Cost of living in Thimphu, Bhutan

Summary of cost of living in Thimphu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 130,778 Ngultrum
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 52,301 Ngultrum
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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List of prices in Thimphu, Bhutan. Current as of Nov 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 416 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 327 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 160 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 72 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 141 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 56 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 199 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 138 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 34 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 66 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 864 Ngultrum
2 liters of coca-cola 85 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 25 Ngultrum
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 33,397 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 19,953 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,463 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 26,426 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 18,456 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,153 Ngultrum
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,094 Ngultrum
40” flat screen tv 41,226 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 9,656 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 336 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help 324 Ngultrum
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,182 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,110 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,165 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,295 Ngultrum
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,531,360 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 66 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 2,293 Ngultrum
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 315 Ngultrum
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 84 Ngultrum
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 500 Ngultrum
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,000 Ngultrum
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 261 Ngultrum
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 198 Ngultrum
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 285 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 99 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 53 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 202 Ngultrum
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,340 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 480 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,699 Ngultrum
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,326 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 688 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 167 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 Ngultrum
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 57,943 Ngultrum
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.70 Ngultrum
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,763 Ngultrum
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 331 Ngultrum
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 60 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 23, 2020

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