Cost of Living 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.



Naturally, as with any city worldwide, there are places which 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 which 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 16$.



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 and leisure


For those that are more relaxed with their money and wanting to indulge in sports or other types of recreations, such activities will cost more. However, they are not as expensive as it 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 and 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 35$, a dress or a plain shirt for about 38$, 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 320$ 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

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $3.16
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $2.76
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.35
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $0.74
Loaf Bread (500g) $0.46
Eggs (12) $1.31
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.47
Monthly Pass $15.79
Gasoline $1.09
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $38.13
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.15
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $30.07
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $23.81
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $17.62
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $5.63
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $34.69
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $38.70
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $74.10
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $326.43
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $181.21
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $606.32

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Morocco?

Like expected, Moroccan people spend most 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.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Morocco: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

With a minimum wage of about 270$ 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.

Average monthly salary in Morocco is a bit higher, which is just about enough to cover taxes, expenses and all necessary life conditions.

Average Salary$417.36
Minimum Wage$277.6
Mortgage Interest Rate5.65%

Cost of Living by City in Morocco

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Casablanca 35.68
Rabat 38.59


  1. Kathleen Greenberg

    Beautiful advice! I’m thinking about it. Blessings.
    Kathi Greenberg

  2. Maria Johansson

    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.

  3. Aziz

    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.

  4. Gabriel

    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.

  5. Sean

    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.

  6. Esther Konstandinidis

    I have been to morocco and I love it and love its people and I can’t wait to go back

  7. Shreq

    Maria, you sound like a liberal American.

  8. John D

    Yeah, 100% Americans have no good world view of cultures, laughing stalk of the west

  9. Faleh Alutaibi

    I wonder if $3000 will be enough to live comfortably with my wife in Rabat city or its urban? may I get an answer

  10. DT

    Where do most expats live?


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