Casablanca, the largest city of Morocco is also the biggest tourist destination, and it only makes sense that it’s more expensive.
It is a welcoming city and many Moroccans you interact with will speak some English.
Of course, like in any other city, 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.
Generally speaking, around 1000$ is a decent income for a household that does not count more than 4 members.
If you eat at home, your groceries and food can cost you between 100$ to 300$ a month for three meals a day. If you eat outside in a mid-range restaurant it can cost you between 200$ to 400$, which is still not expensive for a tourists that come from western countries. For fancy restaurants it can go from 500$ and up.
Shopping for food in markets is definitely cheaper than eating out every day, and Casablanca 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.
Highways in Morocco, in general, are excellent and connect the major cities, while local roads vary. Transportation is not well organized and reliable, but there are still trams that can take you anywhere. It is still very cheap, though. A one-way ticket is less than a dollar, while a monthly pass is around 20$.
The cost of basic utilities, including heating, water, cooling and electricity in a normal-size apartment in Casablanca is less than 40$, 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 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 less than 30$. Renting a tennis court is a bit more, but such is the situation in most countries, seeing that tennis is an expensive sport.
CLOTHING & SHOES
If you want to go shopping, Casablanca is another city where you can go for it and not worry about your money! With its high prices in touristy places and popular restaurants, it’s unexpected that shopping for clothes here is actually affordable (although more expensive than in other Moroccan cities). For instance, you can buy a pair of quality jeans like Levi’s for only around 45$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent is much more expensive in Casablanca than in the rest of Morocco. If you’re planning on renting a studio apartment alone or with a friend in the center of Casablanca, expect it to cost about 500$ 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 Casablanca
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 4.21|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 2.90|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.39||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.74|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.67|
|Eggs (12)||$ 1.29||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.63|
|Monthly Pass||$ 24.21|
|Gasoline||$ 1.08||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 37.86|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.14|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 33.79||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 27.20|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 17.70|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 6.84||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 48.43|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 44.58|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 81.15||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 485.18|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 250.15|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 914.58|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Casablanca?
People in Casablanca 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 11.7% of all money is spent in restaurants.
Casablanca: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With a minimum wage of about 270$ monthly, citizens of Casablanca 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 Casablanca, 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.
Cost of Living by City in Morocco
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|