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Cost of Living in Jakarta, Indonesia

Prices in Jakarta

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 48.18
Rent Index: 21.44
Groceries Index: 54.47
Restaurants Index: 28.12
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 35.20
Local Purchasing Power: 23.79

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30,000.00 Rp
25,000.00
46,812.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200,000.00 Rp
110,000.00
300,000.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 45,000.00 Rp
35,109.00
50,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 25,000.00 Rp
20,000.00
30,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40,000.00 Rp
30,000.00
55,348.86
Cappuccino (regular) 30,769.80 Rp
25,000.00
36,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 6,314.00 Rp
5,000.00
8,000.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2,629.86 Rp
2,000.00
3,500.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 16,270.22 Rp
13,000.00
20,000.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 12,330.82 Rp
10,000.00
18,000.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 11,270.68 Rp
9,000.00
15,000.00
Eggs (12) 18,689.63 Rp
14,616.00
24,000.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 125,731.53 Rp
95,000.00
152,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 44,761.52 Rp
30,000.00
60,000.00
Apples (1kg) 34,905.30 Rp
30,000.00
40,960.50
Oranges (1kg) 27,221.61 Rp
20,000.00
40,000.00
Tomato (1kg) 12,060.56 Rp
10,000.00
15,000.00
Potato (1kg) 15,156.67 Rp
11,000.00
23,406.00
Lettuce (1 head) 10,251.62 Rp
8,000.00
15,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4,773.02 Rp
3,500.00
6,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300,000.00 Rp
250,000.00
400,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 22,407.44 Rp
20,000.00
25,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 39,061.26 Rp
30,000.00
50,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 15,000.00 Rp
13,500.00
16,384.20
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3,500.00 Rp
3,500.00
4,221.52
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 145,218.00 Rp
107,883.37
150,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7,000.00 Rp
6,000.00
7,000.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3,600.00 Rp
3,000.00
5,000.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30,000.00 Rp
25,000.00
42,000.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 7,976.00 Rp
6,500.00
10,000.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 316,000,000.00 Rp
250,000,000.00
400,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 1,122,832.20 Rp
800,000.00
1,500,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1,222.50 Rp
1,000.00
1,500.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 403,125.00 Rp
250,000.00
600,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 450,075.71 Rp
400,000.00
509,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 88,073.78 Rp
60,000.00
100,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50,000.00 Rp
45,000.00
60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 733,703.70 Rp
500,000.00
900,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 460,000.00 Rp
400,000.00
500,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 887,932.31 Rp
700,000.00
1,200,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 860,188.65 Rp
600,000.00
1,200,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,601,847.42 Rp
5,000,000.00
10,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,657,723.22 Rp
2,000,000.00
3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 16,858,101.22 Rp
10,000,000.00
25,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,309,484.15 Rp
4,000,000.00
10,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 27,157,751.06 Rp
20,000,000.00
35,109,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 12,000,000.00 Rp
8,000,000.00
15,000,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,223,214.29 Rp
3,000,000.00
5,150,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.46
9.00
12.00

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Last update: August, 2014

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54 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Aug 28, 2014 :
Cost of living in Jakarta has increased recently for example if you go out to a restaurant and have pizza medium sized that would cost around USD 10,and this morning I had two bowl of noodles and drinks and that cost me USD10, for Indonesian family with two children below ten years old, if they want to have a decent living , They would have to earn a monthly income Minimum USD2,000 that includes salary of a maid,meals,gasoline and groceries.so for expat I assume the cost of living is higher since you have to employ a driver If you prefer living in an apartment in suburb area that would cost you USD 400 for one bed room , however if you decide to live in Jakarta area the will cost you more, run from USD 800 to 2,000 a month and possibly more depends on your life style. Shopping Malls , movie theaters , super markets are scattered around the city and hundreds of them, so you won't have any problem getting your needs from foods, clothes etc.The worst problem in Jakarta is its traffic where traffic jam never ends for the whole day until about 10 PM, and usually it takes hours to get to your workplace,for a distance of 30 km will take at least 75 min to two hours(unpredictable), Mass transportation in Jakarta in average is lousy , however some buses with full air conditioned from suburb area such as BSD it's quite nice and that cost you around USD1.5 to get to downtown area,where taking taxi will cost You about USD20.Take Blue bird Taxi for your Safe ride and proper service.The nice thing living in Jakarta is products or services are available, even during weekend you can travel to nearby cities with different ambient like Bandung,Yogya or even Bali ,just to release your tension and get ready to hassle again in Jakarta.
#Anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 :
Hi,

I am software engineer and have an offer to work in Jakarta. What is the best salary to live in a good condition with separate studio apartment. I would be paid in Sigapore dollars?

