Cost of living in Singapore

Summary of cost of living in Singapore

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: SGD $7,494
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: SGD $4,268
  • Singapore is the 2nd most expensive city in Asia (2 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Singapore is more expensive than in 89% of cities in the World (23 out of 198)

List of prices in Singapore. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district SGD $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) SGD $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast SGD $5.49
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk SGD $2.99
12 eggs, large SGD $3.49
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes SGD $3.41
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese SGD $16
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples SGD $4.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes SGD $2.55
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket SGD $4.98
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality SGD $31
2 liters of coca-cola SGD $2.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day SGD $2.20
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area SGD $3,570
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area SGD $2,600
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat SGD $156
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area SGD $2,879
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area SGD $1,772
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio SGD $94
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) SGD $43
40” flat screen tv SGD $658
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) SGD $186
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) SGD $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help SGD $18
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) SGD $109
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) SGD $50
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) SGD $132
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes SGD $190
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new SGD $118,218
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas SGD $2.19
Monthly ticket public transport SGD $97
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) SGD $13
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) SGD $11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) SGD $13
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) SGD $57
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) SGD $10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) SGD $5.79
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) SGD $8
4 rolls of toilet paper SGD $3.44
Tube of toothpaste SGD $4.21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city SGD $30
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub SGD $49
2 tickets to the movies SGD $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) SGD $339
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert SGD $147
1 cocktail drink in downtown club SGD $21
Cappuccino in expat area of the city SGD $6
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) SGD $11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb SGD $762
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) SGD $0.31
1 month of gym membership in business district SGD $153
1 package of marlboro cigarettes SGD $14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 758 prices entered by 169 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2021

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Singapore position in our World Ranking

the world
23rd
out of 198
asia
2nd
out of 16

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

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