Cost of Living in Davao

Cost of living in Davao is 65.52% lower than in New York, NY Info
Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 396.68$ (18,728.77₱) and for four person family at 1,366.04$ (64,495.34₱) (without rent).
Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 87.50 ₱ 60.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 ₱ 300.00-750.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 90.00 ₱ 79.00-130.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 50.00 ₱ 40.00-78.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 100.00 ₱ 60.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 86.11 ₱ 60.00-100.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 16.88 ₱ 12.00-25.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 11.91 ₱ 10.00-15.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 277.75 ₱ 246.05-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 36.92 ₱ 27.22-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 19.62 ₱ 15.42-21.32
Eggs (12) 69.10 ₱ 60.00-90.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 340.19 ₱ 226.80-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 59.65 ₱ 36.29-81.65
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 89.58 ₱ 54.43-136.08
Apples (1 lb) 24.95 ₱ 20.41-36.29
Banana (1 lb) 13.61 ₱ 11.34-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 19.96 ₱ 13.61-27.22
Tomato (1 lb) 12.51 ₱ 11.34-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 18.88 ₱ 12.70-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 33.26 ₱ 27.22-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 31.50 ₱ 19.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 25.56 ₱ 20.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 270.00 ₱ 150.00-350.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 38.75 ₱ 25.00-50.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 70.00 ₱ 50.00-100.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 60.00 ₱ 55.00-80.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 ₱ 8.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ₱ 496.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 30.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 20.66 ₱ 16.09-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 165.00 ₱ 120.00-250.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 160.80 ₱ 143.85-178.48
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000.00 ₱ 900,000.00-1,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,450.00 ₱ 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.78 ₱ 6.00-10.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,059.60 ₱ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,291.67 ₱ 850.00-2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 194.00 ₱ 100.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 127.50 ₱ 110.00-150.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,700.00 ₱ 1,200.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,187.50 ₱ 600.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,375.00 ₱ 2,000.00-4,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,775.00 ₱ 1,000.00-2,800.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,055.56 ₱ 4,500.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,562.50 ₱ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,073.78 ₱ 9,500.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,500.00 ₱ 5,000.00-12,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,181.51 ₱ 3,251.58-9,718.82
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,426.67 ₱ 5,563.12-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 12,500.00 ₱ 8,000.00-17,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 8.83 5.00-11.00

Prices in Davao, Philippines

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Last update: November, 2015
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42 Comments so far
#keith on Nov 30, 2015 :
I would like to hear from Indian expats in the Phillipines as I'm Indian and will be moving there soon. Please let me know your experiences (good and bad).
#Lou on Nov 28, 2015 :
I work in makati for 2 years and living there is very hard since its unsafe and everything is expensive. I've been planning to settle in Davao since its much safer, more job opportunities and closer to my love ones. :)
#GM on Nov 17, 2015 :
Living 3 months on and 9 months off in Davao now for the last 8 years.
As a family with 2 children living in a western style apartment building that we own, some of the expenses we have are:
1) Davao Light (electricity) PHP5,000/month
2) Condo fees PHP 2,700/month
3) Average of real estate taxes PHP 5,000/year
4) PLDT ADSL 8Mbps: 3,800/month
5) Paulaner in SM: PHP120/bottle, restaurant PHP140-180/bottle
6) Hoegaarden in SM: PHP100/bottle
7) 100Gr Jamon Serano (from Deli Swish): +- PHP350/100Gram
8) Weekly groceries at least PHP8,000
I estimate to live there full time, we'd need US$3,000/month to have a good living western style. That would be excluding private schooling for the kids.

