Cost of living in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 45,743
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Rp 40,880
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 23,416
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 16,826
12 eggs, large Rp 22,940
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 9,736
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 40,768
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 35,644
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 16,633
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 26,570
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 242,500
2 liters of Coca-Cola Rp 14,515
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Rp 13,909
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Rp 6,849,450
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Rp 3,376,010
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Rp 759,670
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Rp 4,773,330
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Rp 2,347,100
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Rp 721,610
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Rp 407,811
40” flat screen TV Rp 7,222,220
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,138,050
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 34,966
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 31,181
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Rp 677,219
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Rp 683,224
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,061,650
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 957,932
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 324,885,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 7,616
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 200,892
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 49,963
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 29,535
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Rp 40,258
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Rp 120,608
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Rp 30,164
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Rp 22,470
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 28,067
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 11,241
Tube of toothpaste Rp 11,370
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 66,233
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 238,645
2 tickets to the movies Rp 95,501
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Rp 180,457
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Rp 788,889
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 96,154
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 44,968
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 47,340
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Rp 8,000,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 2,069
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 362,389
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Rp 21,015
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 194 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: December 14, 2017.

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