Cost of living in Papua New Guinea

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 41 Kina
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 24 Kina
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 Kina
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 8 Kina
12 eggs, large 13 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 19 Kina
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 18 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10 Kina
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9 Kina
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 57 Kina
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8 Kina
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5.58 Kina
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 15,039 Kina
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 9,385 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 820 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 8,076 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,626 Kina
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 373 Kina
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 400 Kina
40” flat screen TV 1,888 Kina
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,184 Kina
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 42 Kina
Hourly rate for cleaning help 19 Kina
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 213 Kina
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 151 Kina
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 240 Kina
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 314 Kina
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 68,580 Kina
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3.78 Kina
Monthly ticket public transport 160 Kina
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 34 Kina
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50 Kina
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 138 Kina
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 25 Kina
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 17 Kina
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 Kina
4 rolls of toilet paper 10 Kina
Tube of toothpaste 8 Kina
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32 Kina
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 135 Kina
2 tickets to the movies 47 Kina
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 35 Kina
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 219 Kina
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 30 Kina
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10 Kina
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11 Kina
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,047 Kina
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.18 Kina
1 month of gym membership in business district 441 Kina
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24 Kina

Map of Cost of Living in Papua New Guinea


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.

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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