Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php129,248
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php65,243
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Asia (6 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 59% of countries in the World (44 out of 74)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php231
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php167
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php115
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php85
12 eggs, large Php104
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php163
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php172
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php97
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php438
2 liters of coca-cola Php83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php60,007
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php27,918
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,516
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php35,776
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php18,220
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,278
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,650
40” flat screen tv Php16,805
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,193
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php292
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php353
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,294
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,291
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,320
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,333
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,158,530
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50
Monthly ticket public transport Php2,520
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php181
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php422
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php583
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php265
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php141
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php162
4 rolls of toilet paper Php90
Tube of toothpaste Php78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php306
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php836
2 tickets to the movies Php519
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php5,157
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,597
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php238
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php159
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php86
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php25,570
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,779
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php113

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:
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 Manila 96
3rd General Santos City 92
4th San Fernando, La Union 78
5th Davao 70

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

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Manila costs Php40,000 (9 days ago)