Cost of living in Macao

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 77 Pataca
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 44 Pataca
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 35 Pataca
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15 Pataca
12 eggs, large 28 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 27 Pataca
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 42 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15 Pataca
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Pataca
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16 Pataca
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 103 Pataca
2 liters of Coca-Cola 16 Pataca
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 9 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,387 Pataca
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,365 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 763 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,652 Pataca
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 7,248 Pataca
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 547 Pataca
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 125 Pataca
40” flat screen TV 5,000 Pataca
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Pataca
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 39 Pataca
Hourly rate for cleaning help 50 Pataca
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 800 Pataca
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 333 Pataca
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 752 Pataca
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 350,000 Pataca
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 10 Pataca
Monthly ticket public transport 158 Pataca
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 40 Pataca
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 170 Pataca
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 247 Pataca
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 35 Pataca
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 31 Pataca
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 78 Pataca
4 rolls of toilet paper 13 Pataca
Tube of toothpaste 21 Pataca
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 198 Pataca
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 268 Pataca
2 tickets to the movies 255 Pataca
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 457 Pataca
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 549 Pataca
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 100 Pataca
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 Pataca
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 35 Pataca
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,900 Pataca
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.33 Pataca
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,000 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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