Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨203,152
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨86,080
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨523
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨649
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨253
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨112
12 eggs, large ₨123
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨91
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨542
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨176
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨343
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,689
2 liters of coca-cola ₨126
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨57
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨57,838
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨35,712
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨9,607
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨47,413
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨29,910
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨7,677
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,484
40” flat screen tv ₨40,536
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨13,139
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨639
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨649
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,512
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨4,629
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,288
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,465
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,396,090
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨114
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,204
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨235
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨420
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,378
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨473
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨316
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨311
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨219
Tube of toothpaste ₨142
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨451
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,566
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,215
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,430
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,478
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨792
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨369
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨484
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨42,735
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.08
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,960
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨226

Map of Cost of Living in Pakistan

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This map shows only the top cities in Pakistan. 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Pakistan

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Islamabad 53
2nd Lahore 52
3rd Karachi 51
4th Hyderabad, Pakistan 49

Price 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.

Prices recently added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Karachi costs ₨554 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Karachi costs ₨120 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Karachi costs ₨120 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Karachi costs ₨120 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Karachi costs ₨30 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Karachi costs ₨100 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Karachi costs ₨800 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Karachi costs ₨60 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Karachi costs ₨160 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Karachi costs ₨220 (about 7 hours ago)