Cost of living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Summary of cost of living in Riyadh

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 12,741
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ﷼‎ 6,707
  • 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 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 33
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ﷼‎ 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 4.87
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 4.09
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of coca-cola ﷼‎ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 2.33
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ﷼‎ 6,643
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ﷼‎ 2,736
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 1,541
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ﷼‎ 3,727
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ﷼‎ 2,375
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ﷼‎ 787
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 156
40” flat screen tv ﷼‎ 1,001
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 380
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 23
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 117
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 131
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 315
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 298
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 80,164
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 1.59
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 174
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ﷼‎ 44
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 55
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 125
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ﷼‎ 10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 17
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 8
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 25
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 79
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 101
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 393
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 181
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ﷼‎ 1,658
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 0.45
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 272
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 25
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 464 prices entered by 82 different people.
Latest price update: April 13, 2021

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