How Much Does It Cost to Live In Morocco?
Morocco is not an expensive country.
The amount of money you’ll spend here, depends on the city you live in, rent rates and the general cost of living at that particular moment.
These all vary from major towns to improvised areas and outskirts of town, so you should ask around about the prices in your preferred area.
Generally speaking, around 1000$ is a decent income for a household that does not count more than 4 members.
There are many poor people in this country and the standard of living is generally low.Cost of Living Index:
Morocco : Cost of Living by City
Naturally, as with any city worldwide, there are places that offer great value for your money and there are also places and services which are expensive for what they are and not for what they offer.
A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost you no more than 3$, and there’s always street food that is delicious and cheaper than that, too.
Shopping for food in markets is definitely cheaper than eating out every day, and Morocco also offers a vast range of open markets where you can find fresh fruits and veggies at every step!
With Moroccan gorgeous eastern spices and groceries, you’ll be able to cook really unique food, and plus, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating.
Transportation is not well organized and reliable, but there are still trams that can take you anywhere.
One of the best pieces of advice is to avoid buses as they are always crowded and in some cases unsafe.
It is still very cheap, though.
A one-way ticket is less than a dollar, while a monthly pass is around 15$.
The cost of basic utilities, including heating, water, cooling, and electricity in a normal-size apartment in Morocco is less than 40$, which is a reasonable price for anyone traveling to Morocco from Western countries, yet it’s pretty high for their average salaries.
High-speed internet is somewhat expensive, costing over 30$ a month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
For those that are more relaxed with their money and want to indulge in sports or other types of recreation, such activities will cost more.
However, they are not as expensive as would be expected and a monthly fee for a fitness membership is about 20$.
Renting a tennis court is a bit more, but such is the situation in most countries, seeing that tennis is an expensive sport.
CLOTHING & SHOES
If you want to go shopping, Morocco is the place to do it!
With its high prices in touristy places and popular restaurants, it’s unexpected that shopping for clothes is actually very affordable.
For instance, you can buy a pair of quality jeans like Levi’s for only around 31.72$, a dress, or a plain shirt for about 38$, while branded sneakers are a bit more.
RENT PER MONTH
If you’re planning on renting a studio apartment alone or with a friend in the center of any of the major cities of Morocco, expect it to cost about 310$ a month, while for larger families (that need larger housing facilities) it can cost up to twice as much.
However, it mostly depends on the type of neighborhood you want to rent in.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Morocco*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$2.95|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$2.46|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.33||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.71|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.44|
|Eggs (12)||$1.24||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.49|
|Gasoline||$1.31||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$39.95|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.13|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$33.52||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$21.28|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$19.67|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$5.89||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$31.72|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$37.13|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$72.85||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$309.15|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$177.36|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$548.74|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Morocco?
Like expected, Moroccan people spend most of their money in markets and supermarkets, buying food and drinks, as well as on utilities and bills that need to be paid.
Apart from that, a lot of money goes on rent per month and transportation (given that there are many, many people that live outside of the main cities, yet need to travel to them every day).
What is interesting is that more money is spent on sports and leisure than on shopping for clothing.
Restaurant goers also took up a large part of the money spending pie chart: as much as 11.2% of all money is spent in restaurants.
Average Costs Breakdown
Morocco: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With a minimum wage of about 312.7$ monthly, citizens of Morocco don’t have enough money to cover their expenses, though the situation is not critical.
If you want to live like a member of a royal family in Morocco, you will need about 1000$ a month.
However, if you’re more of a modest tourist, traveling backpacker-style, you could make do with 700$ a month.
The average monthly salary in Morocco is a bit higher, which is just about enough to cover taxes, expenses, and all necessary living conditions.
What About Travel Safety in Morocco?
