Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Karachi

Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨206,334
Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨85,316
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List of prices in Karachi, Pakistan. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨659
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨638
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨265
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨111
12 eggs, large ₨117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨147
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨515
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨174
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨287
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨3,965
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨124
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨49
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨53,500
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨38,855
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,934
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨38,732
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨20,085
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,875
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,338
40” flat screen TV ₨35,792
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,528
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨499
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨1,100
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨1,727
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,473
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨6,468
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,197
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,309,490
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨111
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,808
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨358
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨224
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨520
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,213
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨476
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨239
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨308
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨137
Tube of toothpaste ₨128
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨464
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,311
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,372
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨4,368
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,068
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨415
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨333
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨475
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨68,950
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨7
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,175
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨253
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 1,009 prices entered by 221 different people.
Latest price update: December 08, 2019

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