Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨789
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨606
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨226
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨109
12 eggs, large ₨120
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨81
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨364
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨138
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨43
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨314
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,234
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨110
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨54
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨63,458
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨39,256
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨11,925
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨44,253
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨33,310
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨10,085
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,296
40” flat screen TV ₨39,824
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,883
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨619
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨685
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,253
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,606
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,052
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,222
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,756,720
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨78
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,325
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨586
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨208
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨343
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,148
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨409
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨251
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨331
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨147
Tube of toothpaste ₨107
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨427
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,725
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,219
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,029
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,394
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,041
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨412
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨469
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨59,533
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.00
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨7,346
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨146
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 485 prices entered by 67 different people.
Latest price update: April 22, 2018.

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