Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨949
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨674
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨253
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨116
12 eggs, large ₨127
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨409
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨160
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨46
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 ₨60
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨54,288
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨36,377
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨7,338
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨49,155
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨36,785
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨8,511
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,330
40” flat screen TV ₨38,779
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨8,793
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨408
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨604
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,701
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,206
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,669
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,555
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,780,280
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨82
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,408
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨925
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨199
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨501
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,093
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨376
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨249
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨396
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨129
Tube of toothpaste ₨106
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨439
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,686
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,136
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,465
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,083
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨497
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨435
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨449
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨57,014
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.49
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨6,793
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨147
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 628 prices entered by 67 different people.
Latest price update: June 18, 2018.

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