Cost of living in Macao

Summary of cost of living in Macao

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 34,004 Pataca
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 18,130 Pataca
  • Macao is the 3rd most expensive country in Asia (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Macao is more expensive than in 62% of countries in the World (26 out of 66)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 87 Pataca
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 10 Pataca
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 39 Pataca
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 25 Pataca
12 eggs, large 21 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 27 Pataca
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 49 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 31 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 26 Pataca
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7 Pataca
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 109 Pataca
2 liters of coca-cola 14 Pataca
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 14,605 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 10,328 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 700 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,044 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,552 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 680 Pataca
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 204 Pataca
40” flat screen tv 4,500 Pataca
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,500 Pataca
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 61 Pataca
Hourly rate for cleaning help 37 Pataca
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 750 Pataca
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 349 Pataca
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 569 Pataca
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 700 Pataca
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 273,913 Pataca
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Pataca
Monthly ticket public transport 360 Pataca
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 60 Pataca
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 57 Pataca
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 200 Pataca
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 48 Pataca
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 31 Pataca
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 52 Pataca
4 rolls of toilet paper 10 Pataca
Tube of toothpaste 12 Pataca
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 212 Pataca
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 350 Pataca
2 tickets to the movies 400 Pataca
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,400 Pataca
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 550 Pataca
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 85 Pataca
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 45 Pataca
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 65 Pataca
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,299 Pataca
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.25 Pataca
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,000 Pataca
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 43 Pataca

Map of Cost of Living in Macao


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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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