Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php131,442
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php70,144
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 57% of cities in Asia (12 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 77% of cities in the World (218 out of 282)

List of prices in Manila, Philippines. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php262
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php164
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php95
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php87
12 eggs, large Php90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php208
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php90
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php54
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php554
2 liters of coca-cola Php90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php45
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php64,299
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php34,182
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,384
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php35,635
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php15,419
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,005
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,622
40” flat screen tv Php19,889
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,699
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php321
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php806
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,865
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,712
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,414
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php2,992
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,268,880
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php53
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,217
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php293
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php180
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php543
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php782
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php202
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php113
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php180
4 rolls of toilet paper Php53
Tube of toothpaste Php84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php249
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,007
2 tickets to the movies Php562
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,133
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,674
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php378
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php164
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php68
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php26,794
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,370
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php89
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,048 prices entered by 135 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2020

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218th
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asia
12th
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