How much does it cost to live in Samoa?

A single person’s estimated monthly costs in Samoa are $1,688. If you are a family of four, you should have a budget of $3,170 per month to live a comfortable life on the Samoan islands.

The average cost of living in Samoa is 52% less expensive than in the United States. Compared to the US, which ranked 6th most expensive country in the world, Samoa ranked 61st. 

If you lived in Samoa instead of the United States, you would pay 21.8% less for restaurants, 0.1% more for groceries and 15.3% less for transportation.

The average salary in Samoa (after taxes) is $392. This is enough to cover living expenses for 0.4 months. 

Is food expensive in Samoa?

Restaurant Prices in Samoa are 51.83% lower than in the United States. A basic lunchtime menu is $5.49, while a combo meal in a fast food restaurant costs $9.00. 

A dinner for two in a normal restaurant in Samoa will cost you $33.00, and to order a beer in a bar would be $2.77. Getting the same beer from the supermarket will save you about a dollar. 

As for fresh produce, expect to pay $2.81 for 1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes, $4.64 for 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples and $7.00 for 1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes.

Coffee in Samoa is not very cheap, nor is Coke. Expect to pay $3.67 for a cup of cappuccino and $4.22 for 2 liters of Coca-Cola from the supermarket. 

How much is accommodation in Samoa?

Before moving to Samoa, you should have an idea of how much it costs to rent. The good news is that rent prices in Samoa are 69.24% lower than in the United States.

Still, if you are looking for one bedroom apartment in the city center (40 m2 or 430 ft2), get ready to part with $989 per month. The monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in an expensive area is around $1,500. 

You will save around $800 a month if you rent the same size apartment in a normal area. 

Buying real estate in Samoa is a complicated process. You can’t buy most properties in Samoa if you don’t have more than 50% Samoan ancestry. If you do, expect to spend $1850 per square meter for an apartment in the city center. 

Is transport expensive in Samoa?

The island of Samoa is easy to explore and you have a few options to choose from. From ferries, and local buses, to taxis, bicycles and scooters. 

Getting around Samoa on public transport is affordable. A single-trip ticket by bus costs $0.85. If you need to get to places faster, consider hailing a taxi. One hour taxi ride is $14.00.

The best way to get around Samoa is by renting a car. However, expect to pay an average of  

$70 a day to rent a small car in Samoa. 

If you consider purchasing a vehicle in Samoa, keep in mind that a Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline or equivalent new car goes for $24,377.