Mozambique has a low cost of living. Expats will find this makes living cheaply relatively easy. However, the low cost of living is matched by low salaries. Expats might find it difficult to save whilst living in Mozambique, especially when earning Mozambican metical.

Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, is ranked 159th out of 209 cities in Mercer's 2019 Cost of Living Survey. The city is ranked higher than Budapest and Cape Town but lower than Hong Kong and New York City. 

Cost of Living in Mozambique chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for September 2019.

Accommodation (monthly)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

MZN 83,100

Three bedroom apartment outside of city centre

MZN 42,500

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

MZN 41,900

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

MZN 17,500


Dozen eggs

MZN 110

Milk (1 litre)

MZN 89

Rice (1kg)

MZN 64

Loaf of white bread

MZN 50

Chicken breasts (1kg)

MZN 308

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

MZN 120

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

MZN 300

Coca-Cola (330ml)

MZN 38


MZN 104

Bottle of local beer

MZN 58

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

MZN 2,100


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

MZN 6.10

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

MZN 9,100

Basic utilities (per month for standard household)

MZN 4,000


Taxi rate per km

MZN 200

City centre public transport fare

MZN 10

Petrol (per litre)

MZN 64

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