Cost of living in Singapore

Summary of cost of living in Singapore

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: SGD $9,396
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: SGD $5,862
  • Singapore is the 2nd most expensive city in Asia (2 out of 24)
  • Cost of living in Singapore is more expensive than in 94% of cities in the World (14 out of 234)
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List of prices in Singapore
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district SGD $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) SGD $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast SGD $6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk SGD $3.46
12 eggs, large SGD $4.63
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes SGD $3.65
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese SGD $14
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples SGD $5.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes SGD $3.65
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket SGD $5.79
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality SGD $32
2 liters of coca-cola SGD $2.97
Bread for 2 people for 1 day SGD $2.60
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area SGD $5,739
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area SGD $3,383
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat SGD $248
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area SGD $3,159
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area SGD $2,218
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio SGD $137
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) SGD $45
40” flat screen tv SGD $633
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) SGD $210
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) SGD $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help SGD $20
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) SGD $97
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) SGD $53
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) SGD $139
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes SGD $146
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new SGD $132,890
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas SGD $2.68
Monthly ticket public transport SGD $110
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) SGD $13
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) SGD $14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) SGD $18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) SGD $77
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) SGD $13
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) SGD $7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) SGD $9
4 rolls of toilet paper SGD $2.99
Tube of toothpaste SGD $4.73
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city SGD $41
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub SGD $68
2 tickets to the movies SGD $27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) SGD $106
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert SGD $107
1 cocktail drink in downtown club SGD $21
Cappuccino in expat area of the city SGD $6
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) SGD $10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb SGD $834
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) SGD $0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district SGD $142
1 package of marlboro cigarettes SGD $14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 636 prices entered by 81 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2022

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Singapore position in our World Ranking

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14th
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2nd
out of 24

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