Cost of living in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 56,637
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Rp 44,331
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 20,467
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 15,404
12 eggs, large Rp 24,748
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 15,554
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 49,706
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 40,258
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 15,971
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 30,216
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 255,861
2 liters of Coca-Cola Rp 14,776
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 6,212,820
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Rp 3,439,370
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Rp 788,507
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Rp 299,672
40” flat screen TV Rp 7,982,520
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,405,420
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 38,800
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 52,607
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Rp 618,270
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Rp 683,916
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,100,350
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 1,039,250
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 410,735,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 8,146
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 327,581
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 57,892
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 39,921
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 24,744
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 34,799
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 13,858
Tube of toothpaste Rp 13,799
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 78,473
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 324,084
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 748,922
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 112,410
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 47,530
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 59,819
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Rp 11,141,100
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 2,662
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 452,956
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Rp 23,814
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 265 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: October 21, 2018.

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