Cost of living in Mongolia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 16,443 ₮
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,486 ₮
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,600 ₮
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,500 ₮
12 eggs, large 3,808 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5,750 ₮
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 8,500 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 6,214 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 917 ₮
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,071 ₮
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27,500 ₮
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,769 ₮
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,529 ₮
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,790,000 ₮
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,040,000 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 205,000 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,166,670 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 583,333 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 120,000 ₮
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 38,750 ₮
40” flat screen TV 825,000 ₮
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 333,333 ₮
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24,833 ₮
Hourly rate for cleaning help 17,500 ₮
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 59,667 ₮
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 129,750 ₮
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 155,000 ₮
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 249,500 ₮
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 50,000,000 ₮
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,750 ₮
Monthly ticket public transport 26,667 ₮
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11,500 ₮
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 11,000 ₮
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 30,000 ₮
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,250 ₮
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,375 ₮
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11,667 ₮
4 rolls of toilet paper 10,167 ₮
Tube of toothpaste 4,933 ₮
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 12,667 ₮
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 34,478 ₮
2 tickets to the movies 13,055 ₮
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 55,000 ₮
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 80,000 ₮
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22,585 ₮
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 7,880 ₮
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,609 ₮
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,399,500 ₮
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 246,182 ₮
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 9,761 ₮

Map of Cost of Living in Mongolia

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This map shows only the top cities in Mongolia. 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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Darhan Erdenet Ulan Bator

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Ulan Bator costs 3,400 ₮ (4 days ago)