Please help someone !!
#len on Jul 19, 2014 :
Im indonesian, n I think the prices mentioned above are quite dellusional.. I lived alone in jakarta for educational reason since my hometown is in central java.. price for renting studio apartment for me is 300 usd (not luxury apartment ofcourse but it's in the city centre) + 150 usd for electricity etc.. eating costs 5-10 usd for a basic clean one (not a street food), mid range resto costs 20usd/person.. clothes price is similar with developed country.. transportation is horrible.. I've been living in jakarta for 10 years (educational reason) n i cant stand living there for many years ahead.. so monthly expense for single would be around 1200 usd imo..

TIPS: u MUST live near ur work's place.. so u dont need to spend hours trapped in the traffic
#Ryan on Jun 19, 2014 :
Hi I would be moving to Jakarta in August .. I would be working In Bulkit Raya and need an accommodation nearby .. Iam a single guy and wld like a nice studio and I can shell out a 1000 USD per month.. Also how much on an average would need to survive comfortably.. Since no family n no kids.. Iam talking about a real good life ..
#EK on Jun 09, 2014 :
Hi

I intend to buy a second hand car in Jakarta. Can I know what is the average instalment that I need to pay ?
#Anonymous on May 16, 2014 :
Hey frnds how r u all any body plz help me I want go there coz I am girl frnd in jakarta plz any body tell me how much Indonesia money want for one mont trip to there hotel stay and food
#Arif on May 06, 2014 :
I am an expat, and I do own a Studio Apartment of 22 Sq. Mt in Sunter (Sunter Park View Apartment) Jl. YS kodamar, Jakarta North on the way to Tanjung Priok Port. One of the cheapest shopping mall near this apartment is ITC Cempakamas. If you want to buy fresh fruits, meats etc for lesser price Pasar Sunter is nearby (20.000 by taxi). The apartment is at 7 minutes walk from the TransJakarta station, YS Kodamar. It is on PGC- Tanjung Priok bus route. Mall Artha Gading (MAG) is the next stop by busway from here. Mall of Indonesia (MOI) is around 1 km distance. There are many shops inside the apartment building. You can get in to Jakarta International Airport much faster from here. Since my current business activities are more based in PekanBaru, I am thinking of renting it. The title is owned in my company name, which is registered under PMA and I am authorised to sign the documents. Contact me on camera.ae@gmail.com
#Morris on May 02, 2014 :
#Giar , I am Morris , I can help you, we are actually doing a mass recruitment in Sydney, Australia. ... send me an email: morrisbannet@yahoo.com
#Giar on May 01, 2014 :
Hi there. I am indonesian woman. I looking for job in Australia as well as seeking an Australian man for marry. Can anyone help me about good company in AU who want accept Indonesian woman like me. Thanks for help
#AudiQ on Apr 25, 2014 :
#anjali depends on your budget, south Jakarta has the most nice and expensive apartment, JIS got recent problem with child sex abuse.
#shankar yes you can survive and live like local :D
#foreigner just go to good grocery like food hall, ranch market, carefour (they have fresh foods , etc) and go to normal restaurant that has price tag, then they will not overcharge you. :D and market in Indonesia is not comparable even to market in Bangkok,
#AudiQ on Apr 25, 2014 :
I am Indonesian, I do feel all the price in this site is a joke, To have a normal comfortable life you willl need at least $4000/month. You think Indonesian petrol is cheap? consider the traffic, I would have spent the same amount of money/month when I stayed in Frankfurt. School are also expensive especially good standard one, tuition fee about $300-500/mth ( I am not talking about those lousy government school) . interational school could be up to $2500/mth. Food, I normally go out to grocery like Food hall, Ranch Market, and at least has to spent around $100-150/week. Normal restaurant price about $5/50.000/meal/person. If you go to restaurant something like din tai fung/paul aner will cost you about US$20/200,000/person. for example I just went to a normal local seafood restaurant, 1 crab, 1 veggie, 1 cheap carp fish, spring roll, total cost Rp. 650000/US$60. Normal Aparment Rental in Jakarta could be around $1000-$2000 (24-70 sqm). Most things here in Indonesi is imported, due to lousy government :D Erdinger beer $10-$15, bintang beer $3 (restaurant price), $1.2(grocery price), budweiser ($5 grocery)

