Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨493
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨582
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨199
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨92
12 eggs, large ₨143
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨51
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨398
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨121
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨250
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,546
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨126
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨50
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨54,173
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨45,992
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨9,516
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨28,341
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨14,137
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,710
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨2,090
40” flat screen TV ₨47,358
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨25,387
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨484
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨277
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨3,047
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨6,031
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,667
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨3,858
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,917,440
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨71
Monthly ticket public transport ₨3,124
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨813
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨299
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨386
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,119
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨508
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨276
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨404
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨252
Tube of toothpaste ₨135
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨946
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨2,566
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,448
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,802
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,935
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨985
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨357
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨450
iPod nano 16GB ₨20,399
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.67
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,180
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨186
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 823 prices entered by 100 different people.
Latest price update: May 06, 2016.

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