Cost of living in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 19,922 Ariary
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 10,813 Ariary
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,613 Ariary
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,274 Ariary
12 eggs, large 5,543 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,379 Ariary
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 9,286 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,602 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,478 Ariary
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,136 Ariary
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 22,924 Ariary
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,896 Ariary
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,374 Ariary
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,001,860 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,121,880 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 140,179 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,236,250 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 643,571 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 95,653 Ariary
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 158,655 Ariary
40” flat screen TV 1,291,060 Ariary
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 296,429 Ariary
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 14,453 Ariary
Hourly rate for cleaning help 107,500 Ariary
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 132,143 Ariary
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 75,893 Ariary
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 155,804 Ariary
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 189,509 Ariary
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 27,378,300 Ariary
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,378 Ariary
Monthly ticket public transport 28,795 Ariary
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 37,627 Ariary
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,383 Ariary
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 5,000 Ariary
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 21,257 Ariary
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 7,500 Ariary
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12,670 Ariary
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,187 Ariary
4 rolls of toilet paper 2,599 Ariary
Tube of toothpaste 3,483 Ariary
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,409 Ariary
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36,797 Ariary
2 tickets to the movies 9,000 Ariary
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 20,000 Ariary
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 71,964 Ariary
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 7,333 Ariary
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,749 Ariary
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,011 Ariary
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 675 Ariary
1 month of gym membership in business district 169,772 Ariary
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 8,149 Ariary
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 80 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: February 19, 2018.

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