Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨409
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨557
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨234
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨94
12 eggs, large ₨117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨64
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨692
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨154
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨240
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,975
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨123
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨53,344
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨34,308
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,807
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨43,869
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨24,682
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,378
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,718
40” flat screen TV ₨46,829
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,788
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨594
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨449
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,686
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨5,067
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨8,265
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,306
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,889,420
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨70
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,175
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨426
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨172
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨435
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,014
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨333
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨408
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨292
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨109
Tube of toothpaste ₨141
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨737
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,518
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,072
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,915
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,684
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨811
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨576
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨505
iPod nano 16GB ₨23,154
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.04
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,693
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨173
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,520 prices entered by 123 different people.
Latest price update: December 06, 2016.

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