Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php123,987
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php61,683
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 64% of countries in Asia (7 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 65% of countries in the World (49 out of 75)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php266
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php167
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php112
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php83
12 eggs, large Php100
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php77
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php184
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php148
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php400
2 liters of coca-cola Php84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php58
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php53,968
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php27,722
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,694
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php35,003
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php18,084
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,692
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,671
40” flat screen tv Php15,761
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php6,329
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php293
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php243
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,385
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,355
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,126
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,294
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,190,930
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php49
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,493
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php280
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php977
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php559
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php255
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php141
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php163
4 rolls of toilet paper Php88
Tube of toothpaste Php85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php305
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php914
2 tickets to the movies Php529
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php6,140
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,903
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php231
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php158
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php85
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php25,570
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,779
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php116

Map of Cost of Living in Philippines

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This map shows only the top cities in Philippines. 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 Philippines

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Juan, La Union 152
2nd Manila 95
3rd General Santos City 90
4th San Fernando, La Union 78
5th Davao 69

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.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php119 (3 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Manila costs Php6,000 (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Manila costs Php3,600 (6 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Manila costs Php305,000 (9 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php216 (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Manila costs Php21 (10 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Lipa City costs Php250 (10 days ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Lipa City costs Php99 (10 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Lipa City costs Php170 (10 days ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Lipa City costs Php85 (10 days ago)