Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨340
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨546
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨204
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨91
12 eggs, large ₨119
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨546
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨118
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨256
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,899
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨113
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨44
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨51,197
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨33,912
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨11,931
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨43,958
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨25,935
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,449
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,932
40” flat screen TV ₨44,816
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,865
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨516
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨448
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,552
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨5,164
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,757
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,130
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,778,080
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨69
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,032
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨373
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨195
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨370
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨906
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨493
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨403
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨309
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨159
Tube of toothpaste ₨128
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨580
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,498
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,112
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,910
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,169
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨670
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨380
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨416
iPod nano 16GB ₨19,103
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.32
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨8,406
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨166
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,567 prices entered by 126 different people.
Latest price update: February 19, 2017.

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