Cost of living in Malawi

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,849 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 4,019 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,017 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 967 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 1,067 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 675 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,618 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,500 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 800 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 500 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 7,000 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 700 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 666 Kwacha
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 659,378 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 547,619 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 35,000 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 450,000 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 250,000 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 20,000 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 43,191 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 350,000 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 100,000 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,000 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 35,000 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 25,000 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 55,000 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 60,000 Kwacha
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,000,000 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 800 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 24,000 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,000 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,000 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 20,191 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,906 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,500 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 11,667 Kwacha
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 25,000 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 4,214 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,500 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 800 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 60 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 25,000 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 700 Kwacha

Map of Cost of Living in Malawi

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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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 kg of rice in Blantyre costs 1,500 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Blantyre costs 1,000 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Blantyre costs 800 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Blantyre costs 1,500 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Blantyre costs 6,000 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Blantyre costs 600 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Blantyre costs 1,000 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Blantyre costs 800 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Blantyre costs 4,000 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Blantyre costs 7,000 Kwacha (10 days ago)