Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php254
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php170
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php97
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php81
12 eggs, large Php93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php59
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php144
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php83
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php507
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php53
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php48,172
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,386
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,262
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php28,521
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php15,006
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,144
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,765
40” flat screen TV Php27,299
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,647
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php275
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php199
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,050
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,523
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,921
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,205
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,208,780
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,542
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php141
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php324
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php812
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php269
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php109
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php143
4 rolls of toilet paper Php62
Tube of toothpaste Php71
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php212
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php777
2 tickets to the movies Php492
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,241
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,457
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php269
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php154
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php87
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php26,858
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,071
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php86

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 140
2nd General Santos City 82
3rd Manila 78
4th Cebu City 73

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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Manila costs Php42,500 (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Manila costs Php20 (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Manila costs Php1,200 (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php1,500 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Manila costs Php60 (5 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Manila costs Php96 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Manila costs Php85 (5 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Manila costs Php120 (5 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Manila costs Php120 (5 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Manila costs Php250 (5 days ago)