Cost of Living in Mexico City. Prices Updated Dec 2020.

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Came to CDMX from NYC. Lived in a bunch of cities around the US. CDMX is my favorite. That being said, it’s still Latin America. Take precautions. I grew up in the NYC area around the gangs and stuff of the 90s and 00s. Here are a few tips to strongly consider

1) Live in Polanco, no farther north than Juarez, no father south than Escandon (unless you’re going to Coyocan), no farther east than Roma or Doctores. All assuming you want to be near some action. Don’t listen to these wannabe «woke» people. These areas the cops tend to be around and about. As well as other tourist and likes of.

2) Uber everywhere thats too far to walk. Definitely at night. From Escandon to Roma is about 40 pesos (2 USD). While, the metro is much cheaper, there’s a reason they have a female only car. Also you have to really know here you’re going

3) The people here are awesome. Made some solid friends. Just be careful and don’t be too trusting. To an American, 200 usd is good money but nothing to commit a crime over. Here, that is some people monthly income. I personally know a buddy of mine who got set up and almost robbed. Just be careful.

I do love it here and have 0 plans on leaving. Just don’t walk around like its all safe.

9 days ago

I do love Mexico City, it’s incredibly vibrant with friendly people.

That said, I will warn against following advice from people who go for a few months and say, «it’s safe because I never had an issue».

This is Latin America and it is known to be dangerous for a reason, statistically, even Mexico City is very unsafe. The chance of something dangerous happening goes up the longer you stay, only you can decide if that’s worth it.

1 month ago

Mexico City is a blast and at a decent price. Safety wise, it’s much like any other big city: be careful where you go at night. There’s plenty of great food throughout the city with much to do during the day and at night (YES to Lucha Libre!).

3 months ago

Mexico City is perfectly safe. I’ve lived in areas like Doctores and Guerrero and never had an issue. $1300 per month is inaccurate. You can get a 1 bed studio or apartment for less than $400. The ‘living like a local’ cost is perfectly achievable, why would it be $800 more for a nomad? Narvarte and Napoles are perfect areas to stay.

Stay away from typical areas like Condesa if you actually want to feel like a local. All you’ll get in Condesa is overpriced bars, gringos and muggings because thieves know people spending $1300 will go there!

Don’t listen to people saying get Uber. Waste of time. The Metro is 5 pesos and much faster. You’re not going to get murdered.

6 months ago

it’s a great place to live and i recommend to visit it just to check it out.


We came here on our way from Playa del Carmen to USA and loved it so much that we decided to live there.

1 year ago

Great food and affordable Airbnbs in decent neighborhoods! What more could you ask for! Highly recommend Mexico City if you’re passing through LATAM.

1 year ago

Amazing, amazing, amazing. I initially arrived there for 2 weeks with an intention for it to be just a transit stop, but stayed there for 3 months. Stay in the right areas (Condesa, Roma, Coyoca, Polanco, Coyocan, etc), take Uber and take basic precautions. It’s a lovely town with endless food options and work options.


Accomodations are not cheap by Mexican standards, but very affordable comparing to USA. It’s just a great place to live, in my opinion.


The only thing that is bad is quality of the air (not everywhere, though, but in general). If you are sensible to a bad air — take a trip and see how you adjust to it. It’s a big issue, yes, but I feel like the are much more pros than cons.


Viva Mexico!

2 years ago

Important to stay in the right areas, and air pollution can be an issue. Budget lots of time for this place — there are so many people to meet and things to do! Transportation can require a bit more advance planning than elsewhere due to traffic.

2 years ago

The digital nomad hotspot of Latin America now, far surpassing Medellin recently. It’s like the Bangkok of America. It’s very cheap, very fun and relatively safe now (if you stay in the right areas).

2 years ago

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Hi guys!

Know Mexico City?

We are here for 4 more nights. We want to get a good feel for how it would be to live here as nomads.

What neighborhoods should we check out? What cafés should we peep? What peeps should we meet?

Haha, thanks so much!

Just in case anyone stumbles across this later, I totally agree with Parque Espana as a fun place.

You can’t really go wrong staying anywhere along Tamaulipas. You can walk to a different restaurant for every meal for weeks on end. A lot of the places to stay here reflect that popularity which is good and bad. If you’re willing to pay above the market rate of surrounding areas you can almost always find a very nice place on Airbnb that’s available. If you have a lower budget then you’ll want to book pretty far in advance.

Roma Norte also has a great scene it’s worth checking out.

As far as good goes, do not pass up trying the tacos Por Siempre Vegana. Whether you’re vegan or not, these are some of the best tacos in Mexico City which means they’re among the best in the world!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, befriend a local and ask them to tell you about the Tepito neighborhood.

I went to CDMX for 1 month and ended up staying 2 and still didn’t feel like I scratched the surface. One of my favorite cities!

Thanks so much, @levelsio and @doug! We loved it in Condesa and Roma Norte. A highlight was checking out luchador wrestling!

Try Condesa near Parque Espana, which seems to be the most fun area to stay in right now

I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wondering… Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Don’t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

In general, expats and English speakers are more common around the us embassy (zona rosa, etc). Also Polanco. That’s my experience from my stays there for 2 months in the last two years

Where are you based? Have you found a more nomad-friendly workspace?