Whenever I travel to KL/bangkok/Manila, it feels cheaper there for foods, accomodations, etc. jakarta living cost is actually comparable to Singapore cost except rental. But if you wanna live like in developed country (enjoying good quality breads, beers, etc) you must have at least $4000/mth, well if you wanna live like local, eat street food, ride motorbike, live in rent small house, well you can survive with only $600-$1000/mth :D

The cheap and the best thing in Jakarta is their movie Cinema XXI :D go for premier only cost $5-$10

Public transport is a joke, you will not want to take those fugly bus in Jakarta :D
#anjali on Mar 27, 2014 :
Please Suggest...I am in fix. My husband has work place in murunda (somewhere in North Jakarta I think) but I want my kids to go to international school in south of jakarta. Where should I live???How is the North Jakarta international school ? specially in comparison to British International school and Jakarta International school? My elder son is going to go to year 5 and little one is just turning 3.

suggest please...Thanks in advance
#anjali on Mar 27, 2014 :
Please Suggest...I am in fix. My husband has work place in murunda (somewhere in North Jakarta I think) but I want my kids to go to international school in south of jakarta. Where should I live???How is the North Jakarta international school ? specially in comparison to British International school and Jakarta International school? My elder son is going to go to year 5 and little one is just turning 3.

suggest please...Thanks in advance
#shankar on Mar 13, 2014 :
Hi i am shankar from Bangalore, planning to shift to Jakarta next month. I have a budgt of 332000 Indo rupiah per day, with accomodation from company. Will it be feasible to live in jakarta with my wife & 1 child with this budget
#ano on Feb 25, 2014 :
it is true that foreigners are often overcharged for Indonesians presume that all foreigners has tons of money... but this is only true for foreigners that shops in traditional markets/stores without fixed price... to avoid this you should shops in supermarkets, retail stores or anywhere else that has fixed price

if you want decent, affordable and healthy meal than you should find food court inside shopping centres in and around the city (3-5 dollar/person. if you want to go from one place to another inside the city the public transportation won,t serve your purposes well... take taxis its cheap for foreigners (only consider blue bird taxi others are not reccomended for foreigners)

i am indonesian and has spent a few years living in uk, north america and now south america ... jakarta is far cry compared to clean and tidy cities of western countries... but belief me when i say that it is far more safer than cities in south america
#Anonymous on Feb 09, 2014 :
it's a difficult place to live but if you want to loss weight (without getting sick) this is a place to do it

I dropped 10-15 pounds everytime I go to jakarta from southern california for a 3-week visit(hot, humid, and walk alot with starbucks ice tea in hand)

