Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php209
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php154
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php100
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php80
12 eggs, large Php89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php152
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php126
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php502
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php61
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php41,801
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php23,099
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,119
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php27,056
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,359
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,915
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,857
40” flat screen TV Php26,126
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php6,259
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php323
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php146
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,228
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) Php4,165
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,260
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,404,380
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php42
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,172
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php163
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php273
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php498
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php253
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php115
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php143
4 rolls of toilet paper Php55
Tube of toothpaste Php77
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php270
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php800
2 tickets to the movies Php470
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,894
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,660
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php243
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php154
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php89
iPod nano 16GB Php10,274
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,083
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php71

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 167
2nd Manila 97
3rd General Santos City 97
4th Cebu City 85

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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Cebu City costs Php7 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php120,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Manila costs Php700 (3 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Manila costs Php40 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Manila costs Php56 (3 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php1,800 (3 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Manila costs Php65,000 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php85,000 (3 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Manila costs Php150 (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php12,500 (3 days ago)