Morocco Safety Overview
READ THE FULL REPORT: Morocco Safety ReviewSafety Index:
- OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
- TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
- PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
- NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
- MUGGING RISK : LOW
- TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
- SCAMS RISK : HIGH
- WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Cost of Living by City in Morocco
|City||Cost of Living Index|
44 Reviews on Morocco
Beautiful advice! I’m thinking about it. Blessings.
This is the worst load of rubbish I have ever seen. There is nothing to do and nowhere to go in the main cities of Morocco, no nice restaurants, you will be constantly harassed as a Western female, alcohol costs a fortune and buying it is on par with scoring crack. Food is imported from either France or Spain and costs a fortune, apartments are low standard and freezing in winter. Go to Morocco for a week on holiday, with a pocket full of Euro or pounds, see the Sahara, Fez and perhaps Chefchaouen. Then go back home. I have lived and worked in 16 countries – including a year in Morocco – and travelled to 49, so I have some grounds for comparison.
you don’t know what your talking about
Maria J, so what countries would you advice for couple, like to travel, nothing extreme, don’t eat out a lot but like good markets, speak various languages, moderate living. Thank you!
Your experience doesn’t have to affect others. I am American and I have been living in Morocco for 1 year, every corner is full of beauty and there is always something new to discover. I will definitely stay here…
Hello Mary. I’m an American and considering moving there with my husband. What advice would you have? The prices above seem low and outdated with the current times.
Are you currently still living in Morocco and which city?
That is not true at all Morocco is a beautiful country to visit nice beaches nice forest nice culture city’s are crowded but that happens in every city in the world the people in Morocco are very nice and welcoming if you don’t have anything they give you there home to stay and feed you even if there not rich there is super market everywhere you go and alcohol is available in the market to non Moroccan people you basically can walk in to any market that have alcohol and bay it and there is no harassment or any of that in Morocco there is a lot of European leave in Morocco after all Morocco is beautiful place to visit
I Have been to 62 countries and if your main concern was worrying about drinking then I see why you would rate them this way I love to just like I have loved many countries I think you need to revisit these countries.
It sounds like you are ungrateful for what you have been provided. I don’t know you but the context that you put out was unsavory and stressful. I think when you say “no” I should “go”. Overall I have never been but many of my friends tell me Morocco 🇲🇦 is a peaceful and eventful country.
Morocco is just a heavenly country, lovely sweet people, I went to Morocco in early 2020 for just 5 weeks loved Morocco so much, that I planning my next holidays I will stay 3 month, I love you Morocco love your people love your way of life.
I have been to Morocco and my experience is vastly different than yours. I found the people quite warm and friendly and very affordable. I am not sure where you spent your time but I have travelled and stayed long term in Casablanca and Fes as well as areas around the Sahara and I enjoyed it. Maybe you were expecting something different and your expectations didn’t match what you found.
the Article talks about $1,000/months, I doubt if that could be sufficient now as prices had gone up a bit.
I have been to morocco and I love it and love its people and I can’t wait to go back
Maria, you sound like a liberal American.
Actually she sounds more like a closed minded republican
Yeah, 100% Americans have no good world view of cultures, laughing stalk of the west
I wonder if $3000 will be enough to live comfortably with my wife in Rabat city or its urban? may I get an answer
Let’s put it this way, you could live on $3000 a month anywhere in the world.
Not in Vancouver, Canada
Not I. New York City. That would barely cover rent anywhere these days.
It wouldn’t pay your rent in San Jose CA
Not in the US, especially for 2! I made &65,000 a year in the foothills of Colorado for my son and myself. That’s a little over $5,000 per month. I had to pinch pennies almost all of the time. Couldn’t travel much and not by air at all. Vacations were usually camping in the mountains, eating at a decent restaurant was infrequent. Doing anything special required planning and saving.
Where do most expats live?