this place is still cheap if you do your homework and can actually speak the language - amazing what a little bit of knowledge can do for you (regardless of your skin color - that includes whites)
#Bernhard J on Feb 08, 2014 :
I lived in Indonesia for more than six years.
The problem for expats when it comes to housing is that rents (which are typically quoted using a USD monthly rental rate) are fixed for the duration of the entire lease period. Indonesia is unique, in that, to rent a house or apartment, a lease agreement is signed and the rent has to be paid in its entirety, before you move in. A lease agreement is typically paid one to two years in advance and for properties located in desirable complexes and neighborhoods preferred by expats the lease may have to be paid for as much as three years in advance. So when renting a house in Jakarta be prepared to pay tens of thousands of USD before you even bring the first chair in your new home. (USD 2,500 per month for 3 years means to pay USD 90,000 up front !)
Another problem for white expats is that we are obscenely overcharged when shopping. I was married to an Indonesian lady and when shopping, she would enter the shop alone and I would wait around the corner out of sight. Sometimes the wait would get far too long, I would start to worry and would enter the shop. Believe me - it happened not just once: her shopping was wrapped, the price had been agreed upon but my white face was spotted. Then all of a sudden the price was declared to be a mistake, recalculation started and price doubled.
If you are white - the locals take you for a ride. No matter how much they smile at you.
#Kevin on Jan 23, 2014 :
The prices quoted on this www are an absolute joke. They are just not reflective of real life in Jakarta, and as elluded to by so many in the comments section are dramatically understated. This is across the range, for anything from rental through to cheese or meat. Prices in Jakarta are also very variable with things like meat fluctuating by as much as 50% within a month. All the supermarkets that a westerner would shop at have vastly inflated prices. A 3 course meal for 2 in a Mid-range Restaurant at an upper bound price of IDR250,000. Forget it! More like lower bound cost of IDR500,000 as simple pub-grub. A more realistic cost would be IDR800,000.
#Priyanto on Jan 21, 2014 :
Jakarta was cheap in 2004 before BBM (gas, fuel) price was raised
#Priyanto on Jan 21, 2014 :
Do NOT move to Jakarta. Seriously. You are making a big mistake if you move here.
Besides the yearly massive floods, dengue fever and food poisoning, air pollution,
and traffic jams which are getting worse every day. I advise..don't move here.
If you want a job and better living, look in Bandung. It is cheaper there and
still has clean air (although traffic jam on weekends due to Jakarta people
ruining Bandung on the weekend).
#brie on Dec 17, 2013 :
The price for apartment rental in Jakarta is based on size, US$ 25/m2/month in the business district 9city center) and US$15/m2/month in sub district (3-5KM from business district). All part of Jakarta already become city, there is no more cheap area here. If you talk about Bekasi, Depok, Tanggerang as cheaper area for house/apartment, there are not in Jakarta. Those area belongs to other province.
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 :
Jakarta IS getting expensive. I'm an expat housewife and I've been living in Jakarta for 3 years. I think this site is quite misinformed so if you do plan to move to Jakarta, please read all the helpful expat comments below.

In these 3 years I witnessed alot of changes in Jakarta; some good, some bad...but usually the 'advancement' don't make sense. Don't get me wrong, I think the city has its charms and Indonesians are really warm, friendly people. However, the city is a mess and the inflation is crazy here. Office and apartment rentals are rising exponentially every year and the landlords here don't think twice kicking you out. If you do have local friends, I am sure they will point you to bargain clothes; household items and cheap, street food. I would save on many things but I would never eat street food. I had 3 friends who were inflicted with dysentery already so...if I go to better restaurants, it becomes usd$30-50 for a couple. My lunches usually cost me about $10.

Only taxis, maids and pets are cheap. I don't know why anyone would voluntarily want to move here. Bad air, horrible traffic jams, floods and silly policies? No thanks.
#Kezia Zoe on Nov 12, 2013 :
What is the average increasing percentage amount for Cost Of Living Allowance in Jakarta Indonesia in order to form the number of yearly wage/salary for the employee program?
#Kezia Zoe on Nov 12, 2013 :
So how much is the average percentage amount for Cost Of Living Allowance increases in Jakarta Indonesia due to yearly income increasing program?
#V.V on Nov 10, 2013 :
My son is moving to Jkarta. Is the place so horrible as described by someone here.What is average monthly cost for one person.......
#loch on Nov 06, 2013 :
OMG, Jakarta is the armpit of the world. Jakarta is awful, polluted, traffic clogged city. Plus it is so expensive here. Quality of life is tough to get here. You spend too much time on the road. Think ten times before moving here, life is too short to live in such a depressing place.
#The Diplomatic Wife on Sep 27, 2013 :
Dear Pasqal, please understand that this site is for expats planning to move to Indonesia, it takes time to learn the language and find these "bargain price products" that you are talking about. And even if I figured out how to speak in Bahasa for shopping, expat's accents give them away and locals tend to over-charge expats just because they are expats. Shopping in Berlin and Manila SO MUCH cheaper than in Jakarta so I don't think you should give the idea that Jakarta is cheap. And your statement:

"beer and cigarettes are way more cheaper here than the rest of ASEAN countries"

Is completely untrue. Beer is so much cheaper in Manila. For example in supermarkets, in Manila I would ge an Erdinger for $2-3, in Jakarta I get is for $13. That is INSANE. Local beer in Manila is $0.60, cost in jakarta is $1.75.

