Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php109,973
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php48,486
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php285
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php190
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php89
12 eggs, large Php105
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php240
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php134
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php67
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php549
2 liters of coca-cola Php84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php51
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php40,002
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php16,465
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,827
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php23,580
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php13,118
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,308
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,597
40” flat screen tv Php9,698
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php6,285
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php347
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php234
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,350
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,562
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,169
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,625
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,064,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php54
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,373
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php169
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php302
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php600
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php234
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php141
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php160
4 rolls of toilet paper Php77
Tube of toothpaste Php95
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php282
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php810
2 tickets to the movies Php415
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,958
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,491
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php227
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php153
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php283
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php13,873
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php17
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,775
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php125

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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:
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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 112
2nd Manila 102
3rd General Santos City 77
4th Davao 71

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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Manila costs Php2,500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Manila costs Php150 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Manila costs Php200 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Manila costs Php2,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Manila costs Php1,000 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Manila costs Php61 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php3,500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Manila costs Php354 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Manila costs Php7,500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Manila costs Php25,000 (about 21 hours ago)

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