Cost of Living in Manama

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 51.04
Rent Index: 33.30
Groceries Index: 44.26
Restaurants Index: 52.69
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 42.62
Local Purchasing Power: 101.64
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.25 BHD 1.50-4.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 15.00 BHD 10.00-30.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2.00 BHD 2.00-2.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.25 BHD 2.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.79 BHD 1.00-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.67 BHD 1.10-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.22 BHD 0.15-0.40
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.10 BHD 0.10-0.10
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 1.92 BHD 1.70-2.27
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.34 BHD 0.18-0.45
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.28 BHD 0.23-0.34
Eggs (12) 0.77 BHD 0.60-1.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 0.88 BHD 0.68-1.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.02 BHD 0.68-1.36
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1.17 BHD 0.68-1.59
Apples (1 lb) 0.38 BHD 0.27-0.45
Banana (1 lb) 0.34 BHD 0.27-0.45
Oranges (1 lb) 0.31 BHD 0.18-0.45
Tomato (1 lb) 0.22 BHD 0.18-0.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.19 BHD 0.18-0.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.18 BHD 0.11-0.23
Lettuce (1 head) 0.48 BHD 0.40-0.60
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.22 BHD 0.20-0.30
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.50 BHD 5.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.79 BHD 0.60-1.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.62 BHD 1.00-2.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1.00 BHD 1.00-1.40
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 BHD 0.20-0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10.00 BHD 1.00-15.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.38 BHD 1.00-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.40 BHD 0.40-0.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.50 BHD 2.00-5.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 0.48 BHD 0.38-0.61
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 8,000.00 BHD 7,000.00-9,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 25.00 BHD 15.00-40.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.03 BHD 0.03-0.04
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 18.33 BHD 13.00-25.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.97 BHD 20.00-33.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 5.00 BHD 5.00-5.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.00 BHD 3.00-3.50
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 21.56 BHD 19.00-25.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 17.45 BHD 12.00-20.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 32.50 BHD 25.00-40.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 30.62 BHD 25.00-40.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 352.94 BHD 220.00-450.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 258.75 BHD 200.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 646.43 BHD 450.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 476.67 BHD 300.00-750.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 72.00 BHD 55.74-92.90
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 43.66 BHD 27.87-55.74
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 601.22 BHD 400.00-800.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.06 5.10-7.00

Prices in Manama, Bahrain

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Last update: May, 2016
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31 Comments so far
#shamey on Apr 25, 2016 :
I am getting an job in bahrain with 300 BHD without accommodation and food.
#Anonymous on Feb 26, 2016 :
I just come back from a business trip in bahrain in preparation of a relocation from the US and I was shocked to see the disparity between what 3 realtors showed me, and what your website shows regarding prices for housing. I will grant you that I am american and that I will not take any sort of accomodation, but I come from the countryside in the US where housing is cheap and plentiful, and Bahrain was a change. There is hardly anything in the "middle range" in Bahrain, so that the minimum for westerners seems to be already at the lower end of luxury housing.
I did not see a single apartment that was at less than 850 BHD per month (all inclusive), and the cost of utilities bills was provided to us when we visited a 2br "house", not apartment, in Amwaj and a small 3br house in Saar, and both had closely matching amounts. These utilities costs are also bound to go up very soon as the subsidies are being pulled away for expatriates.
#praveen on Dec 11, 2015 :
I am getting an job in bahrain with 300 BHD with free accommodation and without food.

For food the max how much it will cost (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)?.

Please do needful on these
#Prasanna Kumar on Sep 10, 2015 :
I am getting an job in bahrain with 500 BHD with free accommodation and without food.

For food the max how much it will cost (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)?.

Please do needful on these.
#jagan on Apr 08, 2015 :

I am getting an job in bahrain with 950 BHD without food and accommodation.

How much 1BHK house rent will be per month?
For food the max how much it will cost (breakfast,Lunch, Dinner)?
#Washington on Feb 10, 2015 :
Hi everybody

I received a proposal to work in Saudi Arab (Damman) and live in Bahrain, and the company offer to me $12.000 dollars per month (BD 4.500 per month), and I would like know if with this salry I can live with my wife and my soon weel (Rent a house in Saar, leasing a car, pay an university to my soon, etc..)
And about the safe life, is better now, because in the past Bahrain had some troubles with the local people.., and about the woman drive alone, moving to the shopping, etc.., its safe?

#A.Gration on Dec 29, 2014 :
Please help me out. I got manager position in Bahrain and they give me 750 BD per month with accommodation without food. Can you please clear my queries below mentioned:
1) Food expenses 04 members per month
2) Studies for 02 kids per year (schooling)
3) Electricity bill per month
4) Any other we need to pay to government or tax
5) Drinks & Water per month average figure
6) Internet
#Arvind Kamble on Dec 15, 2014 :
I got an offer in Bahrain.salary 600 bud...let me know how much would I spend on accinodation sharing with one person one room much will I save???
#IRFAN on Dec 12, 2014 :
i got the salary offer in bahrain 600bd but this salary offer not covered by accomadation and food so please help me expenses of food and accomadation.WITH FAMILY .I HAVE TWO CHILDREN
#rapport on Dec 08, 2014 :
how much money should i need to carry if a get a job in bahrain and am a bachelor. i am travelling from india. can i get bahrain currency in india and what is the max amount i can carry in cash. or do i need to withdraw funds using credit card in bahrain and will hadfc card be allowed. please guide.
#John on Nov 14, 2014 :
A lot of people here asking whether their X salary is enough or not enough, left unanswered.

