Cost of living in Philippines

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Food
PHP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php243 ($4.64)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Php164 ($3.13)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php102 ($1.96)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php85 ($1.62)
12 eggs, large Php97 ($1.85)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php69 ($1.31)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php191 ($3.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125 ($2.38)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php84 ($1.60)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php50 ($0.95)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php436 ($8)
2 liters of Coca-Cola Php80 ($1.52)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php57 ($1.09)
Housing
PHP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Php53,300 ($1,018)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Php27,376 ($523)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php3,707 ($71)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Php31,265 ($597)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Php17,797 ($340)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Php2,557 ($49)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Php1,661 ($32)
40” flat screen TV Php20,417 ($390)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,359 ($102)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php319 ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php720 ($14)
Clothes
PHP USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Php2,627 ($50)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Php1,801 ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,555 ($87)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,363 ($64)
Transportation
PHP USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,219,870 ($23,304)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php53 ($1.01)
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,373 ($26)
Personal Care
PHP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php173 ($3.30)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php594 ($11)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Php812 ($16)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Php155 ($2.96)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php114 ($2.17)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php176 ($3.36)
4 rolls of toilet paper Php49 ($0.93)
Tube of toothpaste Php97 ($1.85)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php207 ($3.95)
Entertainment
PHP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php869 ($17)
2 tickets to the movies Php495 ($9)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,125 ($21)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,609 ($31)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php438 ($8)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php168 ($3.21)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php93 ($1.79)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Php24,632 ($471)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8 ($0.15)
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,403 ($46)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Php91 ($1.73)

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 153
2nd General Santos City 91
3rd Manila 89
4th Cebu City 80
5th San Fernando, La Union 78

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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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Dasmarinas costs Php20,000 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Dasmarinas costs Php150 (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Dasmarinas costs Php200 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Dasmarinas costs Php25,000 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Manila costs Php33,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php71 (4 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Manila costs Php3,500 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Manila costs Php50 (4 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Manila costs Php50 (4 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Manila costs Php70 (4 days ago)

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