Cost of Living in Quito

Summary about cost of living in Quito:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 25.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 $ 5.75-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 $ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 $ 2.50-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.20 $ 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.77 $ 0.50-1.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.49 $ 0.30-0.75
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.23 $ 2.91-4.73
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.51 $ 0.91-2.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.68 $ 0.54-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.91 $ 1.50-2.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.44 $ 0.98-4.08
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.29 $ 2.04-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.87 $ 2.72-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 1.18 $ 0.45-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.58 $ 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.55 $ 0.45-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.17 $ 0.50-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.42 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.33 $ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.50 $ 3.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 $ 4.50-5.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $ 0.25-0.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 15.00 $ 10.00-21.74
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.50 $ 0.50-1.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 $ 2.33-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.81 $ 1.48-2.29
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,995.00 $ 20,000.00-32,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,952.38 $ 25,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 41.00 $ 20.00-80.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 37.83 $ 20.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.67 $ 40.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.09 $ 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 315.00 $ 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,626.67 $ 4,000.00-11,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 80.00 $ 50.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 57.62 $ 35.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 115.00 $ 85.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 104.00 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 466.30 $ 300.00-650.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 315.24 $ 250.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 783.33 $ 450.00-1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 517.37 $ 300.00-800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 165.60 $ 102.19-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 111.76 $ 83.61-162.58
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 551.67 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.97 8.69-15.00

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Last update: September 2018
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18 Comments so far

#Steven Eads on Oct 02, 2014 :
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.
#zeus on Mar 21, 2015 :
...they basically ask you for three months worth of rent to move in. Thus, whatever the monthly rent is- multiply it by three.
#Zeus on Mar 21, 2015 :
By the way, that old ass Suzuki or datsun will run you around 4grand$...
#zeus on Mar 21, 2015 :
I really believe Ecuador sucks!!! Most of what you hear is based on hype. Those who think it is cheap-- wake up!!! It's very expensive here. Try buying a decent used car--- the cheapest/dependable ride you'll find will be a Suzuki/Datsun from the late 80's and 70's respectively, but first make sure they have passed the ''revision''-- if not you won't be able to put the darn thing in your name and much less drive it. If you want to rent an o.k. apartment , it's going to run you around 300$ or more ( 300$ deposit ,300$ security, total: 900 to move in).
Luxuries are wayyy over-priced. You are going to pay like 3 times more for some electronic devices-like flat screen TVs- tan you do in the states. Food isnt cheap either. If you plan on cooking for yourself basic stuff like rice , chicken and beans it's going to run you around 7$ per day. If you plan on eating out(depending on the eatery) it could be anywhere from 12$ on up--- way up!!! Oh, hopefully you won't get mugged, raped or murder--- 'cause ecuadorian laws favor the victimizers instead of the victims , and the pólice is slow and their justice even slower. Some of their laws are down right criminal--- and so are their tariffs and taxes!!! Their politicians are thee worst-- especially their president. That guy is better suited to be a stand up comic a la Jim Carey than a president...
#John on Mar 16, 2015 :
I guess most of you don't remember the $ 450.00 winter utility bills and my $300.00 Air conditioning costs and the mosquitos so thick you can't sit outside ( Ever ) My fuel and insurance cost ( All) $ 268.00 per month . Now lets get to the truth I lived Jackson Mi. and my life was Hideous ! Highly rhythmic individuals Lurching around only living for drugs and Rims for there Chevrolet and Loud thud , thud , Boom all the time . Life is heaven here and I don't care what you motivation is, When in Rome live like a Roman . Speak there language and shovel the dog shit off the side walk and pick up trash ( Every Day ) The next thing that happens is there no more dog shit or trash after they see you cleaning up after 3 months . Be somebody don't go there and be a Gringo ( Period ) Your a citizen not a expat " America is pitiful " The doctor are just fine and if you want real cost go down to Lima for a month and shop at Wongs or any grino'est or Narco shoppers go . Well I'm getting bored thinking about all the cry baby cheap skates . Good Night and think about the minus 30 below weather and the neighbors that hate them selves and you ? Huh
#Alfredo on Nov 19, 2014 :
I don't understand what most negative comments are about.... I am born and raised in Quito and although I live in the U.S currently, the cost of living mentioned here by some users are just outrageous... it seems like those individuals are only used to live the "rich life." I have plenty of family living in Quito that own beautiful apartments (paying mortgage), have a car payment, they food shop (megamaxi ocasionally) and all basic utilities (gas, electric, water, internet) and I am absolutely sure they make no more than $1700 to $1800 a month. They are also young and only in their late 20's which obviously involve going out on a occasionally... a full meal is is no more than $3 and most just drink coffee and eat fruit in the morning which is extremely cheap. The only expensives costs are imported items such as foods, name brand clothing and electronics. Although I live in the U.S.A, I constantly travel down there but don't live the life of the "tourist with plenty of cash to spend," I live just like and Ecuadorian would live. I eat in a regular cheap restaurant, take regular public transportation and taxis and go out on weekends like most people my age do (I'm 25). I own a home down there so rent is not needed but in a month of being there I don't spend more than $900 during that month, but I'm talking $900 well spent, doing some travelling, eating well, going out, drinking moderately, etc.
With all that being said, anyone with a salary of approximately of around $1500 a month can easily live great in Quito or surrounding areas without any type of issues as long as they administer money well, and might even be able to save a couple of dollars. I am finishing up my masters in the US and plan to immediately move down there with a starting salary of $1500 a month (working as an ESL teacher at a private school). However, this does not include any extra work I can do besides teaching. I am a single man that will easily make around $2000 - $2500 a month which would even be enough to have a wife and a child and still live perfectly comfortable.
#Eric on Nov 10, 2014 :
If you think Ecuador is expensive, do a trip to Brazil (Rio is the best example)... You will find that Ecuador is Cheap !!! Most of the people here aren't comparing the same things... People who say that things are very cheap in Ecuador tend to live in small cities an to buy stuff from small farmers...(and like). If you want to live in a Big City, Like Quito or Guayaquil, and buy stuff on supermarkets... Usually the same stuff you buy in US... for sure it will be expensive... (probably more expensive than in US)
In my point of view, Ecuador is cheap, but tend to be cheaper if you live in a small city and eat veggies and fruit. (if you wanna buy electronics, for example (imported) for sure it will be much more expensive than it is in U.S.