Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php252
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php171
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php97
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php83
12 eggs, large Php93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php63
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php155
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php124
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php81
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php512
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php75
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php54
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php44,531
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,118
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,043
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php28,725
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,260
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,913
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,799
40” flat screen TV Php25,843
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,066
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php324
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php221
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,106
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,550
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,124
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,416
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,177,060
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php51
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,497
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php156
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php457
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php865
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php243
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php114
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php178
4 rolls of toilet paper Php65
Tube of toothpaste Php84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php189
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php835
2 tickets to the movies Php481
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,229
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,477
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php269
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php158
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php89
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php26,600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,063
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php89

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 151
2nd General Santos City 88
3rd Manila 86
4th Cebu City 80
5th San Fernando, La Union 76

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

  • 6 eggs, large in Manila costs Php90 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php20,000 (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Manila costs Php15 (6 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Manila costs Php70 (9 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Manila costs Php189 (9 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Manila costs Php40 (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Manila costs Php23 (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Manila costs Php98 (9 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Manila costs Php156 (9 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Manila costs Php72 (9 days ago)