Cost of living in Thimphu, Bhutan

Summary of cost of living in Thimphu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 138,223 Ngultrum
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 56,631 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 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 467 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 59 Ngultrum
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 208 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 138 Ngultrum
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 35 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 29 Ngultrum
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 37,718 Ngultrum
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 21,622 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 32,064 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 4,439 Ngultrum
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,832 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 Update prices
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 3,416 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 66 Ngultrum
Monthly ticket public transport 2,293 Ngultrum
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
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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) 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 102 Ngultrum
Tube of toothpaste 53 Ngultrum
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 Ngultrum
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,615 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 less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 30, 2021

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