Cost of living in Macao

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 95 Pataca
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 39 Pataca
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 33 Pataca
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17 Pataca
12 eggs, large 33 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 32 Pataca
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 42 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 22 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 25 Pataca
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 15 Pataca
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 126 Pataca
2 liters of Coca-Cola 18 Pataca
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 16,500 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 14,667 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 600 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,000 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 8,000 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 650 Pataca
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 160 Pataca
40” flat screen TV 4,750 Pataca
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 733 Pataca
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 100 Pataca
Hourly rate for cleaning help 47 Pataca
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 733 Pataca
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 338 Pataca
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 850 Pataca
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,600 Pataca
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 270,000 Pataca
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 11 Pataca
Monthly ticket public transport 360 Pataca
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 59 Pataca
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 136 Pataca
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 400 Pataca
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 45 Pataca
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 34 Pataca
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 55 Pataca
4 rolls of toilet paper 12 Pataca
Tube of toothpaste 37 Pataca
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 236 Pataca
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 341 Pataca
2 tickets to the movies 215 Pataca
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,053 Pataca
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 556 Pataca
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 115 Pataca
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 42 Pataca
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 78 Pataca
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,298 Pataca
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.70 Pataca
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,000 Pataca
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 50 Pataca

Map of Cost of Living in Macao


This map shows only the top cities in Macao. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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