Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php115,760
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php56,525
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 57% of countries in Asia (8 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 69% of countries in the World (55 out of 80)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php275
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php177
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php112
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php86
12 eggs, large Php107
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php205
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php154
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php97
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php63
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php403
2 liters of coca-cola Php85
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php62
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php47,675
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php26,068
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,335
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php30,598
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php17,484
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,429
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,628
40” flat screen tv Php13,104
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,856
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php283
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php260
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,272
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,330
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,611
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,052
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php945,687
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php48
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,563
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php198
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php744
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php567
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php305
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php145
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php155
4 rolls of toilet paper Php85
Tube of toothpaste Php86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php309
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php887
2 tickets to the movies Php501
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,958
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,245
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php249
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php162
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php87
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php19,345
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,674
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 155
2nd Manila 97
3rd General Santos City 93
4th San Fernando, La Union 79
5th Davao 71

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

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Manila costs Php240,000 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Manila costs Php10,000 (10 days ago)