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 while living in Mozambique, especially when earning in the local currency.

Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, is ranked 161st out of 209 cities in Mercer's 2020 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 February 2021.

Accommodation (monthly)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

MZN 85,000

Three bedroom apartment outside of city centre

MZN 44,000

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

MZN 49,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

MZN 21,000


Dozen eggs

MZN 117

Milk (1 litre)

MZN 85

Rice (1kg)

MZN 79

Loaf of white bread

MZN 52

Chicken breasts (1kg)

MZN 345

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

MZN 165

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

MZN 350

Coca-Cola (330ml)

MZN 45


MZN 121

Bottle of local beer

MZN 73

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

MZN 2,900


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

MZN 5.25

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

MZN 5,300

Basic utilities (per month for standard household)

MZN 5,000


Taxi rate per km

MZN 150

City centre public transport fare

MZN 12

Petrol (per litre)

MZN 67