Cost of living in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 52,663
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Rp 46,089
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 22,472
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 16,159
12 eggs, large Rp 24,559
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 13,361
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 52,641
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 37,810
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 15,399
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 31,118
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 255,861
2 liters of Coca-Cola Rp 14,883
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Rp 16,861
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Rp 7,654,760
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Rp 3,384,450
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Rp 837,751
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Rp 6,871,560
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Rp 3,347,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Rp 788,507
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Rp 293,724
40” flat screen TV Rp 8,477,760
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,405,420
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 38,142
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 52,607
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Rp 640,124
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Rp 660,625
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,045,980
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 1,059,080
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 380,556,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 7,961
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 328,961
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 56,169
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 39,580
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Rp 66,637
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Rp 950,261
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Rp 32,622
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Rp 24,448
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 33,103
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 12,544
Tube of toothpaste Rp 13,776
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 65,550
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 292,782
2 tickets to the movies Rp 91,700
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Rp 598,204
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Rp 834,858
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 107,935
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 45,474
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 56,990
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Rp 11,689,600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 2,662
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 436,999
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Rp 23,264
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 247 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: August 14, 2018.

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