Cost of living in Vanuatu

Summary of cost of living in Vanuatu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 476,726Vatu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 247,916Vatu
  • 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 1,500Vatu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 514Vatu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 350Vatu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 212Vatu
12 eggs, large 788Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 333Vatu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,100Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 500Vatu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 500Vatu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 392Vatu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,933Vatu
2 liters of coca-cola 500Vatu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 216Vatu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 67,259Vatu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,945Vatu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 143,332Vatu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 57,452Vatu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 3,109Vatu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 12,991Vatu
40” flat screen tv 30,000Vatu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 45,000Vatu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,700Vatu
Hourly rate for cleaning help 313Vatu
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 5,763Vatu
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 175Vatu
Monthly ticket public transport 9,000Vatu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 900Vatu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 5,723Vatu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 300Vatu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 563Vatu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 750Vatu
4 rolls of toilet paper 300Vatu
Tube of toothpaste 250Vatu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,749Vatu
2 tickets to the movies 1,200Vatu
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 8,357Vatu
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,219Vatu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 355Vatu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 476Vatu
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 6,000Vatu
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,161Vatu

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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