So again, I don't think you should compare cost of living for expats to cost for locals. Expats who will only stay a few months to 2-3 years want to know the straight forward price of goods in convenient expat friendly locations that they will probably go to when they are newly arrived in jakarta, not when they've taken months/years to learn the local language or found all the inside info that is harder to find in jakarta anyway.

People shouldn't be giving the cheapest possible prices that locals get in these surveys because it screws up the average.
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 :
Please see nat. Most accurate way to describe it. Jakarta is the dirtiest and polluted, congested city on this planet. It used to be a haven for sex tourist but HIV is now considered a pandemic. I know a couple.of indonesian who are HIV infected and like all indonesian they deny to have this problem and keep ongoing like nothing happen. This place did not used to be like this 15 years ago but sadly the last 6 to 7 years it just went to shit
#any on Sep 23, 2013 :
I live in jakarta currently and there is a big bubble brewing. For less then 2000 usd you cant live in jakarta comfortablie. With kids impossible. Not to mention 2 hours commute as you.will not be able to live in the city for 2000 usd so expect 1.30 min commute minimum each way. You can eat very cheap in jakarta but who can eat nasi goreng every day. No believe me KL, Thailand is far more better. Jakarta is today without out a doubt the most polluted, congested and overpriced in SE-ASIA today. Indonesian are very nice but it runs very shallow.
#Anonymous on Sep 14, 2013 :
Dont stay in a apartment. Its expensive. Rent a house or a room would be much cheaper. Rent a house cost USD 2500 to rent a room cost USD 100-250. And cheap foods are everywhere. A plate of nasi goreng/fried rice cost USD 1.50 on the street. And a bottle of mineral water would be USD 0.50.
#Len on Sep 12, 2013 :
My email is lenjm@live.com. Thanks
#Len on Sep 12, 2013 :
Hi I'm in Australia, looking to move toindonesiafora year ona budget, do you have any advice
#Rahul on Sep 12, 2013 :
Hi,

I plan to move to Jakarta, Indonesia for period of 3 months.
I am being offered a monthly salary of 6000 USD in which I need to manage my travel, visa & accomodation alongwith other local expenses.
I was interested to know monthly expense for a vegeterian indian staying in Jakarta including the local acomodation, transportation, food, electricity & other misc. expenses if any.

How much I will be able to save monthly in this case ?

Regards,
Rahul
#Pasqal on Aug 31, 2013 :
# I meant good quality clothing in cheap price
#Pasqal on Aug 31, 2013 :
I'm Indonesian. Some of the comments here are true, but some are not. Property, yes very expensive. Food debatable. For Indonesian, there are lots of cheap, delish and clean meals available. For Foreigners, also. You have to really understand the city to find it.

For clothing, H&M is opening in town. They provide good and cheap quality clothing. In fact, I just bought DocMartens shoes (original) way cheaper than its price in Thailand (a bit more expensive than in Singapore).

Liquors and branded goods are more expensive, especially when the govt planned to apply 125% luxury tax end of this year. But beer and cigarettes are way more cheaper here than the rest of ASEAN countries (The only time I've been to Europe is when I was 10 Y.O).

So, basically what I'm trying to say, Jakarta can be considered expensive for foreigners who don't know where to look for lots of bargain price products in Indonesia. The key to know these things... Socialized with local people. They will help you to know and understand how to survive in Jakarta.

