Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,588 (Php131,682)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,380 (Php70,199)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 52% of cities in Asia (11 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 75% of cities in the World (200 out of 267)

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

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Food [Edit]
PHP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php262 ($5.16)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php164 ($3.22)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php95 ($1.86)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php87 ($1.71)
12 eggs, large Php90 ($1.77)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php69 ($1.36)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php208 ($4.08)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php125 ($2.45)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php107 ($2.11)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php54 ($1.07)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php554 ($11)
2 liters of coca-cola Php90 ($1.77)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php45 ($0.88)
Housing [Edit]
PHP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php64,299 ($1,264)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php34,182 ($672)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php4,384 ($86)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php35,635 ($700)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php15,419 ($303)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,005 ($59)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,622 ($32)
40” flat screen tv Php19,889 ($391)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,699 ($92)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php321 ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php806 ($16)
Clothes [Edit]
PHP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,865 ($56)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,712 ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,414 ($87)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php2,992 ($59)
Transportation [Edit]
PHP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,268,880 ($24,936)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php53 ($1.04)
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,217 ($24)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php293 ($5.76)
Personal Care [Edit]
PHP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php180 ($3.55)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php543 ($11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php782 ($15)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php202 ($3.97)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php113 ($2.21)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php180 ($3.53)
4 rolls of toilet paper Php53 ($1.03)
Tube of toothpaste Php84 ($1.65)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php249 ($4.89)
Entertainment [Edit]
PHP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,007 ($20)
2 tickets to the movies Php559 ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,133 ($22)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,674 ($33)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php378 ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php164 ($3.22)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php70 ($1.37)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php26,794 ($527)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7 ($0.15)
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,370 ($47)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php93 ($1.82)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,044 prices entered by 143 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2020

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Manila position in our World Ranking

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200th
out of 267
asia
11th
out of 21

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