Cost of living in Papua New Guinea

Summary of cost of living in Papua New Guinea

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,660 Kina
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 11,404 Kina
  • 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 34 Kina
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 28 Kina
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 Kina
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.46 Kina
12 eggs, large 17 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21 Kina
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 23 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 17 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 15 Kina
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 15 Kina
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 72 Kina
2 liters of coca-cola 9 Kina
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Kina
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 8,950 Kina
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 6,017 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,944 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,213 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,459 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,000 Kina
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 431 Kina
40” flat screen tv 3,189 Kina
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 400 Kina
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 30 Kina
Hourly rate for cleaning help 100 Kina
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 183 Kina
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 237 Kina
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 223 Kina
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 381 Kina
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 125,000 Kina
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 11 Kina
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 40 Kina
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50 Kina
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 150 Kina
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 13 Kina
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 16 Kina
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 50 Kina
4 rolls of toilet paper 12 Kina
Tube of toothpaste 11 Kina
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 40 Kina
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 73 Kina
2 tickets to the movies 55 Kina
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 400 Kina
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 173 Kina
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 123 Kina
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 17 Kina
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 52 Kina
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,438 Kina
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 150 Kina
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 25 Kina

Map of Cost of Living in Papua New Guinea

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This map shows only the top cities in Papua New Guinea. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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.

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