Cost of living in Vanuatu

Summary of cost of living in Vanuatu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 636,911Vatu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 346,623Vatu
  • 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 1,350Vatu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,800Vatu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,271Vatu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 233Vatu
12 eggs, large 612Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 797Vatu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,500Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 669Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 347Vatu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 655Vatu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,503Vatu
2 liters of coca-cola 760Vatu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 234Vatu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 100,000Vatu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 20,000Vatu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 80,000Vatu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 60,000Vatu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 80,000Vatu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 17,863Vatu
40” flat screen tv 53,977Vatu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 22,000Vatu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,237Vatu
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 4,000Vatu
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 3,000Vatu
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 15,000Vatu
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 3,500,000Vatu
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 232Vatu
Monthly ticket public transport 9,000Vatu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 500Vatu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 800Vatu
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 5,477Vatu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 795Vatu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 438Vatu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 475Vatu
4 rolls of toilet paper 421Vatu
Tube of toothpaste 192Vatu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,500Vatu
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,200Vatu
2 tickets to the movies 2,000Vatu
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,500Vatu
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,000Vatu
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,348Vatu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 449Vatu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500Vatu
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 79,000Vatu
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 17Vatu
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,000Vatu
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,500Vatu

Map of Cost of Living in Vanuatu


This map shows only the top cities in Vanuatu. 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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