Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php153,204
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php85,324
  • Cost of living in Manila is more expensive than in 63% of cities in Asia (12 out of 30)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 72% of cities in the World (195 out of 270)
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List of prices in Manila
Current as of Jul 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php231
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php172
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php89
12 eggs, large Php113
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php134
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php154
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php104
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php487
2 liters of coca-cola Php86
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php62
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php82,322
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php43,583
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,915
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php32,616
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php16,351
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,972
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,874
40” flat screen tv Php19,863
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,449
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php325
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php423
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,383
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,412
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php3,951
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,434
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,241,680
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php65
Monthly ticket public transport Php2,058
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php201
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php250
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php545
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php683
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php210
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php140
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php153
4 rolls of toilet paper Php99
Tube of toothpaste Php86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php356
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,147
2 tickets to the movies Php593
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,531
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,271
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php321
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php141
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php97
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php27,159
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php8
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,567
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php136
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 297 prices entered by 105 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2022

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Manila position in our World Ranking

the world
195th
out of 270
asia
12th
out of 30

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