Cost of living in Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary of cost of living in Kathmandu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨ 227,879
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨ 96,855
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List of prices in Kathmandu, Nepal. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨ 624
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨ 490
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨ 318
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨ 97
12 eggs, large ₨ 173
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨ 79
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨ 664
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨ 215
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨ 52
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨ 278
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨ 1,110
2 liters of coca-cola ₨ 206
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨ 64
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨ 73,083
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨ 33,060
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨ 7,147
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨ 60,592
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨ 34,114
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨ 4,631
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨ 1,508
40” flat screen tv ₨ 59,356
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨ 20,222
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨ 692
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨ 374
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨ 4,045
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨ 4,689
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨ 10,026
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨ 6,384
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨ 3,812,330
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨ 110
Monthly ticket public transport ₨ 1,653
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨ 1,112
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨ 195
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨ 598
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨ 3,847
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨ 298
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨ 480
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨ 402
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨ 186
Tube of toothpaste ₨ 115
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨ 384
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨ 1,816
2 tickets to the movies ₨ 766
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨ 8,081
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨ 2,885
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨ 1,611
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨ 333
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨ 466
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨ 73,600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨ 3.79
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨ 3,240
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨ 343
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 700 prices entered by 69 different people.
Latest price update: February 17, 2020

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