Cost of living in Singapore

Summary of cost of living in Singapore

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,687 (SGD $7,577)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,262 (SGD $4,347)
  • Singapore is the 2nd most expensive country in Asia (2 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Singapore is more expensive than in 92% of countries in the World (7 out of 77)
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Food
SGD USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district SGD $11 ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) SGD $8 ($6.00)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast SGD $5.49 ($4.12)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk SGD $2.99 ($2.24)
12 eggs, large SGD $3.49 ($2.62)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes SGD $3.43 ($2.58)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese SGD $18 ($14)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples SGD $4.28 ($3.21)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes SGD $2.50 ($1.87)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket SGD $4.98 ($3.74)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality SGD $31 ($23)
2 liters of coca-cola SGD $2.91 ($2.18)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day SGD $2.29 ($1.72)
Housing
SGD USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area SGD $3,613 ($2,712)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area SGD $2,710 ($2,034)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat SGD $152 ($114)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area SGD $2,879 ($2,160)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area SGD $1,867 ($1,402)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio SGD $84 ($63)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) SGD $43 ($33)
40” flat screen tv SGD $658 ($494)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) SGD $187 ($140)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) SGD $11 ($8)
Hourly rate for cleaning help SGD $18 ($14)
Clothes
SGD USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) SGD $113 ($85)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) SGD $50 ($38)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) SGD $141 ($106)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes SGD $177 ($133)
Transportation
SGD USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new SGD $118,218 ($88,726)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas SGD $2.19 ($1.64)
Monthly ticket public transport SGD $97 ($73)
Personal Care
SGD USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) SGD $13 ($10)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) SGD $10 ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) SGD $69 ($52)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) SGD $14 ($10)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) SGD $8 ($5.66)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) SGD $9 ($7)
4 rolls of toilet paper SGD $2.89 ($2.17)
Tube of toothpaste SGD $4.27 ($3.20)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city SGD $32 ($24)
Entertainment
SGD USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub SGD $55 ($42)
2 tickets to the movies SGD $26 ($20)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) SGD $134 ($100)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert SGD $147 ($110)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club SGD $21 ($16)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city SGD $6.00 ($4.50)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) SGD $11 ($8)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb SGD $744 ($558)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) SGD $0.23 ($0.17)
1 month of gym membership in business district SGD $163 ($122)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes SGD $14 ($10)

Map of Cost of Living in Singapore

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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.

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Prices recently added

  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Singapore costs SGD $200 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Singapore costs SGD $3,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Singapore costs SGD $4,500 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Singapore costs SGD $3.00 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Singapore costs SGD $2.50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Singapore costs SGD $3.50 (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Singapore costs SGD $15 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Singapore costs SGD $3.00 (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Singapore costs SGD $2,600 (7 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Singapore costs SGD $13 (8 days ago)