Cost of living in Thimphu, Bhutan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 483 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 313 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 145 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 69 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 129 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 50 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 171 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 124 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 34 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 62 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 675 Ngultrum
2 liters of Coca-Cola 84 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 29 Ngultrum
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 36,349 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,682 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,575 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 30,852 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 17,557 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 4,174 Ngultrum
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 917 Ngultrum
40” flat screen TV 40,146 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 9,646 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 325 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Ngultrum
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,942 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,134 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,141 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,226 Ngultrum
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,607,020 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 64 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 2,578 Ngultrum
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 55 Ngultrum
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 80 Ngultrum
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 3,000 Ngultrum
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 331 Ngultrum
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 364 Ngultrum
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 340 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 104 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 54 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 150 Ngultrum
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,487 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 502 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 825 Ngultrum
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,507 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 838 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 179 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 108 Ngultrum
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 45,000 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.36 Ngultrum
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,630 Ngultrum
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 332 Ngultrum
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 139 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: July 10, 2018.

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