Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨548
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨602
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨215
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨108
12 eggs, large ₨121
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨86
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨441
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨306
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,339
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨117
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨54
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨58,212
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨35,375
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨7,980
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨44,996
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨25,482
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,637
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,573
40” flat screen TV ₨40,799
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,815
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨504
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨1,166
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,597
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,140
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,087
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,447
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,755,370
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨87
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,486
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨215
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨573
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,072
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨386
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨247
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨323
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨139
Tube of toothpaste ₨105
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨626
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,487
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,115
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,581
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,027
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨472
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨373
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨416
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨55,174
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨51
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,244
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨179

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 72
2nd Lahore 66
3rd Mandi Bahauddin 62
4th Karachi 62
5th Hyderabad, Pakistan 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.

Recent Prices Added

  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Karachi costs ₨500 (2 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Karachi costs ₨40,000 (2 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Karachi costs ₨50,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Karachi costs ₨1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Karachi costs ₨5,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Karachi costs ₨30,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Karachi costs ₨50,000 (2 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Karachi costs ₨7,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Karachi costs ₨50,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Karachi costs ₨80,000 (2 days ago)