Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨357
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨551
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨207
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨92
12 eggs, large ₨116
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨581
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨119
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 ₨1,855
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨114
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨43
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨46,986
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨33,893
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨9,609
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨40,179
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨23,974
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,705
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,813
40” flat screen TV ₨43,180
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,206
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨480
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨448
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,803
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) ₨7,444
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,451
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,860,020
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨70
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,956
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨364
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨202
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨370
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨885
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨493
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨433
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨304
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨159
Tube of toothpaste ₨127
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨531
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,596
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,150
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,182
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,614
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨670
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨354
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨416
iPod nano 16GB ₨20,839
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.23
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,655
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨174
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,630 prices entered by 130 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2017.

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