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:
33.59

Morocco : Cost of Living by City

Restaurants

RESTAURANTS

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.

Markets

MARKETS

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

TRANSPORTATION

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$.

Utilities

UTILITIES (MONTHLY)

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

SPORTS & 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

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 35$, a dress or a plain shirt for about 38$, while branded sneakers are a bit more.

Rent per month

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.

11.2%
34.4%
14.9%
6.7%
8.1%
4.3%
20.4%

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

City Cost of Living Index
Casablanca 35.68
Rabat 38.59

21 Reviews on Morocco

  1. K
    Kathleen Greenberg says:

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

  2. M
    Maria Johansson says:

    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.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      you don’t know what your talking about

  3. A
    Aziz says:

    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. G
    Gabriel says:

    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. S
    Sean says:

    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. E
    Esther Konstandinidis says:

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

  7. S
    Shreq says:

    Maria, you sound like a liberal American.

  8. J
    John D says:

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

  9. F
    Faleh Alutaibi says:

    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. D
    DT says:

    Where do most expats live?

  11. D
    Dan says:

    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.

  12. J
    Joseph ozovehe. says:

    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.

  13. A
    Anonymous says:

    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

  14. T
    Taylor Quinn says:

    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.

  15. M
    Miss Hafida says:

    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!!!!

  16. f
    frederick says:

    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.

  17. N
    Nouna says:

    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 .

  18. H
    Hello, I hope you can get back with me. I’m from the US and I’m basically says:

    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

  19. A
    A. Chadili says:

    Rent takes the biggest chunk of the expenses pie chart! With food and utilities you’re over 50%.
    Especially in Rabat, Casablanca or Tangier.

  20. E
    Elaine Bakrim says:

    I’ve been to Morocco and I love the country, the people, and cuisine!! Would love living there! Life is What YOU make it!

Rated 3.71 / 5 based on 21 user reviews.

Share Your Experience