Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 151,331 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 66,061 Afghani
  • 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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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 469 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 424 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 159 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 74 Afghani
12 eggs, large 78 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 45 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 249 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 50 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 28 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,334 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 83 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 53 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 45,520 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 29,666 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,725 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 31,512 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 24,914 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 5,725 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,668 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 26,034 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 9,908 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 699 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Afghani
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,292 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 3,561 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,791 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,492 Afghani
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 824,196 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 37 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 2,392 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 150 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 451 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 533 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 160 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 349 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 79 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 141 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 273 Afghani
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 778 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 532 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,500 Afghani
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,299 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 907 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 200 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500 Afghani
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 28,088 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.48 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 8,387 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 170 Afghani

Map of Cost of Living in Afghanistan


This map shows only the top cities in Afghanistan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

List of all cities available in Afghanistan


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