Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨407
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨533
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨217
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨102
12 eggs, large ₨114
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨455
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨147
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨190
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨953
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨116
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨44,402
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨26,845
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,089
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,922
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨19,099
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,823
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,530
40” flat screen TV ₨40,800
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,667
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨537
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨335
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,052
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,860
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,366
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨4,531
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,803,020
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,770
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨208
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨335
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨815
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨405
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨234
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨316
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨124
Tube of toothpaste ₨100
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨373
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,613
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,060
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,774
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,011
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨644
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨334
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨456
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨51,662
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.57
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,528
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 Lahore 65
2nd Islamabad 62
3rd Mandi Bahauddin 60
4th Karachi 56
5th Hyderabad 41

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

  • 2 tickets to the movies in Quetta costs ₨1,400 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Quetta costs ₨5,000 (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Quetta costs ₨6,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Quetta costs ₨2,500 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Quetta costs ₨25,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Quetta costs ₨50,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Quetta costs ₨95 (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Quetta costs ₨60 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Quetta costs ₨120 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Quetta costs ₨30 (2 days ago)