Like other have said, it can be done on way less if you accept less quality.
#Sammy on Nov 07, 2015 :
Hello gents
As an American citizen, what do I need when it comes to visa?
Or I can get that at the airport?!!
Can I fly direct to Davao from US or I have to go to Manila first and then manage to go to Davao..
Thanks for you advice..
#JAMES OVIRI on Nov 03, 2015 :
Thank you. I am intending to come and leave there. I have a girl friend MELANIE who is 26yrs old, has a daughter less than one yr old. She does direct selling. She can call me on ph. 675 79877521 or email on Thank you. JAMES OVIRI
#fred on Sep 24, 2015 :
can someone point me in the right direction, i want to retire in davoa my futher wife has a three bedroomed bungelow. there and I live in the uk.
what visa or documents do I need etc. etc

#Paul on Sep 22, 2015 :
My expense in Davao. Rent 4000 (2 br house and lot) 30min drive to city center. Elec 2500-3000 ( 1/2hr a/c running about 12-19hrs a day) Internet PLDT 2.5MBPS fiber 2100. Water 250-400 (depends on if you have a helper or not. They use much more water) Food (2 adults 1 2yr old and 1 expecting) 8000-10000 (includes lots of beer and snacks). Cell phone 500-700 Transportation 3000-4000 (wife works daily) Cooking gas 11kgs 215 avg per month. Eating out, pizza, jolibee etc. 3500. Roughly 25-26k php per month total. or 500-550USD per month. We own our furniture, motorcycle and appliances. Add approx 2-3000 for domestic help. (careful they will try to take you for 4000-8000 if you let them). Also for my situation, we have extras for vitamins, medicines and doctor visits, as wife is expecting. We add approximately 2000 for this. As you can see, a single person can easily live here 600-1000USD per month. If we got out more and frequent higher priced eateries, we can spend another 1500 a month. My advice, don't attempt to do this with less than 500USD. GET SOME KIND OF MEDICAL COVERAGE. At the very least PhilHealth for hospitalization. The cost is about 1400 a year (PHP). I had a heart attack last year and it would have cost me 100k plus, AND another heart attack if I did not have the coverage. Best Wishes to all who make the choice to make Davao home. Be sure to reach out to other foreigners if you can. It can get lonely here sometimes.
#Kevin on Sep 16, 2015 :
Great reading people thank you all. Davao sounds great to both visit and/or live.
I also would like to know how to contact agents re rentals.
Having lived in Thailand and Ormoc City previously I am happy to visit first before agreeing to contract.
Salamat din
#Emily on Aug 27, 2015 :
What websites should one go to to search for houses to rent in Davao? I am considering moving there from the US.
#Blue on Aug 22, 2015 :
Joe, Davao City is a lovely City to live in. And yes a good place to retire and remarried when you find the right decent, simple and contented woman. Just don't rush of looking one, you'll know it. And don't use too much money on shopping and everything for her. You'll know if she wants to know you more or want your money. Good luck man!

One commenter said that $500 a month is a decent amount for monthly expenses.

#Brian on Aug 01, 2015 :
This is a question for#Franz I will be coming there at the beginning of december for anywhere from 3 to 6 months and I a curious to know how you found such a cheap place with aircon? I would like stay for at least 6 months and obviously the lower my rent and utilities the longer I can stay.Your response would be greatly appreciated also here is my email address if you want to respond in private
#brodavid on Jul 25, 2015 :
I live on 2000 u.s. dollars a month and it still ain't enough sometimes. 2800 u.s. dollars would suffice unless you want to live like a Filipino. I can't live like a Filipino. Life would be too boring. The rent sucks here. It's higher than I thought it would be. It's safe here but thefts and burglary is a common problem here. Get a big dog and a barbed wire fence.
#Albert on Jul 19, 2015 :
Hi this is a very informative site. My feance' lives curintly in Gen San and her family is in Davao. She is having several problems in Gen San ( not financal ) and we both want her in Davao.
Our problem is getting her and our adopted daughter and all there things from Gen San to Davao.
I well B retiring in a couple yrs and want to live with her there.
If anyone can help inform me of a moving companie or prvt inavidule with truck pls leave a coment.
#TonyPH on Jul 14, 2015 :
good day everyone! i am from Davao city, and as far as i am living at this moment. $200 - $300 equivalent against to my local currency is my total monthly expenditures per month and in a minimal and practical living, that includes my rent, utilities(water, electric and transpo with taxi or jeepney) and food. some extras for my clothing or seldom activities. (8 hours of work/day) It cannot be deny that agriculture products in Davao are cheap, because of wide farm lands in and city outskirts.

