Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Karachi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨227,828
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨103,018
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List of prices in Karachi, Pakistan. Current as of Dec 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨383
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨601
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨271
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨114
12 eggs, large ₨127
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨95
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨640
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨157
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨49
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨303
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,498
2 liters of coca-cola ₨125
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨66
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨78,793
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨44,759
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨11,477
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨52,939
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨31,371
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨6,958
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,614
40” flat screen tv ₨46,440
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,401
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨557
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨977
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨3,437
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨5,484
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨9,575
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨6,980
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,518,870
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨112
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,720
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨405
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨222
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨508
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,934
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨528
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨242
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨321
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨159
Tube of toothpaste ₨159
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨447
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,486
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,652
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,774
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,173
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨613
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨378
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨495
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨67,580
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨9
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,942
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨285
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 817 prices entered by 219 different people.
Latest price update: December 01, 2020

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