Cost of living in Madagascar

Summary of cost of living in Madagascar

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,879,325 Ariary
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,965,515 Ariary
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 25,000 Ariary
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 18,000 Ariary
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,230 Ariary
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 6,000 Ariary
12 eggs, large 9,600 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,000 Ariary
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25,000 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,636 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,705 Ariary
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,705 Ariary
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 20,000 Ariary
2 liters of coca-cola 5,000 Ariary
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,500,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,500,000 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 300,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,000,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 600,000 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 500,000 Ariary
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 196,968 Ariary
40” flat screen tv -
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 331,426 Ariary
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 40,000 Ariary
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 80,000 Ariary
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 200,000 Ariary
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,500,000 Ariary
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,000,000 Ariary
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,000,000 Ariary
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,900 Ariary
Monthly ticket public transport 70,366 Ariary
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 6,000 Ariary
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20,000 Ariary
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15,000 Ariary
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 23,750 Ariary
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,000 Ariary
4 rolls of toilet paper 2,000 Ariary
Tube of toothpaste 3,194 Ariary
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 20,000 Ariary
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 60,000 Ariary
2 tickets to the movies 40,000 Ariary
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 400,000 Ariary
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 20,000 Ariary
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12,000 Ariary
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 6,000 Ariary
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 5,700,000 Ariary
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 167 Ariary
1 month of gym membership in business district 300,000 Ariary
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 3,527 Ariary

Map of Cost of Living in Madagascar


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