.83-3.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 $ 18,000.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,250.00 $ 25,000.00-33,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 41.26 $ 21.25-70.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.05-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38.87 $ 25.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.33 $ 30.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.47 $ 10.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 333.91 $ 200.00-560.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,561.74 $ 4,700.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 67.80 $ 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.61 $ 25.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.50 $ 75.00-140.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.65 $ 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 463.67 $ 300.00-750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 271.54 $ 150.00-500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 782.69 $ 600.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 490.00 $ 300.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 139.35 $ 92.90-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 93.32 $ 69.68-204.38
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 487.71 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.10 7.99-18.00

Prices in Quito

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Last update: June 2021
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11 Comments so far
guillermo Cartagena on Feb 05, 2021:
Quito is one of the most expensive cities in the whole world to live, of course comparing cost of life versus average net monthly income.
Quito have rich country prices and third world salaries.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
I lived in Quito for 1 year and it was a big disappointment. Very high prices a difficult visa process high crime and corruption. The Ecuador government websites paint it as the cheapest country in South America but there's no truth to that. Remember if you sign a lease for a rental you are bound legally to honor the lease for 1 year. If you try to leave Ecuador before your lease is up the authorities will stop you from leaving at the airport. A Australian friend of mine found this out trying to leave 2 months before his lease expired. Ecuador doesn't want any foreigners to leave especially business owners.
Judy on Feb 03, 2020:
I live in Centro Histórico, and some of the prices listed here are a bit high.
Eggs where I am are 10¢ each (1.20/ dozen)
milk, 80¢/ liter
At bolla d'oro, you can get decent wine for around $7/ bottle.
My internet (CNT) is 27/ month, water 5/ month, and electric 30/month, mainly due to my ancient energy guzzling fridge.
If you shop small mercados, and avoid the fancy malls in the north, you can live pretty inexpensively.
Anonymous on May 11, 2019:
Expats are leaving Ecuador at a high rate for the last 6 months and rightfully so.Ecuador will lose the USD as their currency and need to revert back to their original currency since the U S won't distribute any more purchases of USD from the Ecuadorian government.
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019:
Hi @Revenel. I live in Quito.

To answer your question, I would say it depends on the location, as it determines the price you will have to pay. Let say you want to live in a central, nice location as Rep Salvador or Gonzalez Suarez Av or places like that. In that case, I think you would need nearly $2k if you decide to go on for a beautiful building to live in. It may be less. If you decide to go to Cumbaya Valley, for that amount you could get a decent house in a decent place.
Ravenel on Jan 30, 2019:
How much does it cost to live in a safe beautiful building with 2bedrooms?

Is theft a problem.
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2019:
U S prices living in Quito a 3rd world country, never me.
Steven Eads on Jul 20, 2018:
I tried to compare "cost of living" in Cotacachi, Ecuador with that of Quito, and it didn't work. How can I do that?
Anonymous on Jul 08, 2018:
If you want to live well in Ecuador, consider Cuenca. The climate is nice. Cuencanos are very well educated, polite, and well mannered and the cost of living is low, There are many expats living there..many from Canada. It is also safe. Look up the best places to retire or live well on a 1,300 approximately for a family of 4. I lived in Ecuador for 6 years. I love Quito and visited 2010 and was surprised at how expensive things have become. I lived in a nice area in Quito. I am from Miami of Cuban descent and always come back to the USA but it is lovely in Cuenca.
John Greenhalgh on Jul 21, 2017:
Current taxi fare to and from airport to the central historic district (govt reg taxis): 27 usd / 20 usd.
John Greenhalgh on Jul 21, 2017:
Using "average" costs for mid-afternoon to high-end restaurants is not very meaningful in Quito historic areas, due to extreme variability. Variability is primarily related to the amount of tourist traffic