Cost of living in Hong Kong

Summary of cost of living in Hong Kong

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: HK$60,321
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: HK$43,790
  • Hong Kong is the most expensive country in Asia (1 out of 12)
  • Hong Kong is the 3rd most expensive country in the World (3 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district HK$78
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) HK$38
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast HK$44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk HK$23
12 eggs, large HK$29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes HK$22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese HK$92
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples HK$24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes HK$17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket HK$17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality HK$230
2 liters of coca-cola HK$15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day HK$19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area HK$42,306
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area HK$31,492
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat HK$1,664
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area HK$23,566
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area HK$15,226
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio HK$1,385
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) HK$142
40” flat screen tv HK$5,312
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) HK$1,366
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) HK$69
Hourly rate for cleaning help HK$94
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) HK$704
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) HK$314
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) HK$728
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes HK$1,295
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new HK$243,567
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas HK$17
Monthly ticket public transport HK$613
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) HK$49
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) HK$132
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) HK$463
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) HK$59
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) HK$39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) HK$53
4 rolls of toilet paper HK$18
Tube of toothpaste HK$21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city HK$265
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub HK$359
2 tickets to the movies HK$186
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) HK$1,027
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert HK$866
1 cocktail drink in downtown club HK$101
Cappuccino in expat area of the city HK$46
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) HK$69
Ipad wi-fi 128gb HK$3,416
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) HK$1.21
1 month of gym membership in business district HK$893
1 package of marlboro cigarettes HK$62

Map of Cost of Living in Hong Kong

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This map shows only the top cities in Hong Kong. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Hong Kong costs HK$28,462 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Hong Kong costs HK$300 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Hong Kong costs HK$200 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Hong Kong costs HK$40,660 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Hong Kong costs HK$60 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Hong Kong costs HK$100 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Hong Kong costs HK$750 (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Hong Kong costs HK$45 (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Hong Kong costs HK$75 (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Hong Kong costs HK$140 (4 days ago)