Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨516
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨601
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨219
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨105
12 eggs, large ₨119
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨474
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨157
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 ₨2,412
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 ₨57,565
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨34,501
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,108
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨43,451
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨27,632
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,732
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,605
40” flat screen TV ₨40,471
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,188
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨524
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨1,031
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,647
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,470
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,387
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,561
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,799,480
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨83
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,629
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨217
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨550
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,122
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨393
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨244
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨332
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨140
Tube of toothpaste ₨104
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨547
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,539
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,156
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,937
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,089
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨519
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨361
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨388
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨55,747
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨31
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,919
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨173

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 70
3rd Karachi 68
4th Mandi Bahauddin 65
5th Hyderabad, Pakistan 53

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 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Islamabad costs ₨300 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Pakpattan costs ₨270 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Pakpattan costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Pakpattan costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Pakpattan costs ₨90 (1 day ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Pakpattan costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Pakpattan costs ₨150 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Pakpattan costs ₨2,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Pakpattan costs ₨97 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Pakpattan costs ₨3,000 (1 day ago)