Travel budget in Mali

Mali: calculate your travel budget

Mali: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 60 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.6 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1262* (693658 F CFA)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 84 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2280* (1253280 F CFA)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 137 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 44 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 4236* (2329026 F CFA)

* 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 Mali in 2020

Cost of living: Mali VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mali 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 Mali by city

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

Cities /Mali View Details
Bamako 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bamako
Sikasso 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sikasso

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Local prices in Mali by expense type

Mali: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mali costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.7/person
($ 3.1 to $ 6.5)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 34/person
($ 29 to $ 40)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.7 to $ 5.6)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
( $ 2.7)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 4.7)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Mali: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mali costs 35% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 60/night
( $ 60)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 63 to $ 63)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 106/night
($ 87 to $ 121)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 168/night
($ 130 to $ 228)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 261
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 206/night
($ 192 to $ 222)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 504
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 75/month
($ 75 to $ 75)

56% 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
$ 146/month
($ 91 to $ 222)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 59/month
($ 48 to $ 71)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 277/month
($ 164 to $ 439)

58% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Mali: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mali costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
( $ 1.9)

110% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
( $ 0.6)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
( $ 0.7)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.1/12 eggs
( $ 1.1)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.1/kg
( $ 9.1)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.2/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 6.9)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 3.5/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 3.5)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
( $ 2)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.5/kg
( $ 2.5)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
( $ 0.7)

75% 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)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
( $ 11)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Mali: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Mali costs 12% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.2/ticket
( $ 2.2)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 45/month
( $ 45)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.1 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)
$ 1.9
( $ 1.9)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 27/24hrs
($ 26 to $ 61)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Mali: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Mali is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 410/month
($ 192 to $ 539)

151% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

91% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 45/month
($ 21 to $ 67)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1077/month
($ 539 to $ 1615)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 690/month
($ 303 to $ 1077)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1113
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1937/month
($ 862 to $ 3013)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2249
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1372/month
($ 701 to $ 2045)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1767
Gym
Gym
$ 57/month
($ 39 to $ 77)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 407/month
($ 383 to $ 432)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17210/yr
($ 12908 to $ 21513)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17212

Mali: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mali is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.8/ticket
($ 3.8 to $ 6.5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 28/hr
( $ 28)

67% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Mali: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Mali costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.4/pack
( $ 2.4)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 13
( $ 13)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 29
($ 28 to $ 30)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 17
( $ 17)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 97
($ 59 to $ 136)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Bamako
New York City → Bamako
New York City → Bamako
$ 1336
(fair price: $ 1164)
Montreal → Bamako
Montreal → Bamako
Montreal → Bamako
$ 1258
(fair price: $ 1099)
London → Bamako
London → Bamako
London → Bamako
$ 910
(fair price: $ 795)

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About the information on the cost of living in Mali

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

Information about cost of living in Mali updated on 11-01-2020.

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