Cost of living in Nepal

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 366
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨ 388
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 246
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 84
12 eggs, large ₨ 202
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 74
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 494
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 188
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 53
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 210
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,145
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨ 171
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 68
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 58,469
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨ 38,646
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 10,594
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 47,630
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨ 25,320
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨ 5,713
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨ 1,930
40” flat screen TV ₨ 59,593
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 23,517
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 473
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 470
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨ 2,618
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨ 4,029
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 5,259
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 4,367
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 4,389,520
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 102
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 1,442
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 169
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 627
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨ 426
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 339
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 417
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 174
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 138
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 591
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 1,303
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 677
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 20,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 3,111
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 843
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 285
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 393
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨ 79,351
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 63
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 2,679
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨ 192

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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 kg of rice in Pokhara costs ₨ 100 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Pokhara costs ₨ 200 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Pokhara costs ₨ 350 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Pokhara costs ₨ 40 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Pokhara costs ₨ 200 (1 day ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Pokhara costs ₨ 800 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Pokhara costs ₨ 70 (1 day ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Pokhara costs ₨ 200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Pokhara costs ₨ 70 (1 day ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Pokhara costs ₨ 200 (1 day ago)