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Cost of Living in Pakistan

Pakistan is a large country in South-Central Asia. It’s standing at the crossroads of Central Asia, East Asia and South Asia and is a part of the Greater Middle East.

Generally, the cost of living is same in all the cities of Pakistan, except for Islamabad, which is slightly more costly as compared to other cities.

This, however, depends on your preferences and style of living.

For example, there are many families living happily here with around 300$ per month and many cannot fulfill their expenses with 1500$ per month.

Restaurants

RESTAURANTS

Eating out will definitely be a draw from your budget, compared to the option of cooking for yourself, but if you’re coming from any of the more developed countries, you won’t find restaurants expensive at all. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost you less than 2$, while a dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant costs around 9$.

Markets

MARKETS

The price of groceries depends on where you go shopping. You can find very good, quality food for the whole family for 200$. The prices vary from sector to sector, as in F sectors have higher food prices, while in G sector prices are low. In some of the cheaper cities of the country, groceries would cost you at least 30%+ more than they cost in other cities of Pakistan.

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

As for transportation costs, you have a couple of options. If you use your own car, fuel will cost you around 100$ a month, including oil and regular maintenance cost. Public transport is not very good and you will have to use rickshaws, which are very cheap. However qingqi rickshaw is very cheap but not available that often. Be aware that, if you are from the West, most people will try to overcharge you as often as they can.

Utilities

UTILITIES (MONTHLY)

The cost of bills for utilities depends greatly on the season: during winter they cost around 30$, while during summers they can go up to 200$ if you’re not careful with your AC! Generally speaking, for an apartment of about 85m2, all basic utilities like electricity, gas and garbage services cost around 60$ a month.

Sports and leisure

SPORTS & LEISURE

The cost of enjoying sports and fitness activities is definitely high for someone living and working in Pakistan long term – not as much for those who are only tourists coming from the western countries. If you want to become a member of a gym or a fitness club, it costs around 16$, while cinema tickets are relatively cheap – again, mostly for tourists – 4$ per ticket.

Clothing and shoes

CLOTHING & SHOES

There are many shopping centers in Pakistan, and the prices of clothes are very low – significantly lower than in Europe or the US. For quality jeans like Levi’s, you’ll pay only about 17$, while summer dresses and shirts in chain stores like Zara or Mango cost more, around 25$. Running sneakers cost only around 40$ a pair.

Rent per month

RENT PER MONTH

With the economy growing and more places like Barhia Town being built and added onto the general constitution of Pakistan, the rent is only going to go up. You can get a nice one-bedroom apartment in the city center for around 130$. It can be much cheaper if you opt to live below average or further from the city.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Pakistan

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 1.43
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 1.79
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 0.21
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 0.68
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 0.43
Eggs (12) $ 0.80
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 0.14
Monthly Pass $ 5.72
Gasoline $ 0.66
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $ 57.32
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $ 0.02
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $ 19.86
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $ 16.83
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $ 6.79
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $ 3.93
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $ 16.85
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $ 25.30
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $ 40.53
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $ 127.73
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $ 79.90
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $ 285.22

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Pakistan?

With rent prices being fairly low, food is definitely the first on the list of things an average Pakistani person spends in this country.

This percentage can go lower or higher, depending on where you go shopping.

The next expense is rent, but given than only 16% of an average paycheck gets spent on rent, it testifies to the fact that rent isn’t expensive.

Restaurants and transportation are another significant factor for the wallet, while utilities and sports are equally important in Pakistan, if we’re looking at these percentages.

12.6%
36.6%
13.4%
8.3%
8.3%
4%
16.8%
Restaurants
Markets
Transportation
Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Pakistan: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The average salary is very low in Pakistan, considering the prices.

Although most things in this country are exceptionally cheap, a minimum wage of only 102.7$ cannot begin to cover everything.

Though the average salary is double the amount, it is still very difficult for people living in Pakistan to pay for their expenses (especially if they’re renting) and not have to worry about their existence in the long run.

If you’re planning on going to Pakistan, around 1000$ per person would definitely suffice – you could even splurge.

Average Salary$ 223.16
Minimum Wage$ 102.7
Mortgage Interest Rate11.88%

Cost of Living by City in Pakistan

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Islamabad 25.86
Karachi 23.9
Lahore 25.83

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