Cost of living in Mauritius
If you’re looking to move to Mauritius to enjoy the expat life or are simply curious about what prices to expect when you are here on holiday, it’s a good idea to take a look at the cost of living in Mauritius. This incredible island destination is renowned for its staggering natural beauty and phenomenal climate and boasts a developing economy (described by the World Bank as an upper middle-income economy), yet taxes are still low and it’s seen as being far more affordable than in many European and Western countries.
Considered one of the top luxury destinations in the world, the cost of living in Mauritius is slightly higher than in some African and Asian nations. For example, the cost of living in Port Louis is exponentially more than in some parts of South Africa, India and Thailand but it’s still more reasonable than major cities such as Paris, London, São Paulo and New York. Here’s a brief breakdown of the cost of living in Mauritius:
Food bought at supermarkets can account for up to 35% of an expats monthly budget making it one of the more expensive costs. Local products—such as seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as Mauritian made products such as tea—are quite reasonable and are best bought at local markets where they are cheaper. International supermarkets that stock imported products have similar prices to those found in Europe.
To give you an idea of prices* in Mauritius, let’s look at some of the basics:
- One litre of milk: Rs 45 or £1
- A loaf of bread: RS 20 or 45p
- A dozen eggs: RS 67 or £1,52
- A meal at an inexpensive restaurant: RS 234 or £5,31
- Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course: RS 1,200 or £27,24
- Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): RS 100 or £2,27
- Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): RS 87 or £1,97
- Cappuccino: RS 70 or £1,59
- Coke (0.33 litre): RS 36 or 82p
- Water (0.33 litre): RS 22 or 50p
Transport costs can account for a big chunk of your monthly budget as an expat or your travel budget as a traveller, so it’s good to know what you might be in for. There are many options for transport in Mauritius but it’s largely on the road (Mauritius doesn’t have railways). There is good public transport in Mauritius, namely in the form of buses and taxis but travellers or expats can also rent a car. It’s best to negotiate taxi fees before getting in the car as there are typically no metres.
Here’s an idea of transportation costs*:
- One way bus ticket Rs 34 or 76p
- A litre of petrol: Rs 46 or £1
- Taxi per km: Rs 100 or £2,25
Mauritius is known as a shopaholics dream destination thanks to its array of world-class products for sale (both local and international) that can often be purchased at great prices. For the best prices head to the local markets where you may be able to snag a deal or be on the lookout for sales. At shopping centres—which are typically quite expensive—these are the types of prices* you can expect:
A pair of jeans (international designer label): Rs 2,522 or £56,66
Running shoes (international designer label): Rs 3,370 or £75,71
Summer dress (international store): Rs 1,876 or £42,14
While still cheaper than in cities such as London (housing in Mauritius costs around 54% less than in London) the cost of living in Mauritius when it comes to rent is quite high, especially in the heart of Port Louis. Port Louis is the economic centre of Mauritius and is thus where a huge portion of the population lives. Rentals tend to be cheaper outside the city centre but you can pay anything from Rs 11,600 to Rs 24,000 (£261 to £540) for a one- to three-bedroom apartment in Port Louis, not including utilities.
On average, the cost of living in Mauritius is about 28% cheaper than in the United Kingdom and with a favourable pound-rupee exchange rate, you are bound to be able to enjoy Mauritius for a fraction of what it would cost you back home.
* Approximate prices at the time of writing