Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨500
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨563
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨227
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨103
12 eggs, large ₨117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨479
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨148
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨248
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,308
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨117
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨55,528
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨34,228
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨9,219
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨45,864
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨31,240
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,182
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,678
40” flat screen TV ₨41,391
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,952
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨570
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨912
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,885
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨5,074
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,377
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,303
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,860,370
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨77
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,280
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨252
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨465
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,197
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨410
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨254
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨339
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨153
Tube of toothpaste ₨109
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨471
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,715
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,127
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,629
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,296
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨822
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨351
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨427
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨53,265
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨89
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,625
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨180

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 Mandi Bahauddin 172
2nd Hyderabad 71
3rd Lahore 68
4th Karachi 67
5th Islamabad 63

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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Faisalabad costs ₨3,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Karachi costs ₨189 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Lahore costs ₨150 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Lahore costs ₨3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Lahore costs ₨500 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Lahore costs ₨3,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Lahore costs ₨2,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Lahore costs ₨1,200 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Lahore costs ₨1,200 (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Lahore costs ₨200 (2 days ago)