Cost of living in Medan, Indonesia

Summary of cost of living in Medan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Rp 26,842,573
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Rp 11,540,686
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Medan, Indonesia. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Rp 41,204
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Rp 45,424
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Rp 18,373
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Rp 20,787
12 eggs, large Rp 18,234
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Rp 8,819
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Rp 49,397
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Rp 33,413
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Rp 12,110
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Rp 28,153
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Rp 666,667
2 liters of coca-cola Rp 15,467
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Rp 19,433
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Rp 7,596,120
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Rp 5,696,360
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Rp 616,127
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Rp 4,832,880
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Rp 2,275,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Rp 304,721
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Rp 217,917
40” flat screen tv Rp 5,794,100
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Rp 2,104,570
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Rp 71,562
Hourly rate for cleaning help Rp 76,191
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Rp 670,692
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Rp 510,988
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Rp 1,133,240
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Rp 794,732
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Rp 448,980,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Rp 8,180
Monthly ticket public transport Rp 296,472
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Rp 59,923
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Rp 28,136
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Rp 61,784
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Rp 250,890
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Rp 36,234
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Rp 22,214
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Rp 39,424
4 rolls of toilet paper Rp 13,434
Tube of toothpaste Rp 12,619
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Rp 54,368
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Rp 210,559
2 tickets to the movies Rp 102,150
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Rp 300,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Rp 307,603
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Rp 133,388
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Rp 40,482
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Rp 66,290
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Rp 7,152,800
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Rp 1,667
1 month of gym membership in business district Rp 508,220
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Rp 17,817
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 59 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 13, 2020

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