Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php202
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php157
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php102
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php80
12 eggs, large Php88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php74
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php143
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php118
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php46
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php372
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php58
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php45
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php40,013
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php21,652
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,755
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php24,916
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,417
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,140
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,772
40” flat screen TV Php26,236
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,747
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php280
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php131
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,243
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,542
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,197
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,042
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,419,550
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php43
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,304
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php130
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php330
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php519
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php217
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php103
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php132
4 rolls of toilet paper Php55
Tube of toothpaste Php80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php266
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php707
2 tickets to the movies Php480
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,683
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,532
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php228
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php151
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php70
iPad Air 2, 64GB Php23,477
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 150
2nd General Santos City 86
3rd Manila 83
4th Cebu City 75

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 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php75 (2 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Manila costs Php1,700 (2 days ago)
  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Manila costs Php118 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Manila costs Php75 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Manila costs Php3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Manila costs Php350 (2 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Manila costs Php94 (2 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Manila costs Php85 (2 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Manila costs Php100 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Manila costs Php50 (2 days ago)