Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨514
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨590
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨228
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨106
12 eggs, large ₨117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨80
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨466
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨150
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨282
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,862
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨115
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨52
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨52,942
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨32,618
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,328
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨42,068
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨27,558
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,316
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,743
40” flat screen TV ₨40,433
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,629
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨524
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨954
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,630
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,392
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,075
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,327
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,822,570
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨80
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,567
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨211
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨999
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,115
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨411
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨255
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨328
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨137
Tube of toothpaste ₨108
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨446
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,503
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,110
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,429
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,955
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨510
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨354
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨496
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨53,789
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨26
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,605
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨170

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 178
2nd Hyderabad, Pakistan 87
3rd Karachi 67
4th Lahore 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

  • Public transport in Peshawar costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Peshawar costs ₨93 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Peshawar costs ₨7,000 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Peshawar costs ₨5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Peshawar costs ₨5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Peshawar costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Peshawar costs ₨500 (1 day ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Peshawar costs ₨15,000 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Peshawar costs ₨55,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Peshawar costs ₨2,500 (1 day ago)