Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php142,093
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php78,348
  • Cost of living in Manila is more expensive than in 65% of cities in Asia (7 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 70% of cities in the World (140 out of 200)

List of prices in Manila, Philippines. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php279
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php172
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php104
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php87
12 eggs, large Php127
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php171
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php170
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php102
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php420
2 liters of coca-cola Php87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php61
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php76,297
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php37,429
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php6,334
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php36,674
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php19,750
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php3,271
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php1,709
40” flat screen tv Php16,659
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php5,225
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php308
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php227
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php3,009
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,653
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,533
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php4,116
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,159,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php50
Monthly ticket public transport Php1,723
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php239
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php167
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php587
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php780
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php210
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php121
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php174
4 rolls of toilet paper Php69
Tube of toothpaste Php86
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php287
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,095
2 tickets to the movies Php555
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Php1,374
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Php2,005
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php328
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php178
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php93
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 Php2,077
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php116
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 600 prices entered by 183 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2021

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Manila position in our World Ranking

the world
140th
out of 200
asia
7th
out of 17

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