Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php133,828
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php72,214
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 50% of cities in Asia (9 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 70% of cities in the World (166 out of 238)

List of prices in Manila, Philippines. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php282
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php166
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php100
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php88
12 eggs, large Php91
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php187
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php165
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php95
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php56
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php447
2 liters of coca-cola Php88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php53
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php70,665
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php32,015
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,823
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php37,332
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php16,270
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,286
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,669
40” flat screen tv Php18,480
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,803
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php330
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php325
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,772
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,551
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,481
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,899
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,178,760
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php52
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,561
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php223
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php180
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php566
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php755
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php217
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php113
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php179
4 rolls of toilet paper Php60
Tube of toothpaste Php81
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php255
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,032
2 tickets to the movies Php573
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,255
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php1,759
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php354
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php180
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php90
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Php26,601
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Php7
1 month of gym membership in business district Php2,223
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php106
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,047 prices entered by 157 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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Manila position in our World Ranking

the world
166th
out of 238
asia
9th
out of 18

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