Blantyre travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Blantyre

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.4 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 659* (445578 MWK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 65 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 8.9 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1695* (1147076 MWK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 146 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3713* (2512678 MWK)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Blantyre compared to Malawi in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Blantyre in 2020 is 41% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Blantyre in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


Local prices in Blantyre by expense type

Restaurant budget in Blantyre

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Blantyre is 65% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.6/person
($ 2.9 to $ 14)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 21/person
($ 20 to $ 26)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.6/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Blantyre

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Blantyre is 30% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 33 to $ 33)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 97/night
($ 51 to $ 137)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 217/night
($ 189 to $ 242)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 33/month
($ 33 to $ 33)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 168/month
($ 151 to $ 185)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 131/month
($ 49 to $ 218)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 75/month
($ 46 to $ 101)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 292/month
($ 130 to $ 444)

65% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Blantyre

On average, the price of supermarket food in Blantyre is 40% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

4% 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)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 23/kg
($ 15 to $ 38)

86% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.6)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.3/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.6)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.1)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.2/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.5/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Blantyre

On average, the price of transport in Blantyre is 15% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.2)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

57% 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)
$ 4.4
($ 4.4 to $ 10.2)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8

Budget for living and housing in Blantyre

On average, the cost of housing in Blantyre is 40% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 59/month
($ 30 to $ 125)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 174
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 131/month
($ 55 to $ 219)

81% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 309/month
($ 217 to $ 541)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1477
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 207/month
($ 146 to $ 324)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1185
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 722/month
($ 433 to $ 1079)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2402
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 451/month
($ 219 to $ 756)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1884
Gym
Gym
$ 61/month
($ 55 to $ 69)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 290/month
($ 290 to $ 365)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1038
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7488/yr
($ 7423 to $ 21830)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18345

Leisure activity budget in Blantyre

On average, budget for leisure activities in Blantyre is 69% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.7/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 6)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 3/hr
( $ 3)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Blantyre

On average, shopping budget in Blantyre is 26% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.9/pack
($ 5.9 to $ 5.9)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 48
($ 23 to $ 109)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 12
($ 12 to $ 12)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 73
($ 59 to $ 132)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 90
($ 66 to $ 176)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
London → Lilongwe
$ 959
(fair price: $ 835)
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
$ 1041
(fair price: $ 878)
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
$ 992
(fair price: $ 903)
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
$ 1216
(fair price: $ 1010)
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
Toronto (Ontario) → Lilongwe
$ 1665
(fair price: $ 1406)
New York City → Lilongwe
New York City → Lilongwe
New York City → Lilongwe
$ 1721
(fair price: $ 1525)

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About this information on the cost of living in Blantyre

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

The information about the cost of living in Blantyre was updated on 24-03-2020.

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