Cost of living in Hong Kong

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district HK$90
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) HK$37
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast HK$46
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk HK$26
12 eggs, large HK$32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes HK$23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese HK$88
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples HK$34
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes HK$26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket HK$15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality HK$150
2 liters of Coca-Cola HK$15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day HK$18
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area HK$42,537
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area HK$29,798
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat HK$1,272
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area HK$26,010
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area HK$17,671
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio HK$674
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) HK$200
40” flat screen TV HK$4,596
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) HK$1,128
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) HK$75
Hourly rate for cleaning help HK$70
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) HK$588
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) HK$356
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) HK$625
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes HK$1,173
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new HK$204,266
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas HK$15
Monthly ticket public transport HK$529
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) HK$59
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) HK$87
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) HK$343
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) HK$50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) HK$43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) HK$49
4 rolls of toilet paper HK$13
Tube of toothpaste HK$25
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city HK$277
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub HK$381
2 tickets to the movies HK$196
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) HK$807
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert HK$861
1 cocktail drink in downtown club HK$118
Cappuccino in expat area of the city HK$44
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) HK$64
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB HK$3,242
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) HK$1.33
1 month of gym membership in business district HK$901
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes HK$58

Map of Cost of Living in Hong Kong

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This map shows only the top cities in Hong Kong. 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.

Are you moving to Hong Kong? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Hong Kong costs HK$56,000 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Hong Kong costs HK$100 (4 days ago)