Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php122,532
Single person estimated monthly costs: Php63,222
Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 57% of countries in Asia (8 out of 14)
Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 66% of countries in the World (68 out of 103)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php238
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php161
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php95
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php85
12 eggs, large Php89
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php214
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php144
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php95
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php513
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php55,099
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php31,069
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,084
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php32,194
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php14,955
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,885
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,562
40” flat screen TV Php20,426
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,932
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php308
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php665
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,685
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,656
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,494
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,115
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,258,130
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,233
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php168
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php747
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php692
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php177
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php110
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php153
4 rolls of toilet paper Php50
Tube of toothpaste Php74
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php208
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php848
2 tickets to the movies Php538
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,178
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,675
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php286
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php161
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php68
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php25,119
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,099
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php94

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:
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 155
2nd Manila 92
3rd General Santos City 92
4th Cebu City 81
5th San Fernando, La Union 79
6th Davao 70

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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  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php50,825 (3 days ago)