Cost of living in Malawi

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,241 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 4,119 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,929 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 718 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 881 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 822 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,362 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,690 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 541 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 710 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 7,025 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 926 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 521 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 751,096 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 350,415 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 29,864 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 456,347 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 249,884 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 23,815 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 47,984 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 376,543 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 69,630 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,012 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 44,815 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 49,753 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 64,877 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 70,247 Kwacha
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 10,933,900 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 846 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 30,979 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,000 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 20,191 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,125 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,000 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 660 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 700 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,151 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 4,000 Kwacha
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 22,548 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,175 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,563 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,053 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 300,000 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 80 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 16,519 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 752 Kwacha

Map of Cost of Living in Malawi


This map shows only the top cities in Malawi. 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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