Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 146,123 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 48,454 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 865 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 590 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 234 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 73 Afghani
12 eggs, large 120 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 46 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 185 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 89 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 31 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 276 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,600 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 66 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 39 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 20,316 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,458 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,772 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 20,000 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 12,000 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 7,697 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 8,184 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 22,863 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,818 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 292 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,669 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,327 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,768 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,295 Afghani
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,814,390 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 74 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 2,054 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 359 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 515 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 192 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 269 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 61 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 119 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 247 Afghani
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 538 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 438 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,231 Afghani
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,993 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 677 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 189 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 200 Afghani
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 30,034 Afghani
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.65 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,174 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 273 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.

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