Travel budget and cost of living in Malawi how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 125 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.7 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1997* (1380274 MWK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2534* (1751806 MWK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 153 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3982* (2752918 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 2019

Cost of living: Malawi VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Malawi in 2019 is 37% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Malawi in 2019 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

Local prices in Malawi by expense type

Restaurant budget in Malawi

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Malawi costs 46% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 3 to $ 12)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 10.5 to $ 24)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.4/person
($ 3.7 to $ 5.3)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.7 for 330ml
( $ 3.7)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 2.9)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Malawi

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Malawi costs 32% less than in United States.
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 124 to $ 127)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 84 to $ 130)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 199/night
($ 145 to $ 242)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 239/night
( $ 239)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 121/month
($ 109 to $ 134)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 131/month
($ 101 to $ 162)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 59/month
($ 44 to $ 77)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Malawi

On average, the price of supermarket food in Malawi costs 40% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 1.9)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 15/kg
( $ 15)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.6)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.3)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 3)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.4/salad
( $ 0.4)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.2
( $ 1.2)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.4/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 6)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Malawi

On average, the price of transport in Malawi costs 20% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 8/month
( $ 8)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.4 to $ 1.7)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 4.4
($ 1.4 to $ 7.3)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4

Budget for living and housing in Malawi

On average, the cost of housing in Malawi costs 35% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 49/month
($ 23 to $ 73)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 382/month
($ 263 to $ 529)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 234/month
($ 146 to $ 845)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 856/month
($ 423 to $ 1162)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 684/month
($ 219 to $ 1268)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 60/month
($ 53 to $ 75)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 334/month
($ 282 to $ 365)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8807/yr
($ 7391 to $ 11614)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Malawi

On average, budget for leisure activities in Malawi costs 68% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 5.3 to $ 5.9)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 3/hr
( $ 3)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Malawi

On average, shopping budget in Malawi costs 17% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.2/pack
( $ 3.2)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 67
($ 38 to $ 107)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 15
( $ 15)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 72
($ 59 to $ 85)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 89
($ 65 to $ 107)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
$ 903
(fair price: $ 0)

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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 16-03-2019.

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