go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘moni ’
Chichewa
‘hello ’
English
Plug type g
Electricity
230V/50hz
Apr-Nov
Best time to go
Dry
Sunday
HRS
15
15
MINS
46
46
Current Time
GMT +2

Money and costs

Currency
Kwachas (MWK)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 15, 2019 11:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Dorm bed: US$10
  • AXA bus from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$16
  • Carlsberg beer in a bar: US$1
Midrange
US$50–150
  • Flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$90
  • PADI Open Water dive course: US$380
  • Guided wildlife walk: US$20
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island: US$295
  • All-inclusive single room in wildlife lodge: US$350–550
  • Restaurant main course: US$11

Visas

Most nationalities require a visa, which is issued (in most cases) upon arrival at the airport or major land border.

Get the latest visa advice for Malawi from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
MWI

Getting to Malawi

The main way to reach Malawi is by land or air. Boats also bring travellers over Lake Malawi from Mozambique. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Malawi

You can travel around Malawi by air, road, rail or boat. Compared to other countries in the region, distances between major centres are quite short, and generally roads and public-transport systems are functional, making independent travel fairly straightforward.

Health and safety

Powered by

Advice for travellers

Submit a correction