Cost of living in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 15,784 ₮
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 11,888 ₮
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5,563 ₮
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,548 ₮
12 eggs, large 3,784 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,625 ₮
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10,536 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 6,439 ₮
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,068 ₮
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,046 ₮
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29,433 ₮
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,690 ₮
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,200 ₮
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,125,000 ₮
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 959,353 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 167,540 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 961,611 ₮
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 550,006 ₮
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 96,383 ₮
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 33,453 ₮
40” flat screen TV 839,172 ₮
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 262,680 ₮
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17,205 ₮
Hourly rate for cleaning help 12,221 ₮
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 89,234 ₮
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 99,985 ₮
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 226,569 ₮
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 257,317 ₮
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 43,060,100 ₮
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,674 ₮
Monthly ticket public transport 30,000 ₮
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 12,068 ₮
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18,153 ₮
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 11,462 ₮
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 49,655 ₮
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 8,405 ₮
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,613 ₮
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9,677 ₮
4 rolls of toilet paper 4,242 ₮
Tube of toothpaste 4,197 ₮
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 18,221 ₮
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36,686 ₮
2 tickets to the movies 13,262 ₮
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 57,500 ₮
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 71,976 ₮
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15,538 ₮
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,533 ₮
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,838 ₮
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,659,610 ₮
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 205,754 ₮
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 4,102 ₮
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 150 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2018.

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