Cost of living in Guatemala

Summary of cost of living in Guatemala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Q18,034
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Q8,227
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Latin America (8 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 70% of countries in the World (54 out of 77)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q78
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Q44
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q22
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q11
12 eggs, large Q16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q30
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q15
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q97
2 liters of coca-cola Q14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q8
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Q6,545
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Q3,437
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q468
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Q4,253
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Q2,110
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Q280
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Q264
40” flat screen tv Q3,055
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Q683
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q64
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q21
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Q460
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Q296
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Q725
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q777
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q138,741
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q6
Monthly ticket public transport Q124
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q44
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q124
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Q233
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Q48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q34
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q47
4 rolls of toilet paper Q16
Tube of toothpaste Q17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q74
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q151
2 tickets to the movies Q83
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q196
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q401
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q61
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q31
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Q5,407
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q1.28
1 month of gym membership in business district Q353
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Q34

Map of Cost of Living in Guatemala


This map shows only the top cities in Guatemala. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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