Hop into the Mexico City room on Slack. There are lots of us!

Somehow your link refers to booking. com

That’s odd. Maybe it’s an ad interjected? The official slack chat is nomadlist.slack.c0m from there join up with the #mexico channel. Send me a PM under the same username

It depends a lot per area. Try hoodmaps.com/mexico-city and visit the more hip (yellow) international areas. Also try meetup.com and visit some tech meetups. Most nomads work in tech so you’ll probably find them there!

Wow that is really helpful (in general). Thank you!

After Mexico City come to Medellin! Here you will meet many nomads— There are always Coliving groups basing themselves here for a month at a time, all the time. Plus the coworking space at Selina is always filled with nomads.

I will for sure go to Medellin at some point in the near future! Can’t wait already


I will be traveling/working through Mexico with my dog February to April. My plan is to stay in Sayulita for about 2-4 weeks, then travel south along the cost.

Is there anyone who wants to share an airbnb apartment? I was thinking of renting a private villa, but because these are large and have multiple rooms, I was wondering if there are fellow nomads wanting to share? I’m open to other locations as well (Puerto Vallerta, Oaxaca, and everything in between these two locations.

I’m also interested. I’ll be in PV Nov-Dec this year and Playa del Carmen in Dec — Feb 2021.

This post is quite old but I would be interested as well

Going in Cancun/Playa del Carmen for 3 months starting January 5th !

I could be into this. I’ll be there March 24th. I’m looking for someone to split costs with.



Hi guys!

Know Mexico City?

We are here for 4 more nights. We want to get a good feel for how it would be to live here as nomads.

What neighborhoods should we check out? What cafés should we peep? What peeps should we meet?

Haha, thanks so much!

Just in case anyone stumbles across this later, I totally agree with Parque Espana as a fun place.

You can’t really go wrong staying anywhere along Tamaulipas. You can walk to a different restaurant for every meal for weeks on end. A lot of the places to stay here reflect that popularity which is good and bad. If you’re willing to pay above the market rate of surrounding areas you can almost always find a very nice place on Airbnb that’s available. If you have a lower budget then you’ll want to book pretty far in advance.

Roma Norte also has a great scene it’s worth checking out.

As far as good goes, do not pass up trying the tacos Por Siempre Vegana. Whether you’re vegan or not, these are some of the best tacos in Mexico City which means they’re among the best in the world!

If you’re feeling really adventurous, befriend a local and ask them to tell you about the Tepito neighborhood.

I went to CDMX for 1 month and ended up staying 2 and still didn’t feel like I scratched the surface. One of my favorite cities!

Thanks so much, @levelsio and @doug! We loved it in Condesa and Roma Norte. A highlight was checking out luchador wrestling!

Try Condesa near Parque Espana, which seems to be the most fun area to stay in right now



Hi guys!

If you’ve been to Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Zipolite, etc, please share your experience with the internet there.

  • What speeds did you get up/down? Where?

  • How solid and consistent was the connection?

  • How common are blackouts and loss of power?

  • Any other tips, favorite places to work, etc?

Which towns have decent internet?

  • Puerto Escondido
  • Mazunte
  • Zipolite

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Thanks so much!

I am planning to travel to Mexico City next weekend and stay for 7-10 days there. I wonder if cafes, stores and other places like these work? And if cafes work, do they work as usual or only for take away&delivery? Will be very thankful if someone can help here.

I’m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. I’ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

I drove my Jeep over the border a couple of weekends ago, from Atlanta to Mexico City.

Lots of Mexico is accessible via highways these days (usually gotta pay a toll though), and I find driving on them much more enjoyable than in the US. The semi trucks actually wait for you to pass before trying to pass another vehicle themselves, so I used cruise control almost nearly uninterrupted the entire trip.

Re: rural areas, I’ve driven through wine country in Baja California and through farmland in CDMX to get to the volcanos (both via dirt roads), and never had issues. I’d just be very mindful of the topes that are scattered throughout Mexico like landmines. You won’t find them on highways, but you’ll usually find them on city/town streets, and they’re usually unmarked. I think it’s one of the reasons why people recommend to not drive at night if you’re unfamiliar with the area.

Parking in the city is fine. I’ve seen really nice cars (Mercedes, Tesla, etc.) parked along the streets, but there’s generally paid secured parking if you’re uncomfortable with leaving the car on the street.

All in all, I’d say it’s been an enjoyable experience. Know the driving rules in the major cities that you plan to drive through (foreigners can’t drive on Saturdays in CDMX), and you should be fine.

You’re more than welcome to ask me additional questions if you’d like!

✅ Affordable to live

✅ Fast internet

✅ Lots of fun stuff to do

✅ Warm all year round

✅ Perfect humidity now

✅ Good air quality today

✅ Nomad List members liked going here a lot

✅ Many Nomad List members here all year round

✅ Very easy to make friends

✅ Easy to do business

✅ Roads are pretty safe

✅ Democratic

✅ People can speak basic English

✅ Safe for women

✅ Family friendly

✅ Very friendly to LGBTQ+

✅ Not many people smoke tobacco

❌ Not very safe

❌ Feels crowded

❌ Quality of education is low

❌ Hospitals are not great

❌ Freedom of speech is weak

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