Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php245
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php172
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php101
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php83
12 eggs, large Php93
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php145
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php129
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php503
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php53
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php46,426
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php22,576
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,857
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php28,095
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php16,256
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php3,002
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,741
40” flat screen TV Php24,626
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php335
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php235
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,115
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,601
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,143
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,504
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,209,730
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php51
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,490
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php152
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php457
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php862
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php235
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php118
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php187
4 rolls of toilet paper Php65
Tube of toothpaste Php84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php178
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php806
2 tickets to the movies Php479
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,231
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,455
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php271
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php158
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php92
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php24,510
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,046
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php91

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 147
2nd General Santos City 87
3rd Manila 82
4th Cebu City 77
5th San Fernando, La Union 75

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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Prices recently added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Davao costs Php10,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php37 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php35 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php90 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php180 (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php100 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in San Fernando, Pampanga costs Php20,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Manila costs Php8,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Iloilo costs Php170 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php100 (4 days ago)