Cost of living in Bhutan

Summary of cost of living in Bhutan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 217,306 Ngultrum
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 99,666 Ngultrum
  • 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 331 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 800 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 400 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 72 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 350 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 150 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 600 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 154 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 72 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 150 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,609 Ngultrum
2 liters of coca-cola 78 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 100 Ngultrum
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 100,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 20,000 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 60,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 25,000 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,000 Ngultrum
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,000 Ngultrum
40” flat screen tv 50,000 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 10,000 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,000 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help 400 Ngultrum
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 3,500 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,000 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 4,438 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,000 Ngultrum
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,000,000 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 70 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 900 Ngultrum
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 176 Ngultrum
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 500 Ngultrum
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 278 Ngultrum
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 375 Ngultrum
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 300 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 116 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 150 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 Ngultrum
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,000 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 1,000 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,000 Ngultrum
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,000 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 800 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 400 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500 Ngultrum
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 80,000 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 6,065 Ngultrum
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,200 Ngultrum

Map of Cost of Living in Bhutan

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