Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨985
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨716
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨256
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨116
12 eggs, large ₨129
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨460
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨158
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨268
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,253
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨117
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨62
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨58,637
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨37,995
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,146
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨46,421
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨32,743
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨8,387
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,264
40” flat screen TV ₨38,346
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨8,377
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨408
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨604
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,572
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,984
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨8,502
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨6,321
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,769,270
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨85
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,502
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨684
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨199
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨488
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,089
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨380
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨274
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨420
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨133
Tube of toothpaste ₨114
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨595
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,542
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,168
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,933
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,126
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨497
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨423
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨449
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨59,600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.66
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨6,719
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨156
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 765 prices entered by 71 different people.
Latest price update: August 17, 2018.

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