Cost of living in Nepal

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 458
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨ 511
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 248
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 86
12 eggs, large ₨ 184
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 70
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 573
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 184
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 258
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,293
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨ 186
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 64
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 60,861
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨ 30,786
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 6,263
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 66,734
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨ 33,156
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨ 5,824
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨ 1,222
40” flat screen TV ₨ 52,821
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 19,550
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 528
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 500
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨ 2,777
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨ 2,068
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 5,687
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 4,071
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 3,727,360
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 110
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 2,160
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 207
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 657
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 3,018
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨ 315
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 365
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 407
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 179
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 100
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 518
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 1,839
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 819
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 2,500
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 3,509
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 573
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 240
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 378
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨ 77,370
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 16
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 3,337
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨ 369

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.

Prices recently added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Pokhara costs ₨ 200 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000 (4 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 10,000 (4 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 3,000 (4 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 4,000 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kathmandu costs ₨ 25,000 (4 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Kathmandu costs ₨ 700 (4 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 40,000 (4 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Kathmandu costs ₨ 80,000 (4 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Kathmandu costs ₨ 1,000 (4 days ago)