Cost of living in Lilongwe, Malawi

Summary of cost of living in Lilongwe

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,709,487 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 829,222 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Lilongwe
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,659 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 3,382 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,064 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 844 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 1,034 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 843 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,806 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,349 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 483 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 649 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 6,005 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 972 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 410 Kwacha
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 624,942 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 428,651 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 29,069 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 481,338 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 278,755 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 25,526 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 38,390 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 344,333 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 93,503 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,978 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 41,871 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 32,322 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 56,434 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 66,089 Kwacha
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 9,305,030 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,007 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 33,023 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,499 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,000 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,191 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,600 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,933 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,000 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 874 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 465 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,714 Kwacha
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 14,182 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 4,000 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 23,396 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,019 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,286 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 905 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 300,000 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 69 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 26,743 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,029 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 17 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: September 29, 2022

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