Cost of living in Afghanistan

Summary of cost of living in Afghanistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 179,742 Afghani
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 105,961 Afghani
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 150 Afghani
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 300 Afghani
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 130 Afghani
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 40 Afghani
12 eggs, large 108 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 25 Afghani
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 75 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 50 Afghani
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 Afghani
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 276 Afghani
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,250 Afghani
2 liters of coca-cola 120 Afghani
Bread for 2 people for 1 day -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,000 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,000 Afghani
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 10,000 Afghani
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,000 Afghani
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,500 Afghani
40” flat screen tv 34,029 Afghani
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,818 Afghani
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,000 Afghani
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 500 Afghani
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 700 Afghani
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 5,000 Afghani
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,500 Afghani
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 78 Afghani
Monthly ticket public transport 2,054 Afghani
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 69 Afghani
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 400 Afghani
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 250 Afghani
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 192 Afghani
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 290 Afghani
4 rolls of toilet paper 80 Afghani
Tube of toothpaste 90 Afghani
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 Afghani
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub -
2 tickets to the movies -
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 -
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 900 Afghani
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 800 Afghani
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 200 Afghani
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.60 Afghani
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,000 Afghani
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 200 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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