Cost of Living in Quito

Summary about cost of living in Quito:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4.00 $ 3.00-6.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 25.00-45.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 $ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 $ 2.00-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.10 $ 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.74 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.47 $ 0.40-0.75
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.35 $ 3.03-4.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.91-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.78 $ 1.32-2.10
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.45 $ 1.36-3.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.73 $ 2.00-3.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.21 $ 2.50-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.45-1.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.68 $ 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.34-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.68 $ 0.50-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.23 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.20 $ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 $ 2.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 $ 4.00-5.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $ 0.25-0.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 20.00 $ 13.04-28.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 $ 1.50-1.60
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 2.41-2.82
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.00 $ 7.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.89 $ 1.48-2.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,990.00 $ 20,000.00-33,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,329.58 $ 25,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 38.85 $ 20.00-54.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 36.77 $ 20.00-55.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.52 $ 35.00-84.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.00 $ 8.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 307.00 $ 180.00-420.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,034.78 $ 4,000.00-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 72.73 $ 50.00-110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.02 $ 30.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 105.36 $ 80.00-140.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 100.86 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 437.96 $ 280.00-600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 274.35 $ 200.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 688.46 $ 450.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 492.92 $ 350.00-700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 150.54 $ 92.90-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 94.19 $ 65.03-153.29
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 637.08 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.94 9.00-14.00

Prices in Quito

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Last update: April 2019
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15 Comments so far

#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
#Rafael on Jan 15, 2017 :
Estou pensando em me mudar para Quito , sou do brasil ( porto alegre )

Sem falar espanhol , é um problema ?
em relaçao a custo de vida e documentaçao , como é ?
#carlos on Nov 29, 2016 :
Hi Ray...No worries.I was born in ecuador.Live on Vancouver Island now and is no way I whould move back there...Happy Canadian for the rest of my life,for lots of good reasons.For starter Quito weather in the winter is no much better than Nanaimo...The differences?.... here just to name a few:Corruption.Crime.Health Services.Safety.Education.Pollution.Dishonesty (rampant and endemic).Whealth Distribution Inbalance.Social Services.Food and Shelter security.....ok this list can go for ever.The point is if you want to move just TO SURVIVE Ecuador may be your place...but if you want to have NORMAL MIDDLE CLASS like here in North America you'll reggret.If you have children please think on them and their future because I guarantee you some time in their lifetime they will show up at the American/canadian embassy asking to get out...This is the word of advise from an ex-ecuadorian that has lived equal part of His life in both countries and is for a reason I whould never move back or do that to my two kids
#Ray on Sep 19, 2016 :
Getting ready to visit Quito. Is there anything my wife and I will have to worry about during our stay?
#Anonymous on Sep 05, 2016 :
I live in Ecuador and rent south side is from 80 dollars a month to 250 norh side of the side is more exensive fom 350 to 800 or even more if you want to play rich, food if you buy in the "mercado" for family of 4 can spend 50 dollars per week, in another words with 800 per month you can easilly live well, import things asr expensive because of the taxes like cars or clothes .
#Anna on Aug 13, 2015 :
I'm thinking of moving to Quito or Tambaco to work. I'm super white looking blonde American and I'm afraid I will stand out too much. I was offered a job there. Do you think I will be safe? I don't know anyone living there and my Spanish is just introductory. I think it will be a good opportunity for me though. What do you think?
#Diego on Jul 21, 2015 :
This is very sad i live in us for 18 years and planning to go back but i can see i cant live over there is so expensive im going to reconsider maybe go to a different state thanks everybody for sharing.
#leonidas on Jul 05, 2015 :
I regret 1000 times for choosing ecuador,in 5 years prices gone up 3-5 times,from properties to cigarettes,cant stand the fact that a simple small fridge costs more than 700 usd......shame on them,full thieves everywhere,dont trust even your shadow.
#Michael on Jun 28, 2015 :
How's the internet access and reliability? Is it so expensive as to be available only to the really really rich?

I mostly use it (the internet) to buy electronics and frivolous doo-dads (often from Amazon and ebay, but many international vendors also). Which I get the feeling might be frowned upon by some of you, mostly from comments of the happier folks in Quito who like the nice neighborhood scene. Well the neighborhood thing has a lot of appeal for me too, and it has a lively existence here where I live in a small university city in Virginia. But everybody has a private life here too, as I imagine they do in Quito too. Which they don't share with everyone they know (not to say that there aren't intimate friendships with the neighbors, just that you're closer to some neighbors than others). Like anywhere else I've ever lived (and there have been plenty of those, although all in the US).

Or is it that it's just the old-tymie retro thing that maybe some folks believe close neighborhood institutions promote?

If I moved there someday I wouldn't want the encumbrance of buying a house, and wouldn't mind driving a modest car as long as it ran reliably. Is the public transportation OK coverage-wise? What about the evil poor who ride the bus and kill you for your iPhone?

Main draw for me to Quito if what I imagine to be the perfect weather. High altitude equatorial location must make for stable and desirable weather year-round, or so I am imagining. Of course I could be wrong, maybe it's monsoons and ebola and horrible solar electrical storms, and everybody is miserable and afraid of the elements. I was only there a few weeks in the Northern Hemishere's summertime.

Sure does sound like an attractive place to live though.