Cost of living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Summary of cost of living in Bishkek

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 116,275 som
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 58,085 som
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List of prices in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 307 som
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 178 som
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 158 som
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 46 som
12 eggs, large 91 som
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 90 som
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 215 som
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 68 som
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 22 som
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 55 som
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 511 som
2 liters of coca-cola 68 som
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 32 som
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 47,696 som
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 28,364 som
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,630 som
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 36,672 som
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 18,207 som
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,670 som
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,230 som
40” flat screen tv 24,714 som
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 8,230 som
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 615 som
Hourly rate for cleaning help 374 som
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,964 som
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,767 som
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,676 som
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,784 som
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,073,210 som
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 45 som
Monthly ticket public transport 738 som
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 158 som
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 232 som
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 679 som
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,560 som
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 254 som
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 191 som
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 245 som
4 rolls of toilet paper 75 som
Tube of toothpaste 98 som
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 296 som
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,162 som
2 tickets to the movies 515 som
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,684 som
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,999 som
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 250 som
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 148 som
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 127 som
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 23,902 som
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 4.46 som
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,780 som
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 79 som
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 117 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: January 24, 2020

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