Cost of living 2019 in Ecuador

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Ecuador.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Ecuador will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Ecuador? How about buying an apartment or a house in Ecuador?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Ecuador?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Ecuador?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

- For Malacatos/Loja -

Property Tax: ~0.1% of assessed value (assessed at $50k = tax of $50) (no change)

Vehicle Registration/Tax: ~$250 / year (complicated.  depends on engine size, vehicle age, etc.) (no change)

Public transportation:  Taxi $2-2.50 / 10 minute ride.  Bus ~$1-1.25 / hour, $0.30 inside city (no change)

Foods:
Rice: $1 / kg
Pasta: $18 / 20 kg
Flour: $6-7 / 10 kg
Butter: $7 / kg
Sugar: $1 / kg
Milk: $1 / L
Ground beef: $3 / kg
Eggs: $1.80 / Doz
Onions: $1 / 3-4 lbs
Tomatoes: $1 / 3-4 lbs
Potatoes: $1 / 3-5 lbs
Pineapple: $0.75 ea

Monthly budget for groceries: $50-75 per person. (no change)

Gasoline: $1.85 / gallon (Much more expensive this year.  Was $1.48 a gallon - a 25% increase.)

Electricity: $20-40 / month (no change)

Propane: $2.50-5.00 / month - $2.50 / cylinder (no change)

Potable Water: ~$4 / month (no change)

Irrigation Water: $45 / year (Much more expensive - was $20 in 2017)

Internet: $470 / year (no change)

Phone (prepaid and IP): $30/year (no change)

Restaurant Lunch (Almuerzo): $2.25-2.50 (no change)

Coffee (Restaurant): $0.75 (no change)

While I have not collected detailed information it seems in the 2+ years I have lived here the cost of things has increased dramatically.  Of course I live in the center of Quito in one of the most popular areas.  Some examples are: a new one bedroom condo in a high-rise, now being built, is an eye popping $486,000  (You read that right.  Those are Austin Texas prices I moved away from.);  also I just glanced at a pair of sweatpants at MegaMaxi and they were nothing special for $38.00.  To me, those prices seem a bit extreme for Ecuador.  You can absolutely find better prices, but I am hoping that is not a sign of the times.  Same thing happened in Austin where I had originally planned to retire.

Easy now.

Yes, a fancy apartment in a sofisticado vecindario with pool, 24-7 vigilante and guardería will set back the jet set hundres of thousands in the capital, especially if you pay full price at the estreno phase.  New arrivals shouldn't be eyeing these.

Instead of buying designer sweat pants  -- or any sweat pants -- at Megamaxi, try non-mall local stores and remate mercados on Benalcázar.  You'll save a bundle.

You can budget high or low in Quito. Up to you. :D

cccmedia

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Ecuador?

$1200, 3 bedroom house with wooden floors in middle/upper middle class neighborhood.   

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

Taxi, 2.5 kilometers is about $4. Central areas in Quito to airport is $25. 

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

Pasta $2.50 500 grams (Italian brand), rice about $3 for 2 kilograms. Bread varies a lot, pita bread 8 pieces is $2.50.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

$300 more or less.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

Varies from $3.50 to $20. Proper arroz marinero (seafood fried rice) with a carbonated water is about $13.

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
$2

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
$4-$8

How much does a gym membership cost in Ecuador?
$80

JadeRiver :

While I have not collected detailed information it seems in the 2+ years I have lived here the cost of things has increased dramatically.  Of course I live in the center of Quito in one of the most popular areas.  Some examples are: a new one bedroom condo in a high-rise, now being built, is an eye popping $486,000  (You read that right.  Those are Austin Texas prices I moved away from.);  also I just glanced at a pair of sweatpants at MegaMaxi and they were nothing special for $38.00.  To me, those prices seem a bit extreme for Ecuador.  You can absolutely find better prices, but I am hoping that is not a sign of the times.  Same thing happened in Austin where I had originally planned to retire.

It's going to be an interesting year. They raised gasoline prices across the board, it was super first, now it's regular gas. They recently doubled the environmental tax for older cars.

A friend is fuming over that because the increase alone for his wife's car will be more than the basic salary. Hopefully, they counter the increases by further reducing costs elsewhere like reducing import taxes on imported cars.

Quality clothing is crazy expensive here with the exception of places like Zara during big sales. A decent dress shirt during sales can be bought for $30 (usual price is $50). I buy from them because I like their sizes (European).

Other stuff, like shoes, quality rain gear, sunglasses, I always buy abroad. 

Yeah, the cheap clothing here is either fake, or is cheaply made.

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