Travel budget in Malawi

Malawi: calculate your travel budget

Malawi: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Malawi for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 35 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 788* (545006 MWK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 103 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 8.8 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2345* (1621704 MWK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 151 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3706* (2563008 MWK)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Malawi in 2020

Cost of living: Malawi VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Malawi in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Malawi by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Malawi compared to the national average.

Cities /Malawi View Details
Lilongwe 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lilongwe
Blantyre 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Blantyre

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Local prices in Malawi by expense type

Malawi: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Malawi costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.6 to $ 10.6)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 23/person
($ 20 to $ 30)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 4.3 to $ 7.3)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Malawi: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Malawi costs 36% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 38 to $ 38)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 109/night
($ 104 to $ 116)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 96/night
($ 71 to $ 121)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 206/night
($ 161 to $ 249)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 239/night
( $ 239)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 35/month
($ 35 to $ 35)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 133/month
($ 118 to $ 149)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 124/month
($ 101 to $ 150)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 65/month
($ 53 to $ 77)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 217/month
($ 175 to $ 260)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Malawi: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Malawi costs 28% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

38% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 3.5)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 27/kg
($ 14 to $ 38)

124% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.7/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.7)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 6.5)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 5)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1.4)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.4/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 5.7)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Malawi: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Malawi costs 3% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
( $ 33)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
( $ 0.6)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

70% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 7.3
($ 3.6 to $ 10.2)

113% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4

Malawi: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Malawi costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 64/month
($ 45 to $ 95)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 171
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 498/month
($ 290 to $ 1013)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1470
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 351/month
($ 145 to $ 868)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1175
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 927/month
($ 579 to $ 1302)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2352
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 727/month
($ 218 to $ 1157)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1853
Gym
Gym
$ 53/month
($ 15 to $ 67)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 323/month
($ 285 to $ 434)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1008
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12161/yr
($ 7369 to $ 21672)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17632

Malawi: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Malawi costs 55% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.7/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 5.9)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.3/hr
($ 3 to $ 12)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Malawi: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Malawi costs 21% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.3/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 5.7)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 55
($ 23 to $ 107)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 7.3
($ 2.9 to $ 12)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 59 to $ 131)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 94
($ 65 to $ 175)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
$ 972
(fair price: $ 835)
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
$ 1038
(fair price: $ 880)
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
$ 1017
(fair price: $ 910)
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
$ 1211
(fair price: $ 1008)
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
$ 1666
(fair price: $ 1396)
New York City → Lilongwe
New York City → Lilongwe
New York City → Lilongwe
$ 1769
(fair price: $ 1530)

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About the information on the cost of living in Malawi

The information about the cost of living in Malawi shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Malawi updated on 03-07-2020.

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