Cost of living in Bhutan

Summary of cost of living in Bhutan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 183,077 Ngultrum
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 69,786 Ngultrum
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 657 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 500 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 473 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 89 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 454 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 55 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 992 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 144 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 40 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 95 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 506 Ngultrum
2 liters of coca-cola 161 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 95 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 37,263 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 26,943 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,755 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 50,000 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 2,000 Ngultrum
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,413 Ngultrum
40” flat screen tv 8,000 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 8,000 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 500 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,500 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) 4,500 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 4,500 Ngultrum
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,000,000 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 85 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) 150 Ngultrum
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,000 Ngultrum
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.) 1,000 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 200 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 65 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,500 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 900 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 2,000 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 900 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 350 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 150 Ngultrum
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 57,434 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,000 Ngultrum
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 150 Ngultrum

Map of Cost of Living in Bhutan


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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