Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨321,035
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨125,271
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨935
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨835
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨244
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨131
12 eggs, large ₨195
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨142
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨1,044
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨216
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨76
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨360
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,837
2 liters of coca-cola ₨184
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨106
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨70,512
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨47,563
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨17,314
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨65,168
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨65,247
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨15,341
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,350
40” flat screen tv ₨55,664
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨27,942
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨893
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨1,213
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨4,034
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨6,547
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨17,795
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨7,714
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨4,022,260
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨183
Monthly ticket public transport ₨6,150
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨274
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨477
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,980
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨1,042
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨601
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨585
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨389
Tube of toothpaste ₨264
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨673
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨3,191
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,792
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,711
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨7,292
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨2,722
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨898
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨494
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨120,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.54
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,438
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨288

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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Karachi costs ₨350 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Karachi costs ₨54 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Karachi costs ₨15,000 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Karachi costs ₨800 (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Karachi costs ₨15,000 (3 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Karachi costs ₨1,000 (3 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Karachi costs ₨300 (3 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Karachi costs ₨300 (3 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Karachi costs ₨400 (3 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Karachi costs ₨2,000 (3 days ago)

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