Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php260
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php171
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php95
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php81
12 eggs, large Php91
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php58
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php144
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php496
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php50
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php44,961
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php23,502
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,320
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php27,563
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php14,560
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,506
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,810
40” flat screen TV Php27,452
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,389
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php283
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php252
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,027
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,490
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,987
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,287
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,181,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php49
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,807
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php123
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php331
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php799
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php305
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php101
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php127
4 rolls of toilet paper Php63
Tube of toothpaste Php75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php207
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php796
2 tickets to the movies Php495
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,226
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,515
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php258
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php157
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php79
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php27,961
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,984
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php82

Map of Cost of Living in Philippines

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This map shows only the top cities in Philippines. 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 Philippines

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Juan, La Union 146
2nd General Santos City 84
3rd Manila 83
4th Cebu City 77

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.

Are you moving to Philippines? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Manila costs Php25 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Manila costs Php2,480 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Manila costs Php55 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php45,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php4,500 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Manila costs Php580 (3 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php1,899 (3 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Manila costs Php2,500 (3 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Manila costs Php3,500 (3 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Manila costs Php9,000 (3 days ago)