Cost of living in Madagascar

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 26,179 Ariary
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 13,719 Ariary
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,000 Ariary
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,880 Ariary
12 eggs, large 5,754 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,619 Ariary
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 31,745 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,834 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,726 Ariary
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,068 Ariary
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25,389 Ariary
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,866 Ariary
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,352 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,500,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 851,685 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 100,000 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,002,280 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 594,552 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 50,000 Ariary
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 172,117 Ariary
40” flat screen TV 624,719 Ariary
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 139,326 Ariary
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 79,775 Ariary
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 84,832 Ariary
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 214,668 Ariary
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 297,449 Ariary
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 46,717,100 Ariary
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,477 Ariary
Monthly ticket public transport 24,944 Ariary
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,000 Ariary
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 5,000 Ariary
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 24,864 Ariary
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13,129 Ariary
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,674 Ariary
4 rolls of toilet paper 2,658 Ariary
Tube of toothpaste 3,000 Ariary
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 15,000 Ariary
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 30,000 Ariary
2 tickets to the movies -
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 100,225 Ariary
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 80,225 Ariary
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,506 Ariary
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,494 Ariary
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 692 Ariary
1 month of gym membership in business district 200,000 Ariary
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 7,500 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.

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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