As an American, I am ashamed of how stupid my country 50% of my countrymen are. You are right. Most of us know nothing of the world, have never moved beyond the tourist zones of other countries, if we have even visited another country at all. As a bilingual American, who learned my second language as an adult and spent time living abroad, well away from the tourist zones, reading the comments about Americans hurts. But, it hurts because it is so often true. I would love to visit Morocco, see the Atlas mountains, learn about their water harvesting systems…it all seems fascinating.
I’m embarrassed at most Americans too. I have visited Turkey and it was so much more than I expected. I would go back , but I want to visit Morocco. I have friends everywhere that have invited me to visit many different countries. When I go I don’t go with the american superiority complex, I go to fit it enjoy and relax.
Well from what I have heard and red through now I have a glimpse of what Morocco looks like and what I should expect to see when ever I take a trip to Morocco. However I need to balance the two side of the coin of what is expected of me particularly the culture of the people in order to stay safe and peacefully when arrive there.
I’m a Moroccan American and have lived in the US for 30 years , I can assure you that morocco is 10 folds safer than the US ten and people actually treat foreigners even better than their own however the standard of live is a bit higher than advertised and you need at least 2 grand to lead a comfortable life
How about a family of 4 including 2 kids schooling, would you have an idea please?
Maria thank you for being honest about your experience. Most people have different expectations of places that they decide to venture off and try. However, my fiance and his family lives in Morocco and even he says there’s nothing to do and that is his home. He likes living here in the United States, so each individual have a different experience and expectations
Maria Johansson, your comment is full of shit, i’ve been there twice and i loved it and about the freezing apartment you rented in winter time well you should’ve bought a electric heater like most people do because the $200/month rent doesn’t include utilities or you wanted everything for free.
Hi well for somebody who travels that much you forget your positivity and your good spirit ..
I travel all my life to Morocco and I don’t have the time to see it all.
but my darling you didn’t see anything at all.
it is a beautiful country and you didn’t have the friendly local approach
Did you go to the Sahara/ in the border of Mauritania did you go to the Montagne of Ifrane or Marakesh? Do you stop at Chafchawane hhh to tired to continued ??
you did not see anything yet you talk about Fes or Meknes I bet you that you know nothing art all about our intellectual and Historical cities. You did not go to Meknes? our Imperial city?
ppl of Morocco are so friendly and welcoming you don’t deserve to be treated well honestly.
we don’t need idiots on bords we can go on with our privileges .I was born in ParIs and I live in the UK for the last 27 years
you make me laugh with your little words.
you are not the ppl that I like to see around for sure lol
I just by myself a lovely land and I can’t wait to build myself a lovely chez nous hhh with a wonderful place for my charity a place where the food is perfect the weather is to die for and where my lovely project will grow InchAllah.
Many children with disabilities and rescued animals will find peace and love … I don’t know what are you looking for when you travel but you miss so much trust me !!!!
We don’t need ppl who have no knowledge and kindness we just don’t need them!!!
This is a choice my dear don’t go to a country looking for your little comfort, all this supposed traveling did not do anything to your spirit at all.
You need to stay or become humble ok stay human be nice hhhh have a kitkat on me!!!
you need to speak to somebody and find out where it went wrong in your life lol sorry but its true …In the meantime have some respect as you know Morocco doesn’t have the same laws and the same opportunity so just have some respect for your self and others thank
Some ppl make up many stories of traveling
I know a guy who used to travel all around the world TO DRINK in peace!! In different airports. another idiot!!!! lol
Anyway I write in English but my first language is french, I do speak perfectly Arabic and a little Spanish…
What you need is language skills so you can communicate with others.
There is a language that you need to learn and you can do it!!!
is the language of heart lol
Anyway, when you said JUST GO HOME!!! I will say to you STAY HOME!!!!
In the late 1990s, I flew from the states to Fez for a friend’s wedding. My flight was terribly delayed and the person sent to pick me up at the airport was badly needed at the wedding.
