Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨446
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨504
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨200
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨98
12 eggs, large ₨112
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨55
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨396
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨142
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨149
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,595
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨108
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨43
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨41,196
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨25,348
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,054
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨30,775
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨18,828
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,449
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,372
40” flat screen TV ₨39,061
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨9,797
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨468
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨381
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,298
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,508
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,552
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨4,161
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,848,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨71
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,681
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨207
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨388
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨713
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨411
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨240
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨302
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨130
Tube of toothpaste ₨108
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨442
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,569
2 tickets to the movies ₨982
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,793
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,013
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨942
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨355
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨455
iPod nano 16GB ₨17,214
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.33
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,180
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨178

Map of Cost of Living in Pakistan

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This map shows only the top cities in Pakistan. 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 Pakistan

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Islamabad 73
2nd Lahore 72
3rd Karachi 64
4th Hyderabad 48

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

  • Monthly rate for domestic cleaning help in Islamabad costs ₨78 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Karachi costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Karachi costs ₨7,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Karachi costs ₨150 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Karachi costs ₨2,000 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Karachi costs ₨1,750 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Karachi costs ₨900 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Karachi costs ₨900 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Karachi costs ₨1,000 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Karachi costs ₨100 (1 day ago)