When you’re composing a budget for your living costs in Mexico, you’ll need to undertake some price research.
This article presents regularly updated directory of all the major stores, supermarkets, and service providers in Mexico with links to their websites. Most stores publish online catalogs and pricing so that you can gauge the cost of products and services.
Most sites listed are presented in Spanish. You can use Google to translate web pages online if you need to: visit Google Translate for details about how to do this. (If your Spanish is a bit rusty, consider learning or improving your Spanish!)
Supermarkets in Mexico
Mexico is well-served by a range of US-style supermarkets and hypermarkets. All of them have websites and most offer home-delivery options as well.
- Walmart Mexico
- La Comer / Fresko / MEGA
- City Market (Fancy goods/imports)
- HEB Mexico
- La Europea (Fancy goods/imports)
- Costco (Membership store)
- Sam’s Club Mexico (Membership store)
- Tiendas 3B (Budget store)
- Bodega Aurera (Budget store)
Department stores in Mexico
US-style department stores are situated in Mexico’s larger towns and cities, usually at larger shopping centers and major shopping malls.
These are the principal specialist home and furniture stores in Mexico. Larger towns and cities also have local or regional (often family-owned) stores selling furniture goods. Check locally for details.
- Hermanos Vazquez
- Costco (Membership store)
- The Home Store
- Pottery Barn
- Williams Sonoma
- Home Depot
Pharmacies in Mexico
Mexico has pharmacies everywhere; even in the small towns. The ones listed below are the principal national chains; local independent pharmacies are also present, especially in smaller towns and villages. Most offer home delivery: check online, or telephone your nearest branch.
- Farmacias Similares (Generic non-brand medicines)
- Farmacias del Ahorro
- Farmacias Benavides
- Farmacias San Isidro
- Farmacias San Pablo
- Farmacias Guadalajara
Communications services in Mexico
Modern communication services are wide available and reliable in Mexico, and the presence of several operators has kept prices competitive.
- Telmex (Fixed line internet and phone)
- IZZI (Fixed line internet and phone)
- AT&T (Fixed line and mobile/data services)
- Telcel (Mobile, mobile data)
- Movistar (Mobile, mobile data)
- Virgin Mobile (Mobile, operates using Movistar network)
- Starlink (Satellite)
- HughesNet (Satellite)
- ViaSat (Satellite)
Sports stores and gyms in Mexico
Mexicans are fanatics of sports and gyms. Mexico ranks 5th in the world by number to gyms per capita. Most of the better-equipped membership gyms are national or regional franchises, although local independent gyms also operate—check locally for details.
Sports stores in Mexico
These are the principal chain stores selling sports clothes and equipment in Mexico. Some department stores also have sports sections.
Gyms in Mexico
There are principal gym chains across Mexico. They usually charge an inscription fee plus a monthly subscription and have minimum contract lengths, usually a year, although they might be negotiable. Check locally for details.
Food diners in Mexico (national chains)
Mexican food diners offer a-la-carte menus and daily specials, although local fondas offer an alternative, with lower prices for their meals.
Books and music stores in Mexico
Retail bookstores have diversified in recent years to offer a range of goods including music and DVDs—some also offer coffee shops in-store.
National cinema chains in Mexico
US blockbuster films are popular in Mexico and the two principal chains offer multi-plex centers with screens across the country.
Technology and electronics stores in Mexico
Although a lot of people purchase phones, computers and other electronics online, physical stores continue to ply a brisk trade for these in Mexico.
- Apple Mexico (iPhones, iPads, Mac)
- Samsung Mexico (Android Phones, Domestic electronics)
- Huawei Mexico (Android Phones)
- Mixup (Phones, all brands and networks)
- Telcel Stores (Mobile Phones, Data Modems)
- AT&T Stores (Mobile Phones, Data Modems)
- Movistar Stores (Mobile Phones, Data Modems)
- Radio Shack Mexico (Electronics)
- Steren (Electronics)
Banks in Mexico
Mexico’s banks have networks of branches and ATMs across the country. These are the principal banks operating in Mexico; most are owned by one of the global banking groups.
Mexico is well-served by a range of insurance companies; however, if you want to insure a foreign-plated (US/CDN) vehicle in Mexico, you’ll need a special insurance policy—see below for details.
Insuring foreign-plated vehicles
Foreign plated vehicles must be properly insured in Mexico. Your home-issued insurance policy cannot cover you for third party damages.
Insurance companies in Mexico
All the world’s major insurance companies operate and are represented in Mexico.
Postal and courier services in Mexico
DHL, FedEx and UPS are the three principal international couriers operating in Mexico, and Estafeta is the largest domestic courier in Mexico.
Automobile agencies in Mexico
All major car brands are represented in Mexico including the world’s most luxurious car brands. VW, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, and Kia, are the most popular.
- Volkwagen Mexico
- Kia Mexico
- Ford Mexico
- GM Mexico
- Nissan Mexico
- Mazda Mexico
- Honda Mexico
- Chrysler Mexico
- Buick Mexico
- BMW Mexico
- Audi Mexico
- Mercedes Benz Mexico
- Ferrari Mexico City
- Aston Martin Mexico City
- Rolls Royce Mexico City
App-cab (taxi) companies
If you have a Uber or Didi account based in your home country or Mexico, you can arrange for these app-cab services to transport you in Mexico. Services are not available in all towns and cities, but they are available in the most popular/populated places. Check on your phone app for details.
Housing: short-term rentals
If you’re seeking a short term rental in Mexico, various online marketplaces exist that offer rental of rooms, bungalows, and even entire apartments or homes on a short term basis.
Housing: long-term rentals
When you’re searching for a long term rental in Mexico, browse the major property portals that offer listings for all types of accommodations on long term basis (usually 6+ or 12+ months).
Housing: house purchases and sales
When you’re searching for a house to buy in Mexico, these are the major property portals that specialize in listing houses and land for sale.
Learn about living costs in Mexico
Mexperience publishes a series of articles about living costs to help you consider your choices, research prices, and create a budget that’s based on your personal lifestyle situation.
- How to calculate your living costs in Mexico
- Cost of utilities and communications in Mexico
- The typical costs of running an automobile in Mexico
- Read the latest articles about living costs in Mexico
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