Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php137,618
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php67,076
  • Philippines is the 4th cheapest country in Asia (8 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 82% of countries in the World (60 out of 73)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php233
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php179
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php128
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php89
12 eggs, large Php126
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php196
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php157
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php115
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php72
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php477
2 liters of coca-cola Php91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php83
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php54,916
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php32,581
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php6,532
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php29,670
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php16,811
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php4,137
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,668
40” flat screen tv Php15,355
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,674
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php282
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php845
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,546
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,348
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,727
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,006
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,287,380
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php74
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,066
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php279
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php1,803
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php1,730
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php156
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php183
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php276
4 rolls of toilet paper Php187
Tube of toothpaste Php98
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php408
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,193
2 tickets to the movies Php613
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,612
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,864
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php307
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php147
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php110
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php14,492
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,454
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php140

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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:
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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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Philippines

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Juan, La Union 105
2nd Manila 85
3rd Davao 62

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.

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Prices recently added

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Manila costs Php54 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Manila costs Php70 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Manila costs Php570 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Manila costs Php47 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Manila costs Php109 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Manila costs Php163 (1 day ago)
  • 500 g of local cheese in Manila costs Php226 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Manila costs Php64 (1 day ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Manila costs Php95 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Manila costs Php86 (1 day ago)

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