Cost of living in Medan, Indonesia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 33,027
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Rp 43,807
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 18,646
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 22,119
12 eggs, large Rp 17,158
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 9,016
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 45,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 38,700
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 11,280
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 33,395
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 666,667
2 liters of Coca-Cola Rp 13,509
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Rp 22,285
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Rp 7,892,480
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Rp 12,329,100
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Rp 716,406
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Rp 7,000,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Rp 2,516,130
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Rp 325,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Rp 196,413
40” flat screen TV Rp 5,885,250
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,750,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 60,000
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 76,191
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Rp 683,100
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Rp 454,957
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,162,640
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 772,211
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 445,471,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 7,437
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 365,000
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 56,256
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 57,980
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Rp 44,844
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Rp 275,163
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Rp 28,481
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Rp 22,658
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 46,303
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 10,918
Tube of toothpaste Rp 11,620
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 54,157
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 244,742
2 tickets to the movies Rp 102,855
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Rp 300,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Rp 1,530,840
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 123,936
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 39,174
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 66,537
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Rp 5,900,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 1,667
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 515,679
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Rp 17,332
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 173 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: August 16, 2018.

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