#Juzz on Aug 29, 2013 :
Living in Jakarta is a very very stressful. I live in Jakarta and I'm thinking of relocating somewhere else. In cities like Singapore or KL, you can predict the peak hours, but in Jakarta, every minute is peak hour. The streets are packed with cars and a lot of crazy motorcycle riders who don't understand the meaning of all those traffic signs. Also, the cost of living in Jakarta has gone up gradually. Especially housing. If you don't earn more than USD 2000, stop dreaming of owning a house in the city centre, you can only afford house in the suburb, like Bekasi, which is amazingly far far away from the business district in Sudirman, an apartment is the best option nowadays here. Public transportation is still the main issue here. There are Transjakarta buses, but still, too many crimes happened there. And the streets in Jakarta is not pedestrian-friendly, beware of motorcycle outta nowhere riding on the sidewalk.
#Anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 :
Hi All,

I wish to move to Jakarta. Can anyone please help me with finding a job in Jakarta preferably in IT-Management.

I have two years experience in IT Management, presently working with HCL Technologies(India).

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks
#SameerIndia on Aug 27, 2013 :
Hi All,

I wish to move to Jakarta, can anyone help with getting a job in IT sector preferably.

I have two years experience in IT Management, presently working with HCL Technologies(India)

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks
#The Diplomatic Wife on Aug 25, 2013 :
Dear NJ and AG,
I used to live in Kebayoran. I was able to get a 2BR UNFURNISHED apartment for USD 800. But the prices have gone up! Our landlord kicked us out despite having already raised the rent to USD 1200 per month. Think about it! Our utilities with internet cost us about USD 200. This does not include food costs, eating out, getting a driver, travel and car and basically enjoying your life. Please see the comment of Ferry. I agree that $3000 is definitely not enough, especially with family. Especially considering that there is nothing to do in the city except shop and eat. You might go crazy if you don't travel.
#The Diplomatic Wife on Aug 25, 2013 :
Sad to say that the prices listed here are wishful thinking and out of date! I don't think people should be putting the cheapest possible prices, because this website is frequented by expats. Usually expats have to shop in English-speaking establishments, especially when they are newly arrived. The prices of grocery items increased a lot. When I would go in 2009, 2 carts full would cost me 1.5Million, but when I left 2 carts full would be 2.5 Million!

As for clothing forget about it! I am currently living in Berlin, just moved last June. I can get cheaper and better quality clothing here in Berlin! The quality control of Indonesian made products might be great when they are exported to other countries, but the items for sale locally are appaling. I never thought I would say this, but I missed cheap but good China made products while living in Indonesia. Even the cheap chinese products would cost 10x more in Jakarta, than in Manila Philippines!

I can also eat out cheaper here in Berlin. In Jakarta if I try to eat cheap, we get worms/food poisoning/diarrhea. So we would have to eat at expat friendly, english speaking restos - NOT Cheap.

Again I am talking about expat quality food and goods. I was expecting things to be cheap when I moved to Jakarta in 2009 from Manila. Boy was I wrong! The prices of the same goods can be 10x more expensive in a different store and there will be no rhyme or reason why.

Also even if I am already a regular at certain places, they increase the prices rapidly and reduce the quality. It doesn't matter if you are a loyal customer.

#AG on Aug 10, 2013 :
I am offered USD 1100 by a company to work in Jakarta plus the ac accommodation, water, electricity, fridge, gas, other kitchen utensils etc. are to be given by the company and to and fro air ticket on joining with wife and child. food cost would be mine. Is it worth joining and can I save?
#Sanjeev Sharma on Jul 18, 2013 :
Moving to Purwakarta Indonesia,I want to know cost of living without accomodation.
#Laila Hassan on Jul 08, 2013 :
Seeking a Friend Jakarta! Hungarian-born! The filing address for the phone or do I need a title! If anyone knows, please help me name:Seprüs Laurens Junior

Laila Hassan
mohidoki@gmail.com
#Ferry on Jun 02, 2013 :
I am Local Indonesian , a young GP work in American 100 Fortune Company, in my opinion living cost in Jakarta is most expensive then other big city in Indonesia, i earn 3,000 usd after tax. with 2 kids and wife.. It's NOT enough...the price for property is bubble..!!. its growth 150% YTD, simple shophouse in North Jakarta area is now 10-15 billion rupiah ( 1,5-2 mio USD) DONT expect thing will cheap in Jakarta,,,, stay in Jogjakarta or Bandung or event Surabaya is more cheaper and nicer to stay..

