Cost of living in Afghanistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 369 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 283 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 229 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 70 Afghani
12 eggs, large 84 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 235 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 60 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 140 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,662 Afghani
2 liters of Coca-Cola 63 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 24 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,909 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,397 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,026 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 74,318 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 14,825 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,945 Afghani
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 8,097 Afghani
40” flat screen TV 52,403 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 13,763 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 229 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 7,586 Afghani
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,419 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,722 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,145 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,000,000 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 46 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,534 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 66 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 222 Afghani
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 300 Afghani
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 154 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 188 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 198 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 63 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 69 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 357 Afghani
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 676 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 217 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 500 Afghani
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,335 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,000 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 316 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 350 Afghani
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 26,367 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.62 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,492 Afghani
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 118 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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