Cost of Living in Quito

Summary about cost of living in Quito, Ecuador:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.50 $ 2.50-8.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 20.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 $ 1.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.40 $ 1.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.94 $ 0.50-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.70 $ 0.50-1.15
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.77 $ 2.95-5.30
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.48 $ 0.91-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.40-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.86 $ 1.20-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.27 $ 1.13-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.02 $ 1.36-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.87 $ 1.44-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 1.03 $ 0.45-1.59
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.41-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.45-1.59
Tomato (1 lb) 0.72 $ 0.36-1.04
Potato (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.23-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.34-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 0.71 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.11 $ 0.80-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 5.50-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.43 $ 0.75-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.19 $ 1.75-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $ 0.25-0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 $ 20.00-50.00
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 $ 6.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.60 $ 1.85-3.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,952.38 $ 24,000.00-33,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 40.32 $ 21.25-66.11
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.05-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 40.04 $ 25.00-55.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.15 $ 30.00-83.33
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.00 $ 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 321.11 $ 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,784.00 $ 4,700.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.96 $ 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 48.50 $ 25.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 103.36 $ 75.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.54 $ 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 436.97 $ 300.00-700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 266.43 $ 180.00-550.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 804.00 $ 600.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 505.17 $ 300.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 145.43 $ 92.90-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 90.37 $ 69.68-157.93
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 543.94 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.88 8.00-17.00

Prices in Quito

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Last update: November 2020
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11 Comments so far
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
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