Cost of living in Western Sahara

This country attracts many tourists not only by its rich architecture but also by its average prices, as it is the most affordable destination when compared to the other countries in Africa. If you’re moving to Western Sahara, planning your budget is an important part of your preparations. What you should take into consideration are not just the basic expenses like food and rent but also transportation, and further additional costs.

Overall Cost of Living

The cost of living here is cheap. Renting one room in the city here, costs around $110USD. Utility amount to half of that in addition and other costs (food, clothing, transportation, leisure) is again about $100USD per month. This adds up to a total of a $250USD budget, which can be greatly reduced by choosing to stay in a hostel provided for students. The average budget in USD in Western Sahara is as following: 

  • 250USD per month for a single person; 
  • 500USD per month for a couple; 
  • 800USD per month for a family with two children will do.


When dining out, one can eat on a budget at the inexpensive restaurants and afford a decent meal at the price of just $1.6USD. The low price of food has an impact on the restaurant prices and even eating in high-end restaurants would not cost much as in other countries.


The food here is really inexpensive and fish is an important part of the diet. All the groceries are so cheap, compared to the other countries in the world, and this is due to the low monthly income of its people. Food-stuff is estimated to be three times cheaper than in the USA.


No matter which means of transport you decide to use here, you’ll not pay a lot. Either riding a taxi or taking a bus is relatively cheap, as the monthly pass is only $10USD. The price of gasoline is also low, so if you are fond of driving, you can make use of your vehicle.


Energy and water consumption, combined with the heating, cooling, and garbage, cost of about $30, and this is really affordable. The price of Internet access in Western Sahara depends on its speed, but on average it is $16 per month which is also reasonable.

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