Cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan

Summary of cost of living in Karachi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨215,972
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨92,925
  • 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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List of prices in Karachi, Pakistan. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨504
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨614
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨259
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨113
12 eggs, large ₨118
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨99
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨600
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨160
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨42
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨233
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,542
2 liters of coca-cola ₨126
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨48
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨65,262
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨40,576
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,269
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨40,345
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨27,806
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨5,114
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨2,378
40” flat screen tv ₨42,823
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,870
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨581
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨977
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨3,988
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨6,240
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨10,079
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨6,435
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨2,465,890
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨114
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,808
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨394
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨203
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨477
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨2,077
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨529
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨289
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨294
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨149
Tube of toothpaste ₨152
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨590
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,480
2 tickets to the movies ₨1,568
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨3,844
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨3,898
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨456
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨345
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨506
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨68,950
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨7
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨5,797
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨259
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 885 prices entered by 218 different people.
Latest price update: August 08, 2020

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