Hello from Holland!
I have read about the cost of living in Mauritius on so many forums that I can’t keep track anymore and I keep getting mixed answers. Some people claim that the cost of living is similar to that of Europe and some say you can live for next to nothing. Could you please bring some clarity into this? Thanks!
There is a simple explanation to all this! The cost of living from a European perspective is similar to that of Europe.
That is, if you buy typical European items in a Mauritian supermarket, like French ham, Norwegian salmon or British cereal, you will pay European prices, simply because the goods are imported from Europe.
However, if you buy local produce, for example tomatoes, pineapple, papaya, rum, tea, fish, chicken etc you will find that prices tend to be a lot lower. Goods imported from India and China also tend to be in the lower price range. For example, an Indian fillet of beef or pork will cost 30-40% of that of the Australian or South African equivalent.
Below is a list of common items along with prices.
Rs 100 (Mauritian Rupees) is approximately: EUR 2.50, GBP 2.10, USD 3.10.
Update: For 2011 and 2012 prices, see the new cost of living post here.
|Soft Drinks, Coca-Cola, Fanta||33 cl bottle||12.00|
|Juice (papaya, orange)||1 litre tetra||20.00|
|Heineken Lager Beer||33 cl can||27.00|
|Phoenix Lager Beer||65 cl bottle||42.00|
|Table Wine (Mauritian)||75 cl bottle||65.00|
|Table Wine (French/S.African)||75 cl bottle||150.00|
|Rum, White Diamond||75 cl bottle||80.00|
|Rum, Green Island||75 cl bottle||140.00|
|Other Common Items||Comment||Price (Rs)|
|French Baguette||White Bread||22.00|
|Cigarettes (Mauritian)||20 pcs||85.00|
|Cigarettes (American/European)||20 pcs||100.00|
|Fast Food Meal (Mauritian)||Chicken roll, kebab||30.00 – 40.00|
|Fast Food Meal (International)||KFC, McDonald’s||80.00 – 100.00|
Bottom line; Live like a local and you will spend very little on food but if you choose European brand name produce, the cost of living will be similar to that of Europe.