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Money and costs

Kwachas (MWK)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 21, 2019 12:43AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$10
  • AXA bus from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$16
  • Carlsberg beer in a bar: US$1
  • Flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre: US$90
  • PADI Open Water dive course: US$380
  • Guided wildlife walk: US$20
Top end (more than)
  • Flight from Lilongwe to Likoma Island: US$295
  • All-inclusive single room in wildlife lodge: US$350–550
  • Restaurant main course: US$11

Take some US dollars and a back-up card. ATMs are widespread and credit cards accepted. Power cuts scupper both; keep a reserve supply of cash.


Tipping is not generally expected in Malawi. Some restaurants and services may add a service charge to your bill.

In good restaurants in Lilongwe and Blantyre, you can add 10% if the service has been good.