Lilongwe travel budget

Lilongwe: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Lilongwe

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 103 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.6 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1703* (1126622 MWK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2402* (1588986 MWK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 154 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3818* (2525978 MWK)

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


Cost of living in Lilongwe compared to Malawi in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Lilongwe in 2020 is 33% 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 Lilongwe in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


Local prices in Lilongwe by expense type

Restaurant budget in Lilongwe

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Lilongwe is 64% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.7/person
($ 3.7 to $ 12)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 15 to $ 26)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.7/person
($ 3.2 to $ 7.3)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

65% 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)

71% 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)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Lilongwe

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Lilongwe is 25% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 113/night
($ 94 to $ 131)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 113/night
($ 63 to $ 175)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 195/night
($ 130 to $ 259)

25% 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)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 82/month
($ 53 to $ 112)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 150/month
($ 91 to $ 218)

10% 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
$ 83/month
($ 55 to $ 115)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 254/month
($ 165 to $ 355)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Lilongwe

On average, the price of supermarket food in Lilongwe is 38% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

7% 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)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 23/kg
($ 15 to $ 38)

93% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.1/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)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.1)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.4/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

82% 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)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.5/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 6)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Lilongwe

On average, the price of transport in Lilongwe is 27% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.7)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 8.1/month
( $ 8.1)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

50% 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 $ 4.4)

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 Lilongwe

On average, the cost of housing in Lilongwe is 24% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 47/month
($ 23 to $ 75)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 132/month
($ 55 to $ 220)

89% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 527/month
($ 265 to $ 1174)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 873/month
($ 864 to $ 880)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1401/month
($ 1188 to $ 1614)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1142/month
($ 954 to $ 1296)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 63/month
($ 52 to $ 75)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 290/month
($ 290 to $ 367)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7515/yr
($ 7476 to $ 21986)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in Lilongwe

On average, budget for leisure activities in Lilongwe is 41% 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
$ 12/hr
( $ 12)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Lilongwe

On average, shopping budget in Lilongwe is 14% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.9/pack
($ 5.9 to $ 5.9)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 69
($ 38 to $ 109)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 15
($ 15 to $ 15)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 73
($ 60 to $ 133)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 90
($ 66 to $ 177)

14% 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
$ 952
(fair price: $ 831)
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
Manchester → Lilongwe
$ 1034
(fair price: $ 869)
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
Dublin → Lilongwe
$ 983
(fair price: $ 894)
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
Edinburgh → Lilongwe
$ 1217
(fair price: $ 1010)

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About this information on the cost of living in Lilongwe

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

The information about the cost of living in Lilongwe was updated on 09-02-2020.

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