Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php215
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php156
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 Php73
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php155
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php127
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php510
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php43,308
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,470
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,257
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php26,549
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,264
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,915
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,843
40” flat screen TV Php26,126
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php6,036
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php320
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php150
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,235
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,604
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,215
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,260
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,373,410
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php42
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,328
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php169
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php313
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php494
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php238
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php117
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php143
4 rolls of toilet paper Php57
Tube of toothpaste Php79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php267
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php807
2 tickets to the movies Php470
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php2,061
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,630
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php241
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php155
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php91
iPod nano 16GB Php10,373
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,041
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 163
2nd Manila 99
3rd General Santos City 96
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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bacolod City costs Php70 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bacolod City costs Php1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Bacolod City costs Php440,000 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bacolod City costs Php50 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bacolod City costs Php120 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bacolod City costs Php80 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for one in Bacolod City costs Php1,300 (2 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Bacolod City costs Php400 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for one in Bacolod City costs Php900 (2 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Bacolod City costs Php90 (2 days ago)