Cost of living in Bhutan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 375 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 542 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 211 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 65 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 137 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 70 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 222 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 148 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 35 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 65 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 751 Ngultrum
2 liters of Coca-Cola 89 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 28 Ngultrum
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 27,144 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,200 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,817 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 30,607 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 21,711 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 14,384 Ngultrum
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 18,033 Ngultrum
40” flat screen TV 41,329 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 10,815 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 297 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help 298 Ngultrum
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,855 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,939 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 8,963 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,855 Ngultrum
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 900,000 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 52 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 2,000 Ngultrum
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 100 Ngultrum
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 100 Ngultrum
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 124 Ngultrum
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 107 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 55 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 39 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 500 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 200 Ngultrum
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 1,092 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 150 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 62 Ngultrum
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 81,075 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 50 Ngultrum
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,229 Ngultrum
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 323 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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