Cost of living in Guatemala

Summary of cost of living in Guatemala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Q20,662
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Q9,630
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 69% of countries in Latin America (11 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 75% of countries in the World (52 out of 69)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q84
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Q47
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q31
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q14
12 eggs, large Q18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q40
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q82
2 liters of coca-cola Q17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q8
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Q7,355
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Q4,501
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q535
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Q5,175
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Q3,074
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Q359
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Q211
40” flat screen tv Q3,368
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Q910
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q89
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q34
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Q449
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Q429
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Q734
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q709
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q127,147
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q9
Monthly ticket public transport Q177
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q36
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q141
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Q299
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Q41
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q55
4 rolls of toilet paper Q19
Tube of toothpaste Q13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q88
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q118
2 tickets to the movies Q88
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q273
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q330
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q58
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q21
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Q5,899
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q2.11
1 month of gym membership in business district Q406
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Q25

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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