Cost of living in Nepal

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 740
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨ 666
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 286
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 105
12 eggs, large ₨ 213
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 107
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 591
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 198
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 59
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 302
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,237
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨ 203
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 80
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 75,805
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨ 44,554
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 9,258
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨ 72,356
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨ 42,547
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨ 3,448
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨ 3,752
40” flat screen TV ₨ 56,801
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 22,949
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 636
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 1,239
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨ 3,481
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨ 2,965
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 7,045
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 5,394
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 4,319,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 111
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 2,041
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 364
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 671
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 3,625
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨ 360
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 307
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 424
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 168
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 108
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 441
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 2,040
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 1,116
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 5,260
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 4,444
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 1,940
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 775
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 416
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨ 89,097
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 11
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 3,650
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨ 575

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

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Kathmandu costs ₨ 300 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Kathmandu costs ₨ 500 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Kathmandu costs ₨ 9,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Kathmandu costs ₨ 6,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 12,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 9,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 9,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Kathmandu costs ₨ 5,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 20 doses in Kathmandu costs ₨ 2,438 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Kathmandu costs ₨ 30,000 (about 18 hours ago)