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.
Price in ₧
12 eggs dozen, large
1 beer pint in local shops, markets
1 kg of tomatoes
Full chicken 2kg
1litre 100% fruit juice
1 package of cigarettes imported brands
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola
1 Bread loaf standard
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna
Heinz baked beans 1 tin
1.5 kg Sugar
2 liter cooking oil
Yum-yum noodles per pack
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes
1 liter milk
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat