Cost of living in Malé, Maldives

Summary of cost of living in Malé

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 52,048 Rufiyaa
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 29,174 Rufiyaa
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Malé, Maldives. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 162 Rufiyaa
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 141 Rufiyaa
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 56 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 36 Rufiyaa
12 eggs, large 29 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 38 Rufiyaa
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 124 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 49 Rufiyaa
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 23 Rufiyaa
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 52 Rufiyaa
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 155 Rufiyaa
2 liters of coca-cola 34 Rufiyaa
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 25 Rufiyaa
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 24,939 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 16,243 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,016 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 20,134 Rufiyaa
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 15,060 Rufiyaa
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,541 Rufiyaa
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 763 Rufiyaa
40” flat screen tv 9,195 Rufiyaa
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,626 Rufiyaa
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 130 Rufiyaa
Hourly rate for cleaning help 90 Rufiyaa
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 693 Rufiyaa
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 677 Rufiyaa
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,658 Rufiyaa
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,327 Rufiyaa
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 193,960 Rufiyaa
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Rufiyaa
Monthly ticket public transport 612 Rufiyaa
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 222 Rufiyaa
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 57 Rufiyaa
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 161 Rufiyaa
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 299 Rufiyaa
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 73 Rufiyaa
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 66 Rufiyaa
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 75 Rufiyaa
4 rolls of toilet paper 58 Rufiyaa
Tube of toothpaste 29 Rufiyaa
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 72 Rufiyaa
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 325 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the movies 218 Rufiyaa
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 697 Rufiyaa
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 567 Rufiyaa
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 768 Rufiyaa
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50 Rufiyaa
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 163 Rufiyaa
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 10,326 Rufiyaa
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.42 Rufiyaa
1 month of gym membership in business district 822 Rufiyaa
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 70 Rufiyaa
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 93 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: August 10, 2020

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