Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php147,232
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php74,482
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 56% of countries in Asia (9 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Philippines is cheaper than in 69% of countries in the World (61 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php228
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php181
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php114
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php88
12 eggs, large Php128
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php93
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php176
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php149
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php111
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php519
2 liters of coca-cola Php86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php64
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php63,676
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php37,229
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php6,496
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php31,558
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php15,545
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php4,091
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,948
40” flat screen tv Php14,276
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,781
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php394
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php3,019
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,538
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,430
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,847
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,401
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,267,040
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php68
Monthly ticket public transport Php691
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php301
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php679
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php1,761
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php191
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php198
4 rolls of toilet paper Php143
Tube of toothpaste Php77
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php306
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,451
2 tickets to the movies Php603
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php3,775
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,566
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php315
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php145
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php84
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php14,492
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,479
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php134

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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:
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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 108
2nd Manila 92
3rd Davao 66

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 Php135 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Manila costs Php10,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Manila costs Php80 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Manila costs Php82 (5 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manila costs Php135 (9 days ago)

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