Cost of living in Thimphu, Bhutan

Summary of cost of living in Thimphu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 135,830 Ngultrum
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 56,258 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.

List of prices in Thimphu
Current as of Nov 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 500 Ngultrum
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 421 Ngultrum
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 199 Ngultrum
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 68 Ngultrum
12 eggs, large 147 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 66 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 271 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 138 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 33 Ngultrum
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 71 Ngultrum
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 874 Ngultrum
2 liters of coca-cola 83 Ngultrum
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 29 Ngultrum
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 38,750 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 20,679 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,914 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 32,195 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 19,694 Ngultrum
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,439 Ngultrum
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 954 Ngultrum
40” flat screen tv 40,280 Ngultrum
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 8,558 Ngultrum
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 343 Ngultrum
Hourly rate for cleaning help 324 Ngultrum
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,779 Ngultrum
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,096 Ngultrum
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,081 Ngultrum
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,194 Ngultrum
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,531,360 Ngultrum
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 63 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 2,293 Ngultrum
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 421 Ngultrum
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 118 Ngultrum
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 294 Ngultrum
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,498 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.) 309 Ngultrum
4 rolls of toilet paper 107 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 55 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 Ngultrum
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,515 Ngultrum
2 tickets to the movies 472 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 2,274 Ngultrum
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 726 Ngultrum
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 225 Ngultrum
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 104 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 2,361 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 46 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 29, 2022

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