Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 152,213 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 68,834 Afghani
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 307 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 393 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 144 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 70 Afghani
12 eggs, large 94 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 41 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 130 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 52 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 25 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 296 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,128 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 64 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 30 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 43,218 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 35,012 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,002 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 52,482 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 27,494 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 5,000 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 5,872 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 16,110 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,500 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 291 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,131 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,569 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 4,064 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,073 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 480,000 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 47 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,500 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 150 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 250 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 125 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 125 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 275 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 80 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 100 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 150 Afghani
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 899 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 465 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,676 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 259 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 449 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500 Afghani
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 35,926 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.00 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 8,116 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 115 Afghani

Map of Cost of Living in Afghanistan

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This map shows only the top cities in Afghanistan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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