Cost of living in Madagascar

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 26,777 Ariary
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 13,013 Ariary
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,750 Ariary
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5,322 Ariary
12 eggs, large 8,466 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,023 Ariary
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,538 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,626 Ariary
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,084 Ariary
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,887 Ariary
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 21,740 Ariary
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4,439 Ariary
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 4,333 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,351,350 Ariary
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,541,670 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 233,333 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,275,980 Ariary
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 800,000 Ariary
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 120,000 Ariary
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 250,000 Ariary
40” flat screen TV 1,594,690 Ariary
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 165,000 Ariary
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25,000 Ariary
Hourly rate for cleaning help 62,804 Ariary
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 145,000 Ariary
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 125,000 Ariary
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 190,000 Ariary
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 250,000 Ariary
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 24,000,000 Ariary
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,799 Ariary
Monthly ticket public transport 1,065,770 Ariary
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 8,000 Ariary
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18,000 Ariary
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 10,000 Ariary
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 10,000 Ariary
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20,000 Ariary
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,000 Ariary
Tube of toothpaste 5,637 Ariary
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 20,000 Ariary
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 34,602 Ariary
2 tickets to the movies 23,392 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 132,833 Ariary
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10,375 Ariary
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,917 Ariary
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,458 Ariary
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,000,000 Ariary
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 246 Ariary
1 month of gym membership in business district 190,885 Ariary
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5,000 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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