Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨292,775
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨112,927
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨519
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨705
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨224
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨118
12 eggs, large ₨165
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨102
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨710
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨221
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨220
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,141
2 liters of coca-cola ₨167
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨77
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨65,360
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨44,450
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨14,918
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨47,849
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨35,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨10,123
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,270
40” flat screen tv ₨53,975
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨18,356
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨851
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨797
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨4,868
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨7,670
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨17,357
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨8,106
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨5,697,890
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨146
Monthly ticket public transport ₨4,073
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨237
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨572
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,768
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨1,267
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨575
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨371
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨352
Tube of toothpaste ₨116
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨681
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨2,016
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,908
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,708
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,907
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,025
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨469
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨513
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨107,118
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.02
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,729
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨238

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:
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 Lahore 40
2nd Rawalpindi 37
3rd Faisalabad 36
4th Hyderabad, Pakistan 25

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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Faisalabad costs ₨177 (3 days ago)
  • 600 g of potatoes in Karachi costs ₨82 (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of whole fat milk in Lahore costs ₨56 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Karachi costs ₨200 (4 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Karachi costs ₨80 (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Karachi costs ₨140 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Karachi costs ₨50 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Karachi costs ₨490 (4 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Karachi costs ₨900 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Karachi costs ₨150 (4 days ago)

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