Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨362
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨580
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨240
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨95
12 eggs, large ₨117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨67
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨554
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨47
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨234
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨2,627
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨118
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨99,007
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨36,103
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨12,108
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨37,125
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨36,606
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨8,136
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨2,742
40” flat screen TV ₨48,892
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,783
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨520
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨538
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨4,279
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨4,985
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨8,044
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,733
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,797,480
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨67
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,878
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨436
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨179
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨371
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨796
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨406
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨245
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨270
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨180
Tube of toothpaste ₨163
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨480
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨670
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,019
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,505
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,933
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨487
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨423
iPod nano 16GB ₨28,491
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.54
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,638
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨178
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,254 prices entered by 123 different people.
Latest price update: July 28, 2016.

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