Cost of living in Bhutan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 433 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 350 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 175 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 105 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 120 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 50 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 160 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 65 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 300 Ngultrum
2 liters of Coca-Cola 80 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 28 Ngultrum
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 32,500 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,000 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 300 Ngultrum
40” flat screen TV 40,000 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 150 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 5,000 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,000 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,500 Ngultrum
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 68 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 3,667 Ngultrum
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper -
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub -
2 tickets to the movies -
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 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city -
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district -
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes -

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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