Cost of living in Balikpapan, Indonesia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 53,342
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Rp 42,500
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 24,319
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 20,738
12 eggs, large Rp 21,341
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 11,800
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 86,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 29,600
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 23,313
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 29,017
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 316,667
2 liters of Coca-Cola Rp 22,610
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Rp 18,993
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Rp 8,640,150
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Rp 4,076,650
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Rp 947,397
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Rp 4,266,930
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Rp 2,032,900
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Rp 956,459
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Rp 318,762
40” flat screen TV Rp 4,860,120
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,250,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 66,500
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 20,000
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Rp 825,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Rp 600,000
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 675,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 900,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 396,000,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 7,734
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 417,703
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 66,796
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 355,000
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Rp 88,333
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Rp 192,500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Rp 53,333
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Rp 46,500
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 22,500
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 25,000
Tube of toothpaste Rp 19,250
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 133,333
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 350,000
2 tickets to the movies Rp 98,571
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Rp 204,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Rp 600,000
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 108,333
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 56,250
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 55,000
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 1,579
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 1,578,170
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Rp 16,834
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2018.

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