What Does It Cost To Move To Mexico?

Whenever you move, there are upfront moving costs. There will be moving expenses whether you move across town or to an entirely different country.

Even though you can expect to reduce your living expenses when you move to Mexico, there will still be some costs you need to plan for when you move. In today’s post, I will detail some of these expenses you should plan for. I’ll also share some advice on how to save money with a few moving tips.

One of the highest upfront costs when moving to Mexico is securing a rental since you’ll have to factor in one month’s rent as a deposit and the rent itself. Another common expense when you first move to Mexico is getting your residency visa

See the chart below with estimated expenses for a couple moving to Mexico.

Remember that if you’re single, your expenses can be less. (All prices are shown in USD.)

Airfare to Move to Mexico (est $300 each)$600
Excess Luggage ($200 Each)$400
Pet Fees and Costs$300-500
Immigration Facilitator’s Fee$200-600
Residency Visa$300-400
First Month’s Rent & Security Deposit (approx 16,000 MXN/Month)$850
Stocking Up on Groceries$600
Eating Out Expenses$500
International Moving Company$4000-$10,000
TOTAL$7,750-$15,000 USD *approx. Could be a LOT less if you don’t hire a moving company

What Increases Your Cost of Moving to Mexico?

Buying a car could cost an additional $10,000 to $20,000, depending on the car you select. Full coverage insurance for a $20,000 car will cost about $500 a year, and you get a discount if you pay yearly. 

And you have to consider that you MUST have Mexican car insurance.

If you want to import your car, you could be looking at $2-8K USD, depending on the make and year of the vehicle.

If you pick the wrong immigration contact or real estate company, your costs will substantially increase. Some lawyers and real estate companies price gouge, and you could pay the gringo price.

You can remove the pet expense from the chart above if you don’t have any pets. But if you have more than one animal or a large pet that needs to travel in cargo, the expense could be substantially more than $500. Or if you have a pet that cannot fly, you’ll need to consider driving them down to Mexico or hiring a pet transport company.

The $500 USD estimate is for pet airfare, vaccination records, veterinarian letter of good health, and paperwork the airline may require.

If you plan to drive to Mexico, consider gasoline, hotels, tolls, food, and an extra 10% for incidentals.

However, if you hired someone to drive your pets to Mexico, you could easily add $3,000 to the cost of moving.

During your first month in Mexico, it’s common to dine out more frequently as you explore different restaurants. To account for this, I’ve added $500 for dining expenses. Even if you plan to start cooking immediately, settling in and unwinding can take some time, so it’s wise to budget for this expense.

Using an international moving company to bring your household goods to Mexico will be a major expense. The cost will vary greatly depending on how much you bring and how far it’s traveling.

How to Reduce Your Cost of Moving?

To reduce your costs to move to Mexico, you should consider selling the things you don’t need anymore and sizing down. Most household goods can be replaced once you get to Mexico.

If your monthly rent is below $16,000 pesos, it can help lower your initial moving costs. On the other hand, renting for over $16,000 pesos per month will result in higher upfront moving expenses.

Ideally, you should find a furnished rental that includes all utilities, so you don’t have any other upfront rental expenses like electricity or internet. Additionally, be cautious of aggressive agents who insist on three months’ rent upfront simply due to a competitive rental market. Many rentals in your desired city won’t demand this.

We advise that you only rent a furnished rental. Otherwise, you’ll also have the expense of buying furniture, which could double your upfront expenses.

If you need to buy household goods, Coppel is an affordable place for furniture, bedspreads, curtains, kitchen appliances, and more in Mexico. Their furniture quality is similar to Walmart’s, and they often can deliver it to your home for no extra cost.


Buying health insurance in Mexico could add another $100-$300/month – depending on age and a few other factors.

You can also self-insure with no fixed monthly expenses. Self-insure means that you’ll pay for a doctor’s visit as you need them. It often costs $5-$50 USD to see a doctor or specialist doctor in Mexico. Of course, this depends on the specialist type, location, and appointment type.

