Cost of Living in Quito

Summary of cost of living in Quito, Ecuador:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4.00 $ 3.00-9.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 $ 25.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 6.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.50 $ 1.50-5.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 $ 2.50-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.70 $ 1.75-3.80
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.08 $ 0.60-2.04
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.75 $ 0.50-1.50
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.95 $ 3.22-5.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.91-2.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.45-1.07
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.14 $ 1.28-3.36
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.17 $ 1.36-6.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.21 $ 1.25-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.38 $ 1.36-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.45-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.34-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 0.66 $ 0.45-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.45-1.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.63 $ 0.23-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.48 $ 0.32-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.81 $ 0.30-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.04 $ 0.70-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 8.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.44 $ 1.00-2.14
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.42 $ 2.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 4.50-12.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.35 $ 0.30-0.35
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 20.00 $ 15.00-43.48
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 $ 1.50-1.53
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 2.41-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $ 8.00-20.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.81 $ 2.38-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,444.44 $ 23,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 39.19 $ 23.38-60.71
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 13.08 $ 10.00-20.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 36.30 $ 27.50-46.48
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.50 $ 25.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.25 $ 10.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 $ 6.00-12.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 297.00 $ 200.00-700.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,834.29 $ 2,640.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 45.00 $ 20.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46.46 $ 35.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.36 $ 65.00-160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.27 $ 40.00-180.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 411.53 $ 212.50-650.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 280.77 $ 200.00-450.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 686.00 $ 400.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 494.23 $ 300.00-850.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 145.16 $ 78.97-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 113.81 $ 74.32-148.64
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 484.09 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.81 8.00-17.00

Prices in Quito

This city had 532 entries in the past 12 months by 42 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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4 Comments so far
David on Nov 12, 2022:
I lived in an apartment on Gonzalez Suarez Ave, but that was more than 20 years ago. So, comparing to today wouldn't be fair. For an American then, it was very inexpensive.
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.