Cost of living in Malé, Maldives

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Food [Edit]
MVR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 165 Rufiyaa ($11)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 144 Rufiyaa ($9)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 55 Rufiyaa ($3.55)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 35 Rufiyaa ($2.30)
12 eggs, large 33 Rufiyaa ($2.14)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 36 Rufiyaa ($2.31)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 123 Rufiyaa ($8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 50 Rufiyaa ($3.23)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27 Rufiyaa ($1.76)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 52 Rufiyaa ($3.36)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 200 Rufiyaa ($13)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 37 Rufiyaa ($2.38)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 27 Rufiyaa ($1.72)
Housing [Edit]
MVR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 25,212 Rufiyaa ($1,632)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 18,056 Rufiyaa ($1,169)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,073 Rufiyaa ($134)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 21,410 Rufiyaa ($1,386)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 14,285 Rufiyaa ($925)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,281 Rufiyaa ($83)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 733 Rufiyaa ($47)
40” flat screen TV 11,038 Rufiyaa ($714)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,481 Rufiyaa ($161)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 144 Rufiyaa ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 75 Rufiyaa ($4.85)
Clothes [Edit]
MVR USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 683 Rufiyaa ($44)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 708 Rufiyaa ($46)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,555 Rufiyaa ($101)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,102 Rufiyaa ($71)
Transportation [Edit]
MVR USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 169,304 Rufiyaa ($10,958)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 Rufiyaa ($0.90)
Monthly ticket public transport 354 Rufiyaa ($23)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 205 Rufiyaa ($13)
Personal Care [Edit]
MVR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 Rufiyaa ($3.37)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 150 Rufiyaa ($10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 300 Rufiyaa ($19)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 74 Rufiyaa ($4.78)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 67 Rufiyaa ($4.32)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 77 Rufiyaa ($4.97)
4 rolls of toilet paper 57 Rufiyaa ($3.69)
Tube of toothpaste 30 Rufiyaa ($1.95)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 70 Rufiyaa ($4.54)
Entertainment [Edit]
MVR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 310 Rufiyaa ($20)
2 tickets to the movies 217 Rufiyaa ($14)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 564 Rufiyaa ($37)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 624 Rufiyaa ($40)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 750 Rufiyaa ($49)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 48 Rufiyaa ($3.10)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 Rufiyaa ($7)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 10,671 Rufiyaa ($691)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.50 Rufiyaa ($0.10)
1 month of gym membership in business district 845 Rufiyaa ($55)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 60 Rufiyaa ($3.87)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 154 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2018.

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