Cost of living in Blantyre, Malawi

Summary of cost of living in Blantyre

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,342,730 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 665,842 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Blantyre, Malawi. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,512 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 3,450 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,130 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 781 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 1,146 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 727 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,071 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,623 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 504 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 549 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 7,116 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 1,208 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 431 Kwacha
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 576,009 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 263,301 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 40,143 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 350,000 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 20,000 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 26,512 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 317,404 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 139,662 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,500 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Kwacha
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 21,237 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 9,500 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 37,924 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 35,979 Kwacha
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,000,000 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 782 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 26,863 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 4,283 Kwacha
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,700 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,000 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,000 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 2,900 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,050 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,250 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,215 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 1,144 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,500 Kwacha
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 11,038 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 5,115 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 5,000 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 23,826 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,500 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 700 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 905 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 73 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,053 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,589 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 35 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 07, 2020

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