Cost of living in Bhutan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 513 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 400 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 183 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 110 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 150 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 57 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 280 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 100 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 28 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 83 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 750 Ngultrum
2 liters of Coca-Cola 110 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 28 Ngultrum
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 35,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,333 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 30,000 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 20,000 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 3,000 Ngultrum
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 330 Ngultrum
40” flat screen TV 45,000 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,000 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 525 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 3,900 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 3,000 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 6,000 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,750 Ngultrum
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,200,000 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 64 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 3,100 Ngultrum
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 70 Ngultrum
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 350 Ngultrum
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 700 Ngultrum
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,125 Ngultrum
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 450 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 100 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 80 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 150 Ngultrum
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,500 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 500 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 500 Ngultrum
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,000 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,500 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 200 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 180 Ngultrum
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 45,000 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.00 Ngultrum
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,500 Ngultrum
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 350 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.

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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