Cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Islamabad

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨395,642
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨211,911
  • 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 Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨1,494
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨1,174
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨321
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨203
12 eggs, large ₨249
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨160
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨1,052
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨283
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨110
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨358
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨3,239
2 liters of coca-cola ₨221
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨190
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨182,453
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨111,778
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨18,920
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨120,078
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨74,815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨13,627
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨3,593
40” flat screen tv ₨45,012
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨27,507
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨1,105
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨2,175
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨3,053
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨5,243
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨12,036
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨14,488
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,499,020
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨273
Monthly ticket public transport ₨2,717
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨1,170
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨180
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨741
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨3,259
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨440
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨293
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨345
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨296
Tube of toothpaste ₨113
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨436
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨2,339
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,146
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨2,280
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨4,303
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨603
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨336
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨484
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨52,905
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨21
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨3,226
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨220
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 173 prices entered by 40 different people.
Latest price update: February 05, 2023

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