Cost of living in Saudi Arabia

Summary of cost of living in Saudi Arabia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 9,920
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 4,523
  • Saudi Arabia is the 4th cheapest country in Middle East (10 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Saudi Arabia is cheaper than in 53% of countries in the World (50 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 34
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ﷼‎ 23
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 4.79
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 5.37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 4.37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of coca-cola ﷼‎ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 2.41
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ﷼‎ 3,197
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ﷼‎ 2,196
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 457
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ﷼‎ 2,218
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ﷼‎ 1,570
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ﷼‎ 378
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 167
40” flat screen tv ﷼‎ 1,226
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 395
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 34
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 33
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 197
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 164
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 348
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 282
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 75,675
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 1.51
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 164
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 58
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 113
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ﷼‎ 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 17
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 7
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 16
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 87
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 143
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 223
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 157
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ﷼‎ 1,809
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 327
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 26

Map of Cost of Living in Saudi Arabia

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This map shows only the top cities in Saudi Arabia. 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 Saudi Arabia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Al Mubarraz 160
2nd Jeddah 127
3rd Riyadh 112
4th Dammam 97
5th Sakaka 67

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 normal area in Tabuk costs ﷼‎ 1,200 (about 3 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 91,500 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Riyadh costs ﷼‎ 35 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Riyadh costs ﷼‎ 25 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 8 (5 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 20 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 6.00 (5 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 16 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 5.00 (5 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Jeddah costs ﷼‎ 18 (5 days ago)