Emergency overnight stays at a hospital in Mexico range from $3,000-$10,000 MXN a night- depending on the hospital, the type of ward you are staying in, and what meals are included.

When is the BEST Time to Move to Mexico?

Why We Recommend A Private Relocation Tour

You may have already done a lot of research and have a “shortlist” of places you are considering relocating to. And if you’re ready, go on a scouting trip because nothing will beat boots on the ground to determine if Mexico is right for you. 

Our Private Mexico Relocation Tours are a great option for you!

A relocation tour is a 1-3 day tour in a specific town/area you want to live in. A Private Tour is fully customized to do and see what interests you most. And a Private Tour will only have you or your family, so you don’t have to share transportation.

During a private relocation tour, you’ll see neighborhoods, shopping options, cost of living examples, and healthcare options, and you’ll learn what it’s like to live like a local. That way, you’ll better understand your cost of living in a specific town or city. And you’ll also move to Mexico with a far better understanding of your life there.

We have recommended private relocation tour guides across Mexico. Check out what cities we have contacts in here.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions


  1. Freebies says

    I am very happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  2. Hairstyles says

    I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great info I was looking for this information for my mission.

    • Mariana Lange says

      Glad you found this to be a good topic. It’s important to know this info before considering your move. I get my information from personal experience and from my research

  3. Sharon Leigh Warlick says

    Hi Marianne,
    See my email address below.
    Can I schedule a day & time to finish our conversation?
    Let me know.
    Enjoyed our conversation this afternoon. So happy to get upfront info about Queretara.
    Chat Soon,

  4. Jamylah says

    Very helpful information, I always want to move to Mexico but kind of scare because all you ever heard of Mexico is crimes, not safe. You can’t live there alone as a black female.
    I’m debating, Mexico, Spain, Bolivia or Costa Rica.
    I have to choose. I’m looking for the cheaper life style from u.s

    • Mariana Lange says

      Good points Jamylah!
      However, you will find that when you live in Mexico the color of your skin is not a problem. Mexico is one of the easiest countries to integrate to as a foreigner because the Mexican people are very friendly.
      And everything you hear on the news is correct up to a certain point. Because remember that the media is there to sell stories. Most people live in peace and are not afraid of living in Mexico because the majority are not affected by the cartel violence. But if you read the news it makes it sound like the cartel is everywhere- which isn’t true.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Joan Bell says

    Hello Mariana,
    I am thinking about moving to Los Barriles in Baja, from Seattle, WA. I’m trying to find out what the cost is for moving furniture and boxes of stuff. Can you help?
    Thanks so much.

    • Mariana Lange says

      Hi Joan!
      We are not a moving company, so anything I tell you will be a range. However, we have a directory of international movers we highly recommend working with in our Mexico Relocation Online Guide.


  6. Mercy says

    Hello amariana, I’m from Africa, I love to study electrical engineering in Mexico, how will I get low cost schools for my course?
    Thank you

  7. Ronnie A says

    This number is right on in our experience.
    Funny thing is we drove. We also didn’t hire a moving company.
    Then why were our costs so high?
    We drove only 6 hours a day from Florida to Guadalajara.
    We had 2 pets with us and we wanted to keep them as comfortable as possible.
    So, we picked the best hotels available that also accepted pets. So our room costs were up there. We ate exactly were we wanted and didn’t budget.
    We also ordered things before we left that we weren’t sure if we’d be able to get in Mexico.
    Like medications, health supplements, beauty products,and favorite pet foods and we took 6 months worth.
    No problems at customs, but we did bury these things at the bottom of our trunk.
    I think if you go in with a number in mind of $15k, and you come in under, you’ll be happy with that and you won’t feel bad about it.
    Meantime, we’re here 5 months and we have zero regrets.
    Lower costs with an upgrade in lifestyle and Mexicans are very kind and friendly.

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