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. In 2018, Hong Kong took the top spot but Luanda was still ranked sixth out of 209 cities around the world.

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 in Angola has gone through the roof due to a glaring undersupply and over-demand. Low 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 many 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 in Angola

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 can be eye-wateringly high, with additional costs for textbooks, admission and extra-curricular activities.

Transportation costs in Angola

Personal transport costs 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 Luanda in April 2019.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment

900,000 AOA

One-bedroom apartment

400,000 AOA

Food and drink

Milk (1 litre)

450 AOA

Rice (1kg)

700 AOA

Dozen eggs

1,100 AOA

Loaf of white bread

450 AOA

Chicken breasts (1kg)

3,000 AOA

Eating out

Three-course meal in restaurant

10,000 AOA

Big Mac Meal

3,000 AOA


2,000 AOA

Coca-Cola (330ml)

500 AOA

Bottle of wine

3,500 AOA

Bottle of beer

1,500 AOA

Utilities (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

70 AOA

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable)

13,000 AOA


70,000 AOA


Taxi (rate per km)

500 AOA

Monthly bus pass

10,000 AOA

Petrol (per litre)

300 AOA

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