Bahrain is not an expensive country, compared to both European and Australian countries.
The overall cost of living can be said to be similar to the costs of living in Europe
While you will have to spend much money on accommodation and utilities, you can save a lot on transportation, food and clothing.
How much money you will need obviously depends on your lifestyle, but one thing should be taken into consideration – the minimum wage in Bahrain is not enough to cover all the expenses.
Even though restaurants are not cheap, almost 13% of monthly budget is spent there.
Meals are pretty cheap, as you can eat a well-made dish in an inexpensive restaurant for just $5.
However, alcohol is expensive, where it is allowed to be served, and do not get confused if you are asked to pay $10 for a bottle of beer.
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 5.30|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 9.28|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.33|
Unlike European countries, where food is quite expensive, the groceries prices in Bahrain are not so unreasonable.
You can always choose to buy food at the local markets or at discounted prices, which will save you a lot.
Preparing your meals is always advisable if you want to afford some other expenses.
|Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.60|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 1.12|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.67|
It is interesting to notice that public transportation in Bahrain is really inexpensive and can be afforded by anyone.
You can get a monthly pass at the price that is not higher than $50.
If you have your own vehicle, then driving around would not be great expense, as the gallon of gasoline costs only $0.5.
|Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.80|
|Monthly Pass||$ 37.13|
Compared to European countries, utilities, such as electricity, water and garbage, are cheaper but still not so inexpensive.
All the basic services would take you approximately $150 per month and when the minimum monthly salary is taken into consideration, this is quite a high expense.
|Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 104.00|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.11|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 41.00|
SPORTS & LEISURE
Being considered one of the best places to live in the area, Bahrain is relatively affordable, but when the sports are in question, fitness clubs will make a huge hole in your budget, and not to speak about tennis court rents, which are more than unaffordable.
|Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 76.94|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 28.97|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 7.96|
CLOTHING & SHOES
When compared to Australian and European countries, the Kingdom of Bahrain is relatively cheap when the clothing prices are involved.
Being able to buy a designer pair of jeans at the price of $50 or even less, should be considered inexpensive.
Still, running shoes are holding higher prices as in other countries.
|Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 45.09|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 54.50|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 79.72|
RENT PER MONTH
Besides having to pay utilities, you will first need to find a place to live in Bahrain, and this is definitely the highest expense there.
Those with the average monthly salary will be able to afford the apartment in the city centers, but unfortunately, that would be impossible for the people with the minimum salary.
|Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 866.91|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 609.40|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 1781.46|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Bahrain?
Rental costs for a one-bedroom apartment in the center will be pretty higher than of the same apartment out of the city center, so those with lower wages should definitely think about renting the cheaper one, so as to be able to save money for other costs.
Food also takes a lot of money and that is why people need to prepare food at home and buy ingredients at the local markets.
People in Bahrain pay attention to their bodies and health, so almost 10% of monthly payments goes for sports and fitness activities.
Bahrain: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
It is worth mentioning that the minimum monthly wage of people in Bahrain is half lower than the average monthly net salary.
This makes living conditions quite difficult and people with so low salaries must be struggling to live normally.
Their rent can be higher than their wage thus leaving nothing for other expenses.
Mortgage interest rate is also higher than in European countries, which makes people unable to afford their own apartments and houses.
Cost of Living by City in Bahrain
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|City||Cost of Living Index|