if you think about living into more active life with a lot of fancy occasions and rough activities.. you better expect to spend more than I've said.

but anything else. it's beyond your directions, way of living...
everything can be a good deal in a good & fair bargaining.
#alpogs on Jul 09, 2015 :
DAVAO is of no argument one of the safest but cheapest city to live with..with 500 dollars monthly on all necessary expenditures you could live a decent and comfy life here in our humble city...(with wide range of soon to be wives to choose from)
#Joe Schmalfeldt on Jul 09, 2015 :
As a single man retiring soon, 2 questions; 1-how much US$ would be an average needed to retire here & 2-wanting to be married again, would this be a good place to meet someone?
#Franz on Apr 16, 2015 :
#carol on Jul 09, 2014 :
I lived here in davao city almost 3 yrs. I love davao. You can buy cheaper food/products in bankerohan or in downtown. Here are my expenses evry month:
Small room rent (boardinghouse) - 1,500.00 including water bill.
Electricity (i have aircon, flat screen tv and heater) - 1,000.00 pesos
Grocery - 1,500.00 pesos
Food - 50.00 pesos per day x 30 days total of 1,500.00 pesos per month.
Transportation - 20.00 - 30.00 pesos a day for only in jeepneys and tricycles.
So, i spent approximately 6,000.00 - 7,000.00 pesos a month. Medical and other expenses is not included.

You said you have aircon . ano brand ng aircon mo? at 1k lng talaga bill mo sa aircon? how many hours mo ginagamit aircon mo ? davao area dn me. please reply .thanks :)
#JAN on Apr 05, 2015 :
Anyone looking for a place to stay safe and cheap in Davao City please contact me 09051175996
#jc on Jan 04, 2015 :
Hi everyone,

This is Jc. Ill be there in a couple of weeks. What is the best way to get there form Manila?
#Jackie Staggs on Nov 24, 2014 :
I have girl that lives in Davao City and she wants to leave there. It's ok with me, I will beglad to have her with me:from what I just read it sounds nice there.
#Reggie on Sep 23, 2014 :
There are about 8 countries who use Pesos.Doctors visit cheap 300 pesos or 7 dollars.
#Spink on Sep 04, 2014 :
Why pesos? How did junk Mexican money make to a jungle island?
##Zellie on Jul 31, 2014 :
I live in Davao now for more than four years. I can proudly say that Davao is a very peaceful place. Crime rates are low and is very safe even at night. Even though I'm a woman, I can go home at 1:00 in the morning without worrying that something might happen to me. Transportation is very cheap. Public transport such as jeeps and taxis are still available even in the wee hours in the morning. Their are a lot of cheap restaurants around the city. Even malls are everywhere. The only problem here is the weather and the traffic specially during rush hours. And since Kadayawan(a yearly festival) is fast approaching, traffic would be far heavier than before.
#Steve B on Jul 21, 2014 :
My girlfriend lives in Manila, which is generally a MUCH more expensive city. She makes about 40,000 p monthly. Her rent is 20,000 for a one bedroom. She is able to make ends meet, in MANILA. 1000 US, or 40,000 p in Davao City, should go MUCH further. It's true that medicine (doctor visits etc) can be more expensive... Meds are generally Far Cheaper.

I've been to the Phils 3 times, and spent a total of several months there. I could live very well on 1000 US monthly. My gf wants to move to Davao City, because of the low crime, low cost of living (especially compared to manila), pleasant environment (most beautiful city in the phils to some), and great social miliue. Foreigners are well accepted there, as the comments above reflect.

Get a new girl-friend.

