Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php143,894
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php74,450
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Manila
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php210
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php227
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php148
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php124
12 eggs, large Php131
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php108
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php191
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php144
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php136
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php67
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php605
2 liters of coca-cola Php103
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php58
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php62,103
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php39,277
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,620
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php33,191
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php19,561
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php4,800
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,345
40” flat screen tv Php17,194
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,717
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php444
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php667
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php3,153
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,268
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php5,163
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php6,891
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,175,940
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php60
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,740
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php328
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php274
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php442
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php926
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php213
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php176
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php185
4 rolls of toilet paper Php102
Tube of toothpaste Php97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php422
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,101
2 tickets to the movies Php711
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,816
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,439
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php352
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php182
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php94
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php29,517
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,374
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php156
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 259 prices entered by 94 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2024

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