Cost of living in Nepal

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 573
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨ 447
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 302
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 83
12 eggs, large ₨ 190
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 61
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 615
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 215
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 224
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,040
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨ 181
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 36,110
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨ 22,904
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 13,526
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 37,663
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨ 23,337
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨ 6,368
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨ 2,197
40” flat screen TV ₨ 57,336
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 18,564
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 496
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 348
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨ 2,743
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨ 4,055
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 4,479
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 3,937
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 4,310,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 104
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 1,676
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 190
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 575
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨ 279
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 304
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 311
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 163
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 128
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 475
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 1,386
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 590
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 1,168
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 2,917
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 858
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 237
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 405
iPad Air 2, 64GB ₨ 111,905
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 3.65
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 2,528
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨ 226

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.

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Nepal

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Kathmandu 76
2nd Bharatpur 71
3rd Butwal 61

Price 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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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Kathmandu costs ₨ 3,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kathmandu costs ₨ 1,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Kathmandu costs ₨ 1,200,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Kathmandu costs ₨ 450,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kathmandu costs ₨ 1,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Kathmandu costs ₨ 123,000 (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 603,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Kathmandu costs ₨ 345,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Kathmandu costs ₨ 100,000 (2 days ago)