A short answer if you are being offered only on base salary only, even it's seems so attractive than your current salary, it is still not enough because an expat needs is different from the locals such as relocation cost, home commitment cost, foreigner emergency/health cost, high school cost etc.

Some recent international HR survey/study shows that even the offered salary seems much higher then your current home salary , you will lose in the long run if you don't negotiate and ask as much as possible for your expat package.

To get more for your expat package . click below.
#Tohelp on Sep 20, 2014 :
Average 2 bedroom flat in manama(gudaibya/hoora) would cost BHD 200(unfurnished) to 450(furnished) to 550(with amenties like swiming pool gym etc).

Cost of food varies - BHD 0.5 for a masala dosa and tea, 1 bhd for mutton/chicken, 2.1 for KFC dinner meal(3 piece chicken), etc

You can get friends/private taxi, which would cost 1.5 to 3.5 from manama(hoora/guidabya) to city centre, airport...

Then some foods are subsidized eg Mutton (Local/Aust.) is 1 BHD per kg, etc. better not to buy expensive indian(4 to 5 BHD/KG), but some people likes only that ...

So average 250 to 300 BHD for a family of 4, excluding rent, with proper weekend outing/restaurent food - Upper mid class lifestyle, avoiding expensive resturent and window shopping.

The educational cost is around 30(indian school, CBSE) to 300(international) + books additional.

Internet 60GB 4G is 25BHD (2years contract), you may get internet in a fully furnished appartment.
#kirti kumar pandey on Aug 06, 2014 :
I get a job in land mark group with 300 dinar but without accomodstion and fooding.what is a living simple living cost in bahrain
#Pankaj Ganatra on Aug 01, 2014 :
Hey Friends, I just have an offer for 300 BD, at Manama, Baharin with accommodation facility, kindly let me know for cost of living there, I am pure vegetarion.....thank you
My contact number is 9375185986, please feel free to contact me at anytime as I have to reply in two to three days.....thank you
#vishwanath on Jun 19, 2014 :
hi i got an offer in manama city (bahrain), and monthly salary is 1100BHD.
kindly suggest how much goes for housing and food for a bachelor person.
#Jack Jones on Jun 19, 2014 :
Why somebody here still ask what's the cost of living to someone else when the data is all written above.

Those data are from crowsourced and just a guesstimate in range so assume more/less , say 10%. So you'll be fine.
#Parveez on Mar 30, 2014 :
I m selected for job in Bahrain at the salary 200 BD acc transport medical free but food is own is that gud for me. I mean hw much will save in a month.?
#casey on Mar 18, 2014 :
Hi...I'm applying for a job in bahrain as an event coordinator? Can i ask how much is the salary given to a event coordinator in manama.
#nilesh on Mar 08, 2014 :
I got basic 200bd/month salary offer with free food and shared accomondatoin medical it is good for save by money
#wency on Mar 06, 2014 :
im offered ajob in Bahrain for 450Bd plus 125Bd accomodation fr a engineering company as a secretary. is it worth will i be able to save is tax applicablevon salary if yes how much tax will be deducted from my salary.
#ismail on Nov 08, 2013 :
per head monthly food expenses at bahrain
#Kumar on Oct 26, 2013 :
Please help me out. I got an offer in Bahrain and they offered me 750 BD per month without accommodation and food. Can you please clear my queries below mentioned:
1) Living cost and food expenses per month
2) Accommodation single bed room in various places including city price with and without furnish.
3) Studies for kids per year (schooling)
4) Electricity bill per month
5) Any other we need to pay to government or tax
6) Drinks & Water per month average figure
7) Sports clubs per month if any?
8) Internet

Kumar. on Oct 08, 2013 :
I got an offer of 550 BD.... Is it sufficient for Two with a kid?
##Pak on Jul 25, 2013 :
I got offer 2000 Bahrain Dinar so it is ok with small family like 2 kids and one of kids free and living free.....Can any one tell me that can I afford nice SUV Jeep ....
#Teen on Jun 30, 2013 :
Can a family of three or four manage with in 2000 BD monthly and save ?
#syed on Jun 19, 2013 :
what is the monthly cost of food normal please answer
#Ahmed on Jun 19, 2013 :
Hi , i just need to know are these info. accurate or not ? because i'm going next months, and i want to know the parties prices :D i mean clubbing :D
#kashi on Jun 14, 2013 :
what is now current living cost in Bahrain Manama city,accommodation,food,transport
#murugan on Jun 03, 2013 :
i got the salary offer in bahrain 700bd but this salary offer not covered by accomadation and food so please help me expenses of food and accomadation
#Martina on Nov 26, 2012 :
What are some nice apartments near ISA air base? Are there any to choose from for the BHD of 375-500? I will be a contractor coming there and wanted to find some information before hand. Is is cheaper to get a place unfurnished versus furnish. I have my own furnishings.

Thanks I look forward to hearing from someone.
#imangelika21 on Sep 03, 2012 :
ohh.. apartment rent is very costly imagine BHD 581.26 divided by 3 persons? you need to pay a BHD 194 a month!! ..whooh!!

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