Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php268
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php162
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php98
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php80
12 eggs, large Php88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php151
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php122
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php52
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php481
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php69
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php52
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php45,572
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php23,331
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,134
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php26,773
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php13,820
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,233
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,834
40” flat screen TV Php28,887
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,167
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php291
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php252
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,107
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,549
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,947
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,218
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,251,440
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php47
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,578
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php127
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php487
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php901
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php350
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php93
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php134
4 rolls of toilet paper Php65
Tube of toothpaste Php78
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php229
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php771
2 tickets to the movies Php489
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,261
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,575
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php235
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php157
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php71
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php27,444
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,958
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php79

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 143
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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php8,000 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Manila costs Php2,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Manila costs Php8 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Manila costs Php27,000 (1 day ago)
  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Manila costs Php106 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Manila costs Php150 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Manila costs Php350 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Manila costs Php2,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Manila costs Php7,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Manila costs Php500 (1 day ago)