Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨1,146
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨667
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨224
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨108
12 eggs, large ₨122
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨74
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨649
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨177
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨47
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨245
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,131
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨125
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨65,320
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨36,823
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,796
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨39,595
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨22,484
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨9,295
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨3,491
40” flat screen TV ₨53,795
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨13,117
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨610
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨252
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,198
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,797
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,711
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,348
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,139,550
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨76
Monthly ticket public transport ₨3,265
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨584
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨137
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨425
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,536
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨508
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨276
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨320
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨251
Tube of toothpaste ₨131
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨820
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,959
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,337
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,880
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,603
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,097
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨392
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨484
iPod nano 16GB ₨20,399
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.22
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨7,407
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨159
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 2,875 prices entered by 330 different people.
Latest price update: February 14, 2016.

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