Cost of living in Manila, Philippines

Summary of cost of living in Manila

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Php156,238
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Php89,511
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 50% of cities in Asia (11 out of 22)
  • Cost of living in Manila is cheaper than in 89% of cities in the World (202 out of 228)
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List of prices in Manila
Current as of Jun 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Php238
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Php206
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Php129
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Php97
12 eggs, large Php135
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Php88
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Php193
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Php161
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Php106
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Php68
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Php514
2 liters of coca-cola Php112
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Php71
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Php91,367
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Php43,739
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Php5,475
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Php30,861
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Php17,170
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Php2,665
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Php2,052
40” flat screen tv Php14,168
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Php4,562
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Php258
Hourly rate for cleaning help Php423
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Php2,266
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Php1,673
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Php4,031
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Php3,871
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Php1,196,410
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Php76
Monthly ticket public transport Php689
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Php156
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Php247
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Php463
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Php982
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Php221
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Php135
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Php176
4 rolls of toilet paper Php88
Tube of toothpaste Php85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Php439
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Php1,465
2 tickets to the movies Php691
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 Php1,615
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Php347
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Php170
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Php76
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 Php2,823
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Php147
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 435 prices entered by 127 different people.
Latest price update: June 08, 2023

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