Cost of living in Afghanistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 333 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 266 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 226 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 69 Afghani
12 eggs, large 88 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 47 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 276 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 72 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 28 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,549 Afghani
2 liters of Coca-Cola 49 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 38 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,623 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,959 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,380 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) 5,826 Afghani
40” flat screen TV 36,232 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 10,923 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 280 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,297 Afghani
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,388 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,525 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,148 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,665,030 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 45 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,025 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
Entertainment
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 22,298 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

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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.

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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