Cost of living in Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary of cost of living in Kathmandu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨ 208,852
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨ 80,571
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List of prices in Kathmandu, Nepal. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 604
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨ 819
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 285
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 93
12 eggs, large ₨ 199
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 79
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 590
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 216
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 228
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,414
2 liters of coca-cola ₨ 203
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 65
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨ 49,535
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨ 27,574
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 6,788
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨ 41,762
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨ 28,678
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨ 5,038
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨ 1,232
40” flat screen tv ₨ 50,310
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 19,028
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 793
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 376
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨ 4,120
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨ 4,862
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 9,198
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 6,361
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 4,036,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 107
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 1,409
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨ 765
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 183
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 530
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 2,529
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨ 315
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 298
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 336
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 145
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 106
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 430
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 1,652
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 767
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 2,384
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 2,940
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 1,115
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 273
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 494
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨ 81,106
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 3.95
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 2,216
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨ 279
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 394 prices entered by 75 different people.
Latest price update: February 27, 2021

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