Cost of living in Afghanistan

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 296 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 239 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 192 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 63 Afghani
12 eggs, large 86 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 43 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 245 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 67 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 26 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 300 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,191 Afghani
2 liters of Coca-Cola 49 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 38 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,432 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 20,514 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,925 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 24,217 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 16,735 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 6,635 Afghani
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 5,392 Afghani
40” flat screen TV 37,484 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 10,473 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 253 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,000 Afghani
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,100 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,191 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,327 Afghani
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,975,000 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 42 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,500 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 405 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 291 Afghani
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 205 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 250 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 243 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 74 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 122 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 294 Afghani
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 704 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 248 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 1,253 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 534 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 199 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 350 Afghani
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 7,000 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,250 Afghani
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 148 Afghani

Map of Cost of Living in Afghanistan


This map shows only the top cities in Afghanistan. We also have on this page a 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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