Whether you're living in Maldives or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

15,000 MVR

average per month

3,800 MVR

Range

33,000 MVR

29,000 MVR

average per month

5,800 MVR

Range

46,000 MVR

46,000 MVR

average per month

13,000 MVR

Range

69,000 MVR

12,000 MVR

average per month

1,900 MVR

Range

25,000 MVR

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Maldives is 15,000 MVR. Expenses can range from 3,800 MVR at the minimum level to 33,000 MVR at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Maldives is 29,000 MVR. Expenditure can range from 5,800 MVR to 46,000 MVR per month.

The average cost of living for families in Maldives is 46,000 MVR per month. Families spend anywhere from 13,000 MVR to 69,000 MVR.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Maldives is 12,000 MVR. Students spend from 1,900 MVR to 25,000 MVR per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

3.8 MVR

3.8 MVR

3.8 MVR

combo meal

38 MVR

27 MVR

64 MVR

meal for one

130 MVR

100 MVR

160 MVR

meal for one

320 MVR

210 MVR

380 MVR

Soft Drink

3.2 MVR

3.2 MVR

3.2 MVR

or latte

26 MVR

16 MVR

38 MVR

large bottle

19 MVR

16 MVR

21 MVR

bread

2.7 MVR

2.4 MVR

3.2 MVR

eggs

19 MVR

16 MVR

24 MVR

chicken

45 MVR

35 MVR

55 MVR

1 kg or 1 lb

51 MVR

43 MVR

64 MVR

1 kg or 1 lb

27 MVR

24 MVR

32 MVR

1 kg or 1 lb

13 MVR

11 MVR

16 MVR

1 kg or 1 lb

14 MVR

12 MVR

15 MVR

1 kg or 1 lb

13 MVR

12 MVR

15 MVR

taxi ride

19 MVR

16 MVR

38 MVR

full tank

130 MVR

96 MVR

260 MVR

1-day rental

130 MVR

96 MVR

190 MVR

price

96,000 MVR

48,000 MVR

130,000 MVR

one way

4.8 MVR

3.2 MVR

9.6 MVR

Service

190 MVR

130 MVR

380 MVR

and water bill

920 MVR

230 MVR

2,000 MVR

and water bill

1,200 MVR

290 MVR

2,300 MVR

and water bill

1,800 MVR

400 MVR

2,100 MVR

and cable

190 MVR

96 MVR

260 MVR

charges

130 MVR

77 MVR

380 MVR

ticket

64 MVR

48 MVR

96 MVR

membership

190 MVR

150 MVR

380 MVR

or pants

160 MVR

110 MVR

240 MVR

dress

150 MVR

110 MVR

480 MVR

shoes

140 MVR

100 MVR

320 MVR

shoes

110 MVR

87 MVR

210 MVR

suit

120 MVR

96 MVR

640 MVR

t-shirt

64 MVR

48 MVR

190 MVR

apartment

2,400 MVR

1,600 MVR

6,400 MVR

apartment

3,800 MVR

2,400 MVR

9,600 MVR

apartment

4,800 MVR

3,200 MVR

13,000 MVR

apartment

480,000 MVR

320,000 MVR

960,000 MVR

apartment

640,000 MVR

380,000 MVR

2,400,000 MVR

apartment

1,900,000 MVR

640,000 MVR

3,800,000 MVR

Bed

2,400 MVR

1,900 MVR

3,200 MVR

Bed

1,900 MVR

1,300 MVR

2,400 MVR

Bed

1,500 MVR

1,100 MVR

1,900 MVR

Room

2,700 MVR

2,100 MVR

9,600 MVR

Table

1,300 MVR

960 MVR

2,400 MVR

or Couch

1,700 MVR

1,300 MVR

3,800 MVR

Set

1,900 MVR

1,300 MVR

3,800 MVR

or Freezer

1,700 MVR

1,100 MVR

2,400 MVR

Machine

2,100 MVR

1,500 MVR

3,800 MVR

or Cooker

1,700 MVR

1,400 MVR

2,400 MVR

Phone

1,900 MVR

1,600 MVR

2,700 MVR

or Computer

2,100 MVR

1,700 MVR

3,800 MVR

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Maldives

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 1,400 MVR |

AVERAGE | 5,500 MVR |

HIGH | 12,000 MVR |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 230 MVR |

