Cost of Living in Angola

The cost of living in Angola can best be described as astronomical. Most expats live in the capital, Luanda, which topped the Mercer Cost of Living Survey as the most expensive expat destination in the world in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The destruction and devastation caused by nearly 30 years of war have left Angola with little infrastructure to produce and manufacture goods, and even less arable land to use for basic agricultural development. As a result, nearly everything is imported and costly - even the fresh fruits and vegetables that are usually reasonably priced in even the most obscure of locations.

Transport costs are readily tacked onto anything, and as the price of petrol continues to rise, so does the cost of both basic and luxury items in Angola.

Furthermore, as large companies continue to use Luanda and its surrounds as a home base for operations that look to extract many of the country's natural resources, the demand for high-quality goods and services increases.

Cost of accommodation in Angola

The cost of accommodation has gone through the roof due to a glaring undersupply and overdemand. Low bed capacity and a lack of the kind of secure housing that can be used to entice expats abroad have set rental prices extraordinarily high. Nevertheless, most expats will find that their housing is provided and paid for by their company. If not, it’s important to factor this cost in and ensure that one's salary is proportionate to the high rental costs.

Cost of food in Angola

The amount of money an expat will spend on food will generally depend on their lifestyle and preferences. Fresh local produce is available at a reasonable price, however most expats shop at the bigger supermarkets where much of the products are imported and are thus more expensive than they would be in other countries. Eating out is also quite expensive and not something that most people do on a regular basis.

Cost of schooling

For expats with children, the cost of living in Angola looks even more lopsided. As the standards of local public and private schools are far from adequate, outrageously priced international schools are the remaining option. Annual tuition fees in some cases can be as much as 40,000 USD, excluding costs for books, admission and extra-curricular activities

Transportation costs

Personal transport fees must also be taken into consideration. Although hiring a driver can be done quite cheaply, depending on daily needs, this can often be an unforeseen expense for many expats moving to Angola.

Cost of Living in Angola chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for October 2017.

Food and drink

Milk (1 litre)

500 AOA

Rice (1kg)

665 AOA

Dozen eggs

775 AOA

Loaf of white bread

390 AOA

Chicken breasts (1kg)

1,660 AOA

Eating out

Three-course meal in restaurant (without wine)

8,500 AOA

Take-away meal (e.g. McDonalds)

2,750 AOA


495 AOA

Coca-Cola (330ml)

282 AOA

Bottle of wine

2,500 AOA

Bottle of beer

545 AOA

Utilities (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

70 AOA

Internet (uncapped ADSL or Cable)

49,500 AOA


56,800 AOA


Taxi (rate per km)

497 AOA

City centre bus fare

331 AOA

Petrol (per litre)

190 AOA