Cost of living in Malawi

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,480 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 3,256 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,235 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 799 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 952 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 713 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6,643 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,612 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 551 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 681 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,954 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 834 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 539 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 622,180 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 324,798 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 34,932 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 472,222 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 231,757 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 26,487 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 47,984 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 300,000 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 100,000 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,500 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 60,000 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 70,000 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 64,815 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 55,000 Kwacha
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 10,000,000 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 850 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 30,979 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.) -
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 -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 9,530 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 19,883 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,109 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,388 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 902 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 80 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 20,000 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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