Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php207
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php157
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php103
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php80
12 eggs, large Php89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php161
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php45
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php427
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php41,595
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,196
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,581
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php25,403
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,849
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,136
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,833
40” flat screen TV Php26,350
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,363
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php323
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php134
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,235
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,630
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,140
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,260
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,407,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php43
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,263
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php151
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php368
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php514
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php217
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php111
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php140
4 rolls of toilet paper Php56
Tube of toothpaste Php80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php268
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php795
2 tickets to the movies Php468
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,776
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,642
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php214
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php151
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php78
iPod nano 16GB Php11,992
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,977
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php72

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 153
2nd General Santos City 91
3rd Manila 88
4th Cebu City 79

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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Manila costs Php500 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Manila costs Php480 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Manila costs Php250 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 110 g tube of toothpaste in Manila costs Php100 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 12 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Manila costs Php144 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php2,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Manila costs Php30 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Manila costs Php25 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Manila costs Php60 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 250 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Manila costs Php60 (about 14 hours ago)