Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php208
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php157
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php101
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php81
12 eggs, large Php89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php76
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php151
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php120
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php47
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php374
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php48
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php39,505
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,319
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,861
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php24,817
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,317
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,072
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,747
40” flat screen TV Php27,997
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,434
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php274
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php122
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) Php1,566
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,217
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,193
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,336,330
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php44
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,284
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php137
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php321
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php517
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php215
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php100
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php120
4 rolls of toilet paper Php55
Tube of toothpaste Php75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php269
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php724
2 tickets to the movies Php486
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,808
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,580
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php250
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php152
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php69
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php27,283
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,880
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php73

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 152
2nd General Santos City 86
3rd Manila 83
4th Cebu City 74

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 kg of rice in Manila costs Php50 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Manila costs Php35 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Manila costs Php80 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Manila costs Php150 (4 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Manila costs Php100 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Manila costs Php50 (4 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Manila costs Php100 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Manila costs Php72 (4 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Manila costs Php80 (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Manila costs Php500 (6 days ago)