Cost of living in Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Philippines

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php122,149
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php54,335
  • 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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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php214
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php200
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php136
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php115
12 eggs, large Php108
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php89
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php174
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php174
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php122
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php382
2 liters of coca-cola Php86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php48
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php35,213
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php28,924
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,455
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php22,895
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php15,317
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,886
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,187
40” flat screen tv Php20,746
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,802
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php446
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php889
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,286
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,402
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,216
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,829
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,319,830
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php59
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,354
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php228
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php636
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php1,616
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php255
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php182
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php214
4 rolls of toilet paper Php90
Tube of toothpaste Php93
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php309
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php691
2 tickets to the movies Php555
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php4,964
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,492
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php387
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php169
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php127
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php35,199
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php10
1 month of gym membership in business district Php1,481
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php155

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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.

Prices recently added

  • Public transport in Cebu City costs Php3,150 (9 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Baguio City costs Php180 (10 days ago)

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