Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,427 (Php116,565)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,187 (Php57,032)
  • 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 70% of countries in the World (55 out of 79)
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Food
PHP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php263 ($5.47)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php169 ($3.52)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php114 ($2.38)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php85 ($1.77)
12 eggs, large Php108 ($2.25)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php82 ($1.71)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php242 ($5.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php151 ($3.15)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php95 ($1.97)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php64 ($1.33)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php418 ($9)
2 liters of coca-cola Php84 ($1.75)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php63 ($1.31)
Housing
PHP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php49,245 ($1,025)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php25,200 ($525)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,990 ($104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php31,085 ($647)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php15,684 ($327)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,501 ($52)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,643 ($34)
40” flat screen tv Php12,980 ($270)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,839 ($122)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php332 ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php280 ($5.83)
Clothes
PHP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,543 ($53)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,648 ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,079 ($85)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,054 ($84)
Transportation
PHP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php945,687 ($19,689)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php48 ($1.00)
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,563 ($33)
Personal Care
PHP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php198 ($4.13)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php744 ($15)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php567 ($12)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php305 ($6)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php145 ($3.01)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php155 ($3.24)
4 rolls of toilet paper Php85 ($1.77)
Tube of toothpaste Php86 ($1.79)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php309 ($6)
Entertainment
PHP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php887 ($18)
2 tickets to the movies Php501 ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,958 ($41)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,245 ($47)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php249 ($5.18)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php152 ($3.16)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php88 ($1.84)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php12,315 ($256)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php11 ($0.23)
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,551 ($32)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php116 ($2.42)

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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:
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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 97
3rd General Santos City 93
4th San Fernando, La Union 79
5th Davao 71

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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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php115 (7 days ago)