Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨197,680
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨84,073
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨605
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨657
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨249
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨110
12 eggs, large ₨122
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨113
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨510
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨181
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨366
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,502
2 liters of coca-cola ₨127
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨56
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨54,670
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨36,369
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨9,463
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨48,807
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨29,928
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨8,151
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,478
40” flat screen tv ₨39,996
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,115
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨593
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨773
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,113
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨3,540
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,553
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,618
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,997,080
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨112
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,892
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨311
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨401
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,433
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨514
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨312
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨305
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨189
Tube of toothpaste ₨134
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨388
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,486
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,191
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,621
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,615
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨885
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨325
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨393
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨55,804
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.62
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,179
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨217

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 Islamabad 57
2nd Lahore 57
3rd Karachi 53
4th Hyderabad, Pakistan 52

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 kg of rice in Faisalabad costs ₨140 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Faisalabad costs ₨35 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Faisalabad costs ₨110 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Faisalabad costs ₨40 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Faisalabad costs ₨200 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Faisalabad costs ₨600 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Faisalabad costs ₨30 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Faisalabad costs ₨120 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Faisalabad costs ₨100 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Faisalabad costs ₨180 (about 8 hours ago)