Cost of living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Summary of cost of living in Riyadh

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 10,724
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 4,768
  • Cost of living in Riyadh is cheaper than in 62% of cities in Middle East (13 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Riyadh is cheaper than in 61% of cities in the World (173 out of 282)

List of prices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 60
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ﷼‎ 23
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 5.09
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 5.23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of coca-cola ﷼‎ 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 1.94
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ﷼‎ 3,359
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ﷼‎ 2,168
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 515
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ﷼‎ 2,542
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ﷼‎ 1,762
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ﷼‎ 380
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 194
40” flat screen tv ﷼‎ 1,263
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 413
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 38
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 41
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 298
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 193
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 377
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 368
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 72,701
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 1.46
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 149
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ﷼‎ 27
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 52
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 186
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ﷼‎ 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 16
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 8
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 19
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 130
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 212
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 277
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ﷼‎ 1,756
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 0.55
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 371
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 26
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 599 prices entered by 63 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2020

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Riyadh position in our World Ranking

the world
173rd
out of 282
middle east
13th
out of 21

Cheapest and most expensive products in Riyadh compared to other cities:

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