Mozambican new metical (Mtc)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Dorm bed: US$10
  • Double room in a budget hotel: US$50
  • Local-style meal: US$5
  • Chapa fare: US$0.10

Midrange: US$50–US$200

  • Double room in a hotel: US$100–US$150
  • Restaurant lunch or dinner: US$10
  • Short city taxi trip: US$5

Top end: More than US$200

  • Double room in upmarket hotel: from US$250
  • Meal in a fancy restaurant: from US$15
  • Rental car: from US$100 per day


Bargaining over prices is part of everyday life in Mozambique. However, apart from tourist-oriented places, don't assume that quoted prices are inflated. Especially in markets in smaller towns, the first price is often the 'real' price (ie, the same price locals pay). A bit of good-natured negotiating is never out of place, but if the seller refuses to budge, assume their initial price was one they feel is fair.


There are 24-hour ATMs all over town, including at the airport. Changing cash is easy. Travellers cheques are not accepted anywhere.


All 24-hour ATMs accept Visa, and most also accept MasterCard as well as cards linked with Plus and Cirrus. Most dispense up to Mtc3000 per transaction, with multiple transactions permitted up to your bank's credit limit.

Standard Bank Headquarters; also has an ATM.

Standard Bank ATM.

Changing Money

Changing money is possible across the city, including at Cotacambios (at Polana Shopping Centre and the airport; the latter branch also does reverse exhanges) and at the row of exchange shops on the eastern end of Avenida Mao Tse Tung.