What Does It Cost To Move To Mexico?

Whenever you move, there are upfront moving costs. There will be moving expenses even if you’re moving across town or within the same state.

Even though you can expect to reduce your living expenses when you move to Mexico, there will still be some expenses you need to plan for when you move. In today’s post, I will detail some of these expenses you should plan for, and I’ll also give you some tips 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 your monthly rent. Some other common expense when you first move to Mexico could be the cost of getting your residency visa. See the chart below with estimated expenses for a couple to move 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 Airfare$300-500
Immigration Facilitator’s Fee$200-600
Residency Visa$250-350
First Month’s Rent & Security Deposit (approx 16,000 MXN/Month)$1600
Stock Up on groceries$600
Eating Out Expenses$500
TOTAL$5,000 USD *approx
sample of moving expenses when moving to Mexico

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, but you can opt to pay monthly.

If you wanted to import your car, you could be looking at $2-3K, depending on the make and year of the vehicle.

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

You can remove that expense from the chart above if you don’t have pets. But if you have more than one pet or a large pet that needs to go in cargo, the expense could be substantially more than $500.

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

You can save significantly if you drive with your pets to Mexico instead of flying. However, if you hired someone to drive your pets to Mexico, you could easily add $2,000 to the cost of moving.

The first month you move to Mexico, you’ll be more likely to eat out more often to try out different restaurants, so I added $500 for eating out expenses. Even with the best intentions to start cooking immediately, it can take some time to unpack and unwind. You should plan this expense.

How to Reduce Your Cost of Moving?

To reduce your costs to move to Mexico, you should consider selling as many things you don’t need anymore and sizing down.

If you rent for less than $16,000 Pesos per month, that can reduce your upfront moving expenses, but if you rent for more than $16,000 Pesos a month, it will increase your 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. Also, avoid pushy agents who ask for 3 months upfront to rent you a place only because it is in a competitive rental market. Plenty of rentals in the city you’re interested in won’t require you to pay 3 months upfront.

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.

An affordable place to buy furniture, bedspreads, curtains, kitchen appliances, and more in Mexico is Coppel. Their furniture quality is similar of Walmart.


Buying health insurance in Mexico could add another $100-$200/month for Mexico-only private insurance.

International Health insurance could be an additional $250-$400 per month per person especially if you get coverage in the United States.

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 costs $20-$40 USD to see a specialist doctor in Mexico. Of course, it depends on the specialist type, location, and appointment type.

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 to go on a scouting trip because nothing will beat boots on the ground for you to determine if Mexico is right for you. 

Then our Private Relocation Tours is a great option for you! A Mexico Relocation Tour is a 1-3 day tour in a specific town/area. 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 and the Private Tour Guide.

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

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

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