The cost of living in Fiji is surprisingly high. For those earning local salaries, the budget may be a bit tight – but most expats will earn more than the typical local salary and should find Fiji rather affordable.

Cost of accommodation in Fiji 

Accommodation, especially in Suva or Nadi, will be the biggest expense expats will face. Most expats live in the city centre or on the main islands, which can be steep. Expats in Fiji may also face safety issues such as break-ins and petty theft, necessitating the additional costs of private security at their homes.

The other costs that come with renting a standalone home include back-up electrical supply, as there are frequent power cuts in Fiji.

Cost of transportation in Fiji

Getting around Fiji is fairly easy and inexpensive. Buses are particularly cheap, while taxis are more costly but are still far more reasonable than in Europe or the US.

Cars are slightly pricey in Fiji, and finding a reliable second-hand vehicle can be a challenge. Drivers in the country are notoriously reckless, meaning the second-hand cars are rarely in good condition.

Cost of education in Fiji 

Fiji offers free education for all children between the ages of six and 16. Despite this, most expats choose to enrol their children in expensive international schools. This is because the standard of Fiji's public schools varies considerably due to inadequate government funding. Fortunately, expats can negotiate to have this cost covered or subsidised by their employer as part of relocation costs.

Cost of healthcare in Fiji

It is essential for expats moving to Fiji to purchase private health insurance. Some of Fiji’s government hospitals lack equipment and the skills expats from Western countries may be accustomed to. Therefore, new arrivals should secure comprehensive private healthcare, including cover for medical evacuation to Australia or New Zealand.

Cost of food and eating out in Fiji 

The cost of food and eating out in the island country will largely depend on expats’ preferences. Imported products and fresh produce are significantly more expensive than locally produced items.

With a vibrant and diverse culinary scene, it's no wonder eating out is a favourite pastime in Fiji. Gourmands can find everything from cheap street food to the more expensive and trendy resort restaurants serving local and international cuisine.

Cost of living in Fiji chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Suva in August 2022.

Accommodation (monthly rent in a good area)

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

FJD 1,150

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

FJD 700

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

FJD 2,600

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

FJD 1,270


Milk (1 litre)

FJD 2.68

Loaf of white bread

FJD 1.07

Chicken breasts (1kg)

FJD 12.16

Rice (1kg)

FJD 2.32

Dozen eggs

FJD 5.83

Pack of cigarettes

FJD 18

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

FJD 15

Coca-Cola (330ml)

FJD 2.41


FJD 5.75

Bottle of beer (local)


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

FJD 80


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

FJD 0.37

Internet (average per month)

FJD 60

Basic utilities (per month for a small apartment)

FJD 118


Taxi rate/km


City centre bus/train fare

FJD 1.12

Petrol (per litre)

FJD 2.54

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