Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Islamabad

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨507,509
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨290,439
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Islamabad
Current as of May 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨623
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨706
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨431
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨220
12 eggs, large ₨254
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨203
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨390
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨320
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨106
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨777
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨3,685
2 liters of coca-cola ₨230
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨119
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨289,184
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨145,126
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨30,190
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨85,513
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨68,040
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨22,303
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨1,526
40” flat screen tv ₨36,219
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨18,970
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨1,677
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨6,547
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨4,918
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨9,510
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨21,763
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨7,350
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨4,797,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨230
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,628
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨647
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨215
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨418
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,273
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨589
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨372
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨291
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨163
Tube of toothpaste ₨187
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨1,350
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,419
2 tickets to the movies ₨859
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,662
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,194
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨431
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨356
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨414
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨97,565
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨21
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨2,459
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨436
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 213 prices entered by 44 different people.
Latest price update: May 21, 2024

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