Cost of living in Papua New Guinea

Summary of cost of living in Papua New Guinea

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 12,915 Kina
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 6,352 Kina
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 18 Kina
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22 Kina
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 32 Kina
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 7 Kina
12 eggs, large 26 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.51 Kina
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12 Kina
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7 Kina
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9 Kina
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 71 Kina
2 liters of coca-cola 10 Kina
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 7 Kina
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,000 Kina
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 200 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,200 Kina
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 500 Kina
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 300 Kina
40” flat screen tv 900 Kina
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 700 Kina
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 90 Kina
Hourly rate for cleaning help 69 Kina
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 150 Kina
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 130 Kina
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 300 Kina
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 100 Kina
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 100,000 Kina
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3.79 Kina
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 17 Kina
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17 Kina
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 120 Kina
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 Kina
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 Kina
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9 Kina
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.50 Kina
Tube of toothpaste 5.99 Kina
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30 Kina
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 50 Kina
2 tickets to the movies 50 Kina
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 150 Kina
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 30 Kina
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 25 Kina
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 Kina
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,944 Kina
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Kina
1 month of gym membership in business district 150 Kina
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 66 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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