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

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Travel budget in Vanuatu

Vanuatu: calculate your travel budget

Vanuatu: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 39 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1198* (129416 VUV)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 97 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 6.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2885* (311738 VUV)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 146 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 58 per person
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4706* (508508 VUV)

* 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 Vanuatu in 2019

Cost of living: Vanuatu VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Vanuatu in 2019 is 5% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Vanuatu in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Vanuatu by city

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

Cities /Vanuatu View Details
Port-Vila 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port-Vila

Local prices in Vanuatu by expense type

Restaurant budget in Vanuatu

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Vanuatu is 26% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 12 to $ 20)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 23/person
($ 17 to $ 29)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 6.6 to $ 12)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.9 for 500ml
($ 4.8 to $ 7)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
( $ 2.4)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.5/cup
($ 3.3 to $ 3.6)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 3.3/can
( $ 3.3)

77% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 3.3/bottle
( $ 3.3)

120% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Vanuatu

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Vanuatu costs 34% less than in United States.
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 60 to $ 101)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 67 to $ 165)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 180/night
($ 143 to $ 224)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 357/night
($ 357 to $ 357)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 40/month
($ 38 to $ 41)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 102/month
($ 76 to $ 137)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 133/month
($ 72 to $ 198)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 170/month
($ 170 to $ 170)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Vanuatu

On average, the price of supermarket food in Vanuatu is 43% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.8 to $ 2)

126% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 3.6/500g
( $ 3.6)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
( $ 1.9)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 4.1/12 eggs
($ 3.5 to $ 4.8)

72% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 15/kg
( $ 15)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 17/kg
( $ 17)

92% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 6.6/kg
( $ 6.6)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 7.5/kg
( $ 7.5)

82% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 12/kg
( $ 12)

168% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.9/kg
( $ 1.9)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 2.5/salad
( $ 2.5)

60% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1
($ 1 to $ 1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 20)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Vanuatu

On average, the price of transport in Vanuatu is essentially the same as in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.4/ticket
($ 1.4 to $ 1.4)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 58/month
( $ 58)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
( $ 1.4)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.4)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.4
( $ 1.4)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 69/24hrs
($ 49 to $ 113)

73% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Vanuatu

On average, the cost of housing in Vanuatu is 29% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 190/month
( $ 190)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
( $ 0.2)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 96/month
( $ 96)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1639/month
($ 946 to $ 2836)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 978/month
($ 662 to $ 1419)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3308/month
($ 2364 to $ 4253)

53% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2033/month
($ 1702 to $ 2364)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 77/month
( $ 77)

98% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5198/yr
($ 4726 to $ 5670)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Vanuatu

On average, budget for leisure activities in Vanuatu costs 47% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.6/ticket
($ 5.6 to $ 7.5)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Vanuatu

On average, shopping budget in Vanuatu is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 8.5/pack
( $ 8.5)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3

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About the information on the cost of living in Vanuatu

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

Information about cost of living in Vanuatu updated on 23-03-2019.

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