Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Islamabad

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨217,824
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨96,953
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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List of prices in Islamabad, Pakistan. Current as of May 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨799
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨696
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨229
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨121
12 eggs, large ₨128
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨82
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨550
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨188
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨54
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨339
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,568
2 liters of coca-cola ₨129
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨79
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨70,109
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨42,450
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨11,295
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨60,141
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨38,024
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨6,793
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,145
40” flat screen tv ₨43,388
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,418
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨639
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨635
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,088
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨5,091
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,738
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,380
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,179,040
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨108
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,717
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨525
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨115
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨538
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,838
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨386
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨267
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨315
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨254
Tube of toothpaste ₨99
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨521
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,446
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,110
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,623
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,139
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨612
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨415
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨441
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨52,905
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.61
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,132
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨183
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 518 prices entered by 35 different people.
Latest price update: May 28, 2020

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