Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 170,316 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 79,978 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 325 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 473 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 149 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 70 Afghani
12 eggs, large 84 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 40 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 132 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 60 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,500 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 46 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 34 Afghani
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 58,494 Afghani
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 39,265 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 8,182 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 42,238 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 30,529 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 6,909 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 8,817 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 21,873 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 11,283 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 785 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Afghani
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,131 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,569 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 4,064 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,073 Afghani
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 541,733 Afghani
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 46 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 3,000 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 150 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 250 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 125 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 177 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 275 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 80 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 100 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 150 Afghani
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 962 Afghani
2 tickets to the movies 464 Afghani
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,000 Afghani
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,500 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) 3.71 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 8,116 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 162 Afghani

Map of Cost of Living in Afghanistan

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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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