Cost of living in Nepal

Summary of cost of living in Nepal

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨ 295,214
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨ 122,452
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 735
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨ 595
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 335
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 93
12 eggs, large ₨ 228
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 129
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 629
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 241
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 73
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 310
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,229
2 liters of coca-cola ₨ 234
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 83
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨ 74,839
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨ 47,961
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 14,953
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨ 67,616
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨ 47,217
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨ 19,880
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨ 1,421
40” flat screen tv ₨ 62,318
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 25,467
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 778
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 2,416
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨ 4,951
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨ 5,053
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 10,371
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 7,147
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 4,623,890
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 144
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 4,487
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 213
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 876
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 5,491
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨ 327
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 424
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 435
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 244
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 185
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 397
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 2,225
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 1,090
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 15,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 4,044
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 1,127
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 385
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 477
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨ 94,417
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 3.46
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 5,582
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨ 546

Map of Cost of Living in Nepal

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This map shows only the top cities in Nepal. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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.

Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Kathmandu costs ₨ 50 (8 days ago)
  • Per hour of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Kathmandu costs ₨ 500 (8 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Kathmandu costs ₨ 150 (8 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Kathmandu costs ₨ 200 (8 days ago)
  • Public transport in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000 (8 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Kathmandu costs ₨ 112 (8 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Kathmandu costs ₨ 4,000,000 (8 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000 (8 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 12,000 (8 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000 (8 days ago)