Cost of living in Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Pakistan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨204,766
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨87,319
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨517
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨639
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨226
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨112
12 eggs, large ₨123
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨551
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨172
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨328
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,550
2 liters of coca-cola ₨125
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨59
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨59,946
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨36,367
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨10,355
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨45,495
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨29,200
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨7,819
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,565
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.) ₨729
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨376
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,792
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨4,513
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨7,799
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,486
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,579,310
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) ₨237
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨417
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,307
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨438
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨358
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨336
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨225
Tube of toothpaste ₨146
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨414
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,567
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,265
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,140
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,550
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨734
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨387
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨460
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨40,267
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.18
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,661
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨233

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 Lahore 48
2nd Karachi 46
3rd Hyderabad, Pakistan 45

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

  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Karachi costs ₨120 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Islamabad costs ₨80 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Islamabad costs ₨80 (3 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Islamabad costs ₨150 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Islamabad costs ₨120 (3 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Islamabad costs ₨200 (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Karachi costs ₨40 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Islamabad costs ₨100 (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Islamabad costs ₨4,000 (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Islamabad costs ₨400 (4 days ago)

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