Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨458
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨574
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨244
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨93
12 eggs, large ₨110
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨51
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨414
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨127
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨238
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,057
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨133
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨43
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨41,541
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨34,001
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨7,026
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨27,019
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨16,958
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,322
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨2,194
40” flat screen TV ₨52,499
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨17,263
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨588
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨245
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,961
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨5,305
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨8,305
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨4,162
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,296,320
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨69
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,560
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨585
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨170
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨395
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨869
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨420
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨298
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨352
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨202
Tube of toothpaste ₨201
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨714
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,341
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,385
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,999
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,480
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨2,033
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨708
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨534
iPod nano 16GB ₨47,308
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.60
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,322
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨207
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,020 prices entered by 109 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2016.

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