Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $1,292 (₨209,084)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $562 (₨90,960)
  • 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
PKR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨449 ($2.77)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨646 ($3.99)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨214 ($1.32)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨111 ($0.69)
12 eggs, large ₨126 ($0.78)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨90 ($0.56)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨570 ($3.52)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨163 ($1.01)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨47 ($0.29)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨345 ($2.13)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,708 ($11)
2 liters of coca-cola ₨131 ($0.81)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨64 ($0.40)
Housing
PKR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨66,166 ($409)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨38,200 ($236)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨10,791 ($67)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨43,301 ($267)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨28,644 ($177)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨6,904 ($43)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,479 ($15)
40” flat screen tv ₨41,044 ($254)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨15,450 ($95)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨678 ($4.19)
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨296 ($1.83)
Clothes
PKR USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨3,132 ($19)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨5,143 ($32)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨8,007 ($49)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,569 ($34)
Transportation
PKR USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,394,740 ($14,793)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨111 ($0.69)
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,029 ($13)
Personal Care
PKR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨239 ($1.48)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨599 ($3.70)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,556 ($10)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨517 ($3.19)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨360 ($2.22)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨410 ($2.53)
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨240 ($1.49)
Tube of toothpaste ₨151 ($0.94)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨432 ($2.67)
Entertainment
PKR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,773 ($11)
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,234 ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,110 ($19)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,466 ($21)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨734 ($4.53)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨387 ($2.39)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨452 ($2.79)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨47,239 ($292)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.26 ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,961 ($24)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨246 ($1.52)

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 Lahore 54
2nd Karachi 50
3rd Hyderabad, Pakistan 47

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 month of gym membership in business district in Karachi costs ₨8,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Karachi costs ₨3.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Karachi costs ₨1,200 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Karachi costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Karachi costs ₨104 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Karachi costs ₨2,300 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Karachi costs ₨40,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Karachi costs ₨1,800 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Karachi costs ₨28,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Karachi costs ₨50,000 (1 day ago)