Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨953
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨672
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨256
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨122
12 eggs, large ₨125
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨86
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨492
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨154
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨319
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,295
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨118
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨59
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨62,082
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨43,866
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,687
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨46,999
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨33,273
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨8,692
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,310
40” flat screen TV ₨37,331
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨9,949
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨447
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨604
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,280
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨5,452
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,856
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨6,797
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,665,240
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨86
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,194
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨587
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨199
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨410
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,067
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.) ₨410
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨127
Tube of toothpaste ₨124
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨754
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,541
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,104
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,938
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,143
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨497
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨423
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨479
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨55,670
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨105
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,696
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨161
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 967 prices entered by 80 different people.
Latest price update: October 19, 2018.

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