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

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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.
  • $ 7 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1275* (707812 F CFA)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2450* (1360226 F CFA)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 136 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 44 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 4236* (2352518 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 2019

Cost of living: Mali VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Mali in 2019 is 34% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Mali in 2019 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 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bamako
Sikasso 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sikasso

Local prices in Mali by expense type

Restaurant budget in Mali

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Mali costs 30% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.3/person
($ 3.1 to $ 3.7)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 34/person
($ 33 to $ 35)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.5/person
($ 3.7 to $ 8.5)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.8)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
( $ 2.5)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.1/cup
($ 3.2 to $ 4.5)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Mali

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Mali costs 44% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 60/night
( $ 60)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 81/night
($ 42 to $ 147)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 64 to $ 243)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 164/night
($ 103 to $ 353)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 202/night
($ 153 to $ 837)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 64 to $ 77)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 145/month
($ 64 to $ 837)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 42/month
($ 42 to $ 42)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Mali

On average, the price of supermarket food in Mali costs 32% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.8 to $ 2.2)

128% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
( $ 1.1)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
( $ 2.2)

12% 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
$ 6.8/kg
( $ 6.8)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.5/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 3.5)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
( $ 2)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.5/kg
( $ 2.5)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
( $ 0.7)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.4/salad
( $ 0.4)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.7/kg
( $ 3.7)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Mali

On average, the price of transport in Mali costs 11% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.2/ticket
( $ 2.2)

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

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

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

74% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.9
( $ 1.9)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 27/24hrs
($ 26 to $ 61)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Mali

On average, the cost of housing in Mali costs 3% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 334/month
($ 189 to $ 533)

107% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

145% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 44/month
($ 20 to $ 67)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 533/month
( $ 533)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 299/month
( $ 299)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 852/month
( $ 852)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 692/month
( $ 692)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 57/month
($ 39 to $ 76)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 340/month
($ 214 to $ 427)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 21272/yr
( $ 21272)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Mali

On average, budget for leisure activities in Mali costs 55% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.8/ticket
($ 3.8 to $ 6.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.4/hr
( $ 8.4)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Mali

On average, shopping budget in Mali costs 60% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.2/pack
( $ 1.2)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 13
( $ 13)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 29
( $ 29)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 17
( $ 17)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 58
( $ 58)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

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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 10-03-2019.

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