Cost of living in Maldives

Summary of cost of living in Maldives

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 67,086 Rufiyaa
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 33,215 Rufiyaa
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 254 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 154 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 28 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 23 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 71 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 35 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 135 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 70 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 14 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 33 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 25,413 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 20,330 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,302 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 16,282 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 12,239 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,056 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 638 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen tv 3,000 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,300 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 147 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 950 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 900 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,250 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,250 Rufiyaa
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 375,753 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 55 Rufiyaa
Monthly ticket public transport 300 Rufiyaa
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 110 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 100 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 68 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 31 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 55 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 28 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 43 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 100 Rufiyaa
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 400 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 181 Rufiyaa
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 400 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 800 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 48 Rufiyaa
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 10,000 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.50 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,000 Rufiyaa
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 89 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:
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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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