Cost of living in Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨427
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨538
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨211
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨101
12 eggs, large ₨113
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨54
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨399
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨148
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨158
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,486
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨110
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨45
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨40,956
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨27,095
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,365
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,210
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨22,627
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,877
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,485
40” flat screen TV ₨40,082
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,551
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨546
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨354
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,182
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,658
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,446
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨4,299
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,832,330
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨73
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,820
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨213
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨351
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨801
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨395
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨241
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨335
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨152
Tube of toothpaste ₨114
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨390
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,631
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,100
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,853
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,278
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨896
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨351
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨483
iPad Air 2, 64GB ₨49,601
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.30
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,912
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨175

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 73
2nd Islamabad 68
3rd Karachi 62
4th Hyderabad 44

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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Lahore costs ₨5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Karachi costs ₨20,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rate for domestic cleaning help in Islamabad costs ₨13 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Lahore costs ₨285 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Lahore costs ₨71 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Lahore costs ₨40 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Lahore costs ₨45 (3 days ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Lahore costs ₨70 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Lahore costs ₨120 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Lahore costs ₨200 (3 days ago)