Cost of living in Hong Kong

Summary of cost of living in Hong Kong

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: HK$53,787
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: HK$36,986
  • Hong Kong is the 2nd most expensive country in Asia (2 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Hong Kong is more expensive than in 90% of countries in the World (8 out of 68)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district HK$71
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) HK$45
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast HK$45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk HK$23
12 eggs, large HK$34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes HK$28
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese HK$96
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples HK$36
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes HK$32
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$19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day HK$20
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area HK$36,510
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area HK$23,879
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat HK$1,682
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area HK$19,785
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area HK$14,048
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio HK$1,558
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) HK$174
40” flat screen tv HK$4,586
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) HK$1,267
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) HK$108
Hourly rate for cleaning help HK$96
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) HK$618
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) HK$332
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) HK$676
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes HK$986
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new HK$206,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas HK$23
Monthly ticket public transport HK$496
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) HK$35
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) HK$102
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) HK$379
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) HK$66
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) HK$29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) HK$32
4 rolls of toilet paper HK$15
Tube of toothpaste HK$21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city HK$165
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub HK$378
2 tickets to the movies HK$201
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) HK$446
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert HK$559
1 cocktail drink in downtown club HK$123
Cappuccino in expat area of the city HK$41
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) HK$54
Ipad wi-fi 128gb HK$3,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) HK$3.33
1 month of gym membership in business district HK$700
1 package of marlboro cigarettes HK$73

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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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