Cost of living in Maldives

Summary of cost of living in Maldives

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 56,576 Rufiyaa
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 31,427 Rufiyaa
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 134 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 110 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 76 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 21 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 41 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 146 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 38 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Rufiyaa
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 60 Rufiyaa
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 65 Rufiyaa
2 liters of coca-cola 27 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 26 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 26,889 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 17,475 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,520 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,426 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 16,436 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,000 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 896 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen tv 7,445 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,055 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 88 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help 144 Rufiyaa
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 795 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 744 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,431 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,724 Rufiyaa
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 170,000 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8 Rufiyaa
Monthly ticket public transport 1,292 Rufiyaa
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 65 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 298 Rufiyaa
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 58 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 80 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 62 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 53 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 31 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 100 Rufiyaa
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 250 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 182 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 300 Rufiyaa
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 440 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 500 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 248 Rufiyaa
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,447 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 875 Rufiyaa
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 71 Rufiyaa

Map of Cost of Living in Maldives


This map shows only the top cities in Maldives. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Malé costs 65 Rufiyaa (10 days ago)