Jakarta is now struggle with 13 mio people in day and 9 mio people in night in very small city. Hotel price like Ritz Carlton is USD 300 a day, and mediorate hotel is 80-90 USD a day.
Take extra cash or ask for extra sallary if younplan to lived here in Jakarta
#SBY on Jun 01, 2013 :
low min wages. high food price n living cost. damn thats perfect mass slavery fool
.many ppl die of starvation n hunger. they cant buy food no matter how hard they work.
this is because closed economy system where only certain crony n mafia monopolies the trades n has given exclusive rights n protection from corrupt army where they had bribe to operate they dirty business. this mafia can play the food price n commodity as much as they wants. no worries of competition n quality. bloodsuckeeeerrrsss.......
#arich on May 30, 2013 :
Hi,
I am an Indian may be moving to Jakarta for company assignment on the pay of 40USD per day with company sponsored accommodation. How will it be to stay over there for 6 months or so if I bring my wife along? What would be the average savings that I could make in a month with the above details?
#NJ on May 21, 2013 :
Hi guys,

ill be working in Jakarta for 6 six years. i would love to have your honest opinion. if i earn 1800 USD, will that be enough to find a decent home near Kebayoran and have a little extra for my self. Thank you
#Anonymous on Apr 29, 2013 :
How much is the earning if you work as a head of department in an international company?
#w on Feb 12, 2013 :
median salary after tax, 5 million, no way, its way lower.
beer, apples, wine, bread, are expensive items that are not part of the daily diet of indonesians.
8,5 million for a 1 bedroom apartment. haha, common, you earn 5 million and the apartment is 8.5,
who wrote this?
#nat on Feb 09, 2013 :
To Elizabeth, please do NOT misinform people. Yes you can rent a horrible dirty 3rd world hovel for USD$2500 a year in the city center or even outside, maybe in a small town far far from Jakarta you can get an ok house for this price, you can get to Jakarta to work though. Near, but outside of the city center you may get something livable for USD$4000 a year min (BSD, Cibubur, Sentul), but still you would need 1 to 1.5 hrs each way for the commute and it is horribly stressful. Anything lower is as described above, unlivable for most people except those willing to live like rats. I have lived in Jakarta for 15 years and I am adventurous and can live in more basic conditions than most westerners, but even I have limits. Jakarta is terribly expensive for what you get compared to cities like Bangkok as the Thais are much more business minded => they build more condos and small apartments, so the supply and quality is much more than Jakarta, Jakarta is simply "kesulitan" everywhere, I love it for other reasons, but be real, that's the truth. Don't forget that if you do not rent an apartment downtown now in Jakarta, you simply can not get into the city center because Jakarta has NO public transport system (do not even try to tell me busway is a functioning public transport system, it is a lung destroying, time wasting stress and sweat system).
#Selvi on Dec 25, 2012 :
Indonesia is home to many clothing factories, without brand names, but with good quality, the price ranged between IDR 100.000-300.000. Also shoes, good quality starts at 200.000, even the leather shoes, if you are willing to scour or sought information from friend, there are a lot of sellers online (in Facebook) who sell good shoes at that price.
#Anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 :
the Rp6.000/kg is the cheapest price of tomato in jakarta, you can check it in many groceries store in jakarta. The range of price of tomato are 6.000-10.000/kg in traditional and supermarket.
But if you are talking about the price for organic tomato (tomat organik), the the price range are Rp 22.000-30.000/kg.
#JeZe on Nov 05, 2012 :
I don't recognize a lot of prices. I think Jakarta is much more expensive. Earlier this week the govnt. increased minimum wages with 32% in Jakarta. This says something about price increases.
#Elizabeth on Jun 17, 2012 :
In Indonesia, the cost for renting a house could much cheaper than renting an apartment. The yearly cost for renting a house consists of 3 bedroom (1000 sq ft) in the city could be as low as USD 2500.
The buy price for buying house could be as low as USD 1000 per square meter.
Apartment is considered as luxury way of living in Jakarta.

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