#carol on Jul 09, 2014 :
I lived here in davao city almost 3 yrs. I love davao. You can buy cheaper food/products in bankerohan or in downtown. Here are my expenses evry month:
Small room rent (boardinghouse) - 1,500.00 including water bill.
Electricity (i have aircon, flat screen tv and heater) - 1,000.00 pesos
Grocery - 1,500.00 pesos
Food - 50.00 pesos per day x 30 days total of 1,500.00 pesos per month.
Transportation - 20.00 - 30.00 pesos a day for only in jeepneys and tricycles.
So, i spent approximately 6,000.00 - 7,000.00 pesos a month. Medical and other expenses is not included.
#Samsung on May 21, 2014 :
Thinking about a move from cebu to davao city,is internet well build example g4,high speed dsl for working online from there?
#Anonymous on May 05, 2014 :
How do you find a cheap apartment not targeted towards foreigners?
#Lars on Apr 29, 2014 :

Your friend has a golddigger, most of the pinoys/pinays have an income of 12.000P. He is sending her 40.000P, and it isn't enough??? Come on, kick her ass and take another one...
#Lars on Apr 29, 2014 :
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 49,027.46 ₱
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 384,055.46 ₱

Is this correct??
#JOhn on Apr 18, 2014 :
@ROB, Those prices are way high for Doctor visit, might cost 300 peso to 1000 are high but depends how much they bought. I lived there, in Mindanao for 16 months, its very affordable. 40,000 Peso is plenty for a month. For sure, if she has family , that is supporting all. Its they way there, so he should get used to that. I could live on 500 Peso a day , do the math...that's 15,000... so I don't know what bills they have. etc.....
#Anonymous on Apr 12, 2014 :
The price listed seemed accurate. You can't make it precisely accurate for a daily pricing but at least this gives you an idea. For the Rob# I would say that he is being used, as if he is trying to fill a bottomless pit. I feel for you, i have family members in the Philippines who doe this. Try to get out! that's my advise.
#Oz on Apr 01, 2014 :
1) Is $1,000 sufficient enough to live comfortably for 1-week?
2) Are there brothels?
3) How much Pesos equals a dollar?
4) Do cops need to be paid off, like in Mexico?
5) Do I need to bring my fire arms?
#jo on Mar 25, 2014 :
i don't think the prices on top is up to date. since every day in the Philippines there will be changes specially the market price of food. i am living in uae and would like to know how much is the cost of living in davao. its really hard to make a budget if their all spending to the things they don't need. making a living as an ofw is not as simple as it looks.
#Roy on Mar 13, 2014 :
Sir, my name is Roy, and this is correct. Because the culture is different and the things that she pays for is not what you expect to pay for anywhere else in the world. Example, you have to pay people to be character references, in order to quality to purchase certain things.
#Rob on Feb 20, 2014 :
Help, I have a friend who is married to a woman with three kids and support her about 40,000 pesos
a month and yet it never seems to be enough. She is outside Davao in a three bedroom house and every week or two needs an extra 4000 pesos ie... no food, medicine, the latest is an ulcer. Precription Nexium 5,800, motilium 1,100, Ciprobay 500 total 7,400 pesos for an ulcer not including the 6,000 he sent for her to see the doctor. Can anyone give me an idea of is he being ripped off or not. I have always smelled a scam, ideas ? Thank you for any help.
#Rashid on Feb 17, 2014 :
Just retired and live here in Davao City after several years of working in the Middle East. Life here is perfect; food cheap, good restaurants and big malls, city is clean and tropical fruits are everywhere! I love golden pineapples the most. The city is safe, you can go anywhere without the fear of getting mob. People mind their own business.

The only complaint I have is that I'm still adjusting to the humidity in this tropical city. It's so humid that I just want to hibernate in my room or stay the rest of my mornings in airconned malls.
#Reggie on Feb 13, 2014 :
No smoking in public, employees make 200- 400 pesos a day =4.40-8.80 $ most work 10-13 hours. criminal how the people must endure bs to survive.
#will on Feb 10, 2014 :
im living here now. its crazy how cheap rent, taxis and food is. exchange rate makes no diffence. its dirt cheap
#Abide Pala on Jan 14, 2014 :
FOR FOREIGNS : Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre : Min 12,000 - 18,000 PHP ( 300 - 400 USD.)
#Lee on Jul 02, 2013 :
yeah crazy shit aint it...shame we cant live there and earn the money like we do in the western world :D
#Mladen on Apr 25, 2013 :
The website updates exchange rates daily.
#jack on Apr 25, 2013 :
Hmm i always wonder how accurate this is, i am sure these costs are, but i am sure exchange rate should have bearing?

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