AVERAGE | 920 MVR |

HIGH | 2,000 MVR |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 310 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,200 MVR |

HIGH | 2,600 MVR |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 610 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,500 MVR |

HIGH | 5,200 MVR |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 350 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,400 MVR |

HIGH | 2,900 MVR |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 190 MVR |

AVERAGE | 770 MVR |

HIGH | 1,600 MVR |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 77 MVR |

AVERAGE | 310 MVR |

HIGH | 650 MVR |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 690 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,800 MVR |

HIGH | 5,900 MVR |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Maldives

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 1,900 MVR |

AVERAGE | 9,500 MVR |

HIGH | 15,000 MVR |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 290 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,200 MVR |

HIGH | 2,300 MVR |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 690 MVR |

AVERAGE | 3,500 MVR |

HIGH | 5,500 MVR |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 810 MVR |

AVERAGE | 4,000 MVR |

HIGH | 6,400 MVR |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 630 MVR |

AVERAGE | 3,200 MVR |

HIGH | 5,100 MVR |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 350 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,700 MVR |

HIGH | 2,800 MVR |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 120 MVR |

AVERAGE | 580 MVR |

HIGH | 920 MVR |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 980 MVR |

AVERAGE | 4,900 MVR |

HIGH | 7,800 MVR |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Maldives

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 4,300 MVR |

AVERAGE | 15,000 MVR |

HIGH | 22,000 MVR |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 400 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,800 MVR |

HIGH | 2,100 MVR |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 1,100 MVR |

AVERAGE | 3,700 MVR |

HIGH | 5,500 MVR |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 2,400 MVR |

AVERAGE | 8,300 MVR |

HIGH | 12,000 MVR |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 1,100 MVR |

AVERAGE | 3,700 MVR |

HIGH | 5,500 MVR |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 670 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,300 MVR |

HIGH | 3,500 MVR |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 1,900 MVR |

AVERAGE | 6,400 MVR |

HIGH | 9,700 MVR |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 1,600 MVR |

AVERAGE | 5,500 MVR |

HIGH | 8,300 MVR |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Maldives

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 460 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,800 MVR |

HIGH | 6,000 MVR |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 77 MVR |

AVERAGE | 460 MVR |

HIGH | 1,000 MVR |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 130 MVR |

AVERAGE | 810 MVR |

HIGH | 1,700 MVR |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 380 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,300 MVR |

HIGH | 5,000 MVR |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 120 MVR |

AVERAGE | 690 MVR |

HIGH | 1,500 MVR |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 96 MVR |

AVERAGE | 580 MVR |

HIGH | 1,200 MVR |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 360 MVR |

AVERAGE | 2,200 MVR |

HIGH | 4,700 MVR |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 290 MVR |

AVERAGE | 1,700 MVR |

HIGH | 3,700 MVR |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Maldives typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 8,100 MVR with expenditure ranging from 2,000 MVR and 14,000 MVR. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Maldives ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 1,100 MVR with 250 MVR and 1,800 MVR being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 550 MVR to 3,900 MVR on commuting with 2,300 MVR being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Maldives is 4,300 MVR. The cost of groceries can range between 1,100 MVR to 7,300 MVR. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Maldives allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 540 MVR to 3,800 MVR with 2,200 MVR being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 330 MVR to 2,300 MVR with 1,300 MVR being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 2,400 MVR per month with 610 MVR being the minimum spent amount and 4,000 MVR being the maximum.