Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 136,728 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 58,438 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 487 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 400 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 207 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 75 Afghani
12 eggs, large 93 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 47 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 233 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 50 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 29 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 50 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,334 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 77 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 52 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 38,266 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 25,468 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,910 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 31,512 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 24,914 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 5,725 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,016 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 24,715 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 9,193 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 592 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Afghani
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,731 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,812 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,683 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,404 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,539,540 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 39 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 2,392 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 150 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 451 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 533 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 160 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 313 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 65 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 126 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 265 Afghani
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 778 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 532 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,500 Afghani
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,299 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 907 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 200 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 100 Afghani
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,973 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.00 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,269 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 154 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.

List of all cities available in Afghanistan

Kabul

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Kabul costs 100 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Kabul costs 2,500 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kabul costs 3.00 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Kabul costs 20,000 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kabul costs 100 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Kabul costs 250 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Kabul costs 100 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Kabul costs 40 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Kabul costs 250 Afghani (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Kabul costs 20 Afghani (4 days ago)