I missed the wedding, so I was on my own as they went on their honeymoon. I was delighted to be on my own, but was totally lost. I met a very nice lady at the market, but she couldn’t speak a single word of English and i could not communicate in Arabic. She called her daughter, I explained my story and was offered a place to stay. Her husband had passed away some months back. I treated them to dinners out and they made my stay in Fez extremely pleasant. I’ll never forget their hospitality, the food, the music, the smells and the beautiful big brown eyes of my hostesses’ daughter.
I am a Moroccan and I can answer people here, for you Mr Faleh I can say yes you can live in Rabat comfortably with that amount of money, but also it depends on your activities you and your wife
For that maria who was just complaining lol i wonder what she is expecting with that mentality she got, I am not here to defend anything but people should know how to really live .
Hello, I hope you can get back with me. I’m from the US and I’m basically taking care of a guy over there who says that the colleges and universities have not paid employees since December of last year 2020; is that true? I’ve been sending him a lot of money and I’m finding out online that I’m sending him way more money than he needs to live there. Please hit me back with a reply
I thinkyou are being scammed … this man seems to be asking you to send him money and I think you should really look into his history and check x x 🍀🍀🍀
Rent takes the biggest chunk of the expenses pie chart! With food and utilities you’re over 50%.
Especially in Rabat, Casablanca or Tangier.
I’ve been to Morocco and I love the country, the people, and cuisine!! Would love living there! Life is What YOU make it!
I just returned from Morocco. My boyfriend is raised and born there. after two and a half weeks I can say you know not what you are talking about. It is a wonderful country. I would live there always except my boyfriend and I want to travel to other places. It is typical that so many give advice on knowing so little. Being from USA most friends and family were against such travel as a woman. I ignored it all and went and can say it was a piece of Heaven for me!
Morocco is great
Morocco is Great, if you are on a budget you will find everything is affordable, if you want luxuries thing, I guarantee that you will find whatever you’re looking for, 5-star hotels, 5 stars restaurants, beach resorts, clubs, and malls.
Morocco is unique because no matter how you are willing to spend you will find what suits you!
I want to travel to Morocco but I don’t know what is the cost of the flight ticket from Liberia 🇱🇷 to Morocco.
I’m a government employee with minimum salary $400 USD per month.
Seriously, Morocco is becoming unaffordable vacation destination.
Last month, I went for ten days to Morocco, and I spent the same money I spend in Orlando, florida.
Next year I am going to Spain instead, since I spend less on hotels and meals in Valencia.
When I was in Morocco, every where I parked, or moved the rented car, I had to pay the guards in blue blouse. It got tiring after couple hours. Maybe next time, I will go and spend a simple vacation with the Bedouin, if they let me be their guest. I am willing to pay pay them. Maybe I enjoy it more.
Morocco is a beautiful country and children are safe there. No school shootings! Yes $2000.00 is fair
Morocco is a beautiful country with a great climate and landscape. Rich by its history and culinary arts. No, if you plan to go for alcohol only not the right place. People are friendly and respectful. $2000.00 is fair.
Well, my wife and I have just spent a week in Casablanca, and we loved it, people are beautiful and very soft spoken, everyone seems to be very welcoming, day to day life is quite stress-free,so it seems, don’t much about availability of things like alcohol, but rest of the food stuff is very nice and delicious.
We will come back here again definitely, maybe to a different city, like Marrakech or Fez or even Agadir.
I think this is a must visiting place for anyone.
I am American and my husband is from Morocco. I love it there very much, the people are very kind and the culture is warm, welcoming, respectful and friendly. I never experienced harassment there as a woman, actually a lot of respect. Typically their police are very strict about harassment of foreigners and don’t take it lightly also. I’ve personally been more disrespected in my own country in the past by the males. Morocco is a Muslim country so to complain about affordability of wine sounds ignorant and rude to be honest. Depending on your location transportation can be a slight hassle, but that is same in any country depending what city you’re in. I wish I can move there now but we will in our future Insha allah. Love to Morocco from USA you’re beautiful ❤️🌺