Cost of living in Macau

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Food Price in $
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 MOP
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 MOP
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 MOP
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 MOP
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 MOP
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 MOP
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 MOP
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 MOP
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 MOP
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 MOP
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 MOP
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 MOP
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 MOP
1.5 kg Sugar 10 MOP
2 liter cooking oil 20 MOP
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 MOP
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 MOP
1 liter milk 8.50 MOP
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 MOP
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 MOP
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 MOP
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 MOP
House Cleaning fee per day 105 MOP
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 MOP
Original branded Electric Fans 200 MOP
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 MOP
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 MOP
Single bed Blankets 120 MOP
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 MOP
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 MOP
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 MOP
Men's haircut 40 MOP
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 MOP
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 MOP
1 month of gym subscription. 105 MOP
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 MOP
Unisex Loris perfume 30 MOP
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 MOP
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 MOP
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 MOP
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 MOP
Go carting 30mins 120 MOP
Movie House 3d cinema 30 MOP
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 MOP
Photo shoot 120 MOP
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 MOP
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 MOP
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 MOP
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 MOP
Spalding Basketball 200 MOP
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 MOP
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 MOP
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 MOP
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 MOP
1 day rent a car cost 140 MOP
Driver’s license 2300 MOP
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 MOP
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 MOP
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 MOP
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 MOP
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 MOP
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 MOP

According to Numbeo, the estimated costs for a single individual are about 7 471.07 before rentals. Macao has a relatively low cost of living.


Food in Macau can be generally cheap depending on your choice of restaurant, and the groceries are also quite affordable. Most students prefer to put their money together and buy groceries as a group, making it even cheaper.


A 1 bedroom Apartment in City Centre in Macau costs about PCA10 555.56, and an Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of the city centre costs PCA 7923.08. Several rental accommodations in Macau come fully furnished with beds, couch, television, TV stand, dining tables and chairs, coffee table, wardrobe and washing machine.


Transport costs in Macau are generally cheap. Macau is a small country, so it's best to take public transport. The prices for local transportation are as follows: One Litre of gasoline costs PCA 47.13, One-way ticket for a local transport costs about PCA 6.00 and a Regular monthly pass costs about PCA 280. Macau is well served by both public and private transportation services.

Rental Cars- there are several car hire options available in Macau including Avis, Vang lek Rent a car service, Macau car rental, hertz car rental,to mention but a few.

Urban Buses- Macau has two main bus companies which charge a flat fare of MOP3.20 for a journey within the Macau peninsula. Always make sure you carry coins to put in the coin box as you enter. A ride from the Macau peninsula to Taipa costs about MOP4.20.

Pedicabs – this are manpowered bike taxi which is a great way to view the city. This is for tourists who are not in a rush and want to view the city and enjoy the scenery

Taxis- taxis in Macau are metered, taxi fare is MOP 17 for the first 1500 metres then there is an MOP 1 charge for each additional 180 metres. Luggage is charged 3 MOP. If the traveler wants the taxi to wait while the metre is running, then they charge an extra of MOP 1.

Bills and Utilities:

The prices of Utilities have risen in recent years. Utility prices in Macau are as follows: Basic utilities (Water, heating, garbage and electricity) costs PCM 816.42, Cable/DSL internet connection (unlimited data and speed of 6Mbps) costs PCM 206.60, and Local one-minute prepaid calls costs PCM 0.70.