Cost of Living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Prices in Riyadh

Compare Riyadh with:
Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 71.21
Rent Index: 18.83
Groceries Index: 47.50
Restaurants Index: 35.42
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 45.87
Local Purchasing Power: 103.27

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 ﷼
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 ﷼
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 20.00 ﷼
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.00 ﷼
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.99 ﷼
Cappuccino (regular) 9.91 ﷼
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.55 ﷼
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.00 ﷼
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 4.33 ﷼
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.03 ﷼
Rice (white), (1kg) 6.75 ﷼
Eggs (12) 8.03 ﷼
Local Cheese (1kg) 22.72 ﷼
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 17.98 ﷼
Apples (1kg) 6.26 ﷼
Oranges (1kg) 4.66 ﷼
Tomato (1kg) 6.31 ﷼
Potato (1kg) 3.66 ﷼
Lettuce (1 head) 4.36 ﷼
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.09 ﷼
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 68.75 ﷼
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.25 ﷼
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 ﷼
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 ﷼
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ﷼
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 ﷼
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 ﷼
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.00 ﷼
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 ﷼
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.50 ﷼
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 70,000.00 ﷼
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 135.50 ﷼
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.46 ﷼
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 237.22 ﷼
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 340.90 ﷼
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 77.33 ﷼
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 456.00 ﷼
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 250.47 ﷼
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 219.00 ﷼
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 316.61 ﷼
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 284.00 ﷼
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,903.77 ﷼
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,275.03 ﷼
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,355.60 ﷼
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,378.40 ﷼
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,666.67 ﷼
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,266.67 ﷼
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 7,737.68 ﷼
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.11

These data are based on 1483 entries in the past 18 months from 181 different contributors.

Last update: April, 2014

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38 Comments so far

#Khurshid alam on Apr 17, 2014 :
Dear friends i want to work in saudi arabia in account field..i have 1 years exprience in tally tds,vat,esi,pf etc & present my salary is Rs 8000 (indian rupee) i want to do work in saudi arabia so what i would my salary expectation in that i can save minimum of indian Rs 50,000 per month.after deducting all my living expenses..plz friend help me my mail id is
#Sherif M on Apr 16, 2014 :
Dears, I got a new offer to work in Riyadh as service delivery manager, I'll bring my family; my wife and three children 9,7,1 years. if the employer is talking about inclusive offer that include everything in one amount in addition to family medical insurance, what is the minimum accepted offer?

Thanks in advance
#mohamed ibrahim on Apr 16, 2014 :
hello everyone
i have got an offer in a famous transportation company and the offer was:
basic salary 2500 and the housing allowance 625 and the transportation allowance is 250
and the place of work will be is Shumaisy city , i want to know that that offer will be good for me and for my accommodation at that city or what ????
Please anyone tell me what i can do ? please send me your answer at my mail ( )
and i will be very grateful for your help

mohamed ibrahim
#M.Ayoub on Apr 11, 2014 :
Hi I have offer from Riyadh its gelato maker and dessert chef job
They offer me 1200 sr basic 200 food allowance + 0.015 sale commotion + medical + accomodition tell me this offer good for me or not plz help me this is my first forgn job
#M.Ayoub on Apr 11, 2014 :
Hi I coming to Riyadh plz tell me how many budget wants for 1 month
#Raja on Mar 24, 2014 :
Dear Friends,

I have got a offer of Rs.8500/- Riyal in saudi arabia.

Please let me know about the cost of living of saudi and how much i can save after deducting all my food and shelter expense.

Please revert back with all the details you know.

Your answer for me helps to build a good career for my future.

#Sunil Khairnar on Mar 14, 2014 :
Is there any entertainment/movies/theators are available in riyadh city?
#r on Mar 10, 2014 :
Unfortunately, I believe it is impossible to live in Riyadh as a single female. The primitive, backwards legal system and absolute monarchy prevent free movement of women throughout the country. Sorry for the bad news.
#Anonymous on Jan 27, 2014 :
What is the cost of living Per day (Us Dollars)
#Janya on Jan 17, 2014 :

I am working in MNC in India (Bangalore), and I just came to know that there is an openings with F&A team who is working from Saudi "Riyadh".. I have asked for process change from India to Saudi "Riyadh".. But it still take a time of 2-3months, but I wanted to check few things before I take decision to shift from India to Saudi Riyadh.

Kindly help me with few details:
1. Is that safe to work their in Riyadh for single female?.
2. I am ot sure wheater Company is providing a transport and food facility, so can any1 suggest me how much salary I have to get to survive my life.. and also I hve to safe @least 10,000k per month..
3. How is the weather in Riyadh?.
4. How is the life stlye in Riyadh?
5. How much an individual have to spend every month on(Food purely Vegetrain, Accomadation,travel and misc).
6. How much family (4 members) have to spend every month on(Food purely Vegetrain, Accomadation,travel and misc).

Kindly reply back ASAP.

Thanks and Regards
#sudhakar babu on Jan 05, 2014 :
Dear Friends,

I have got a offer of Rs.3000/- Riyal in saudi arabia in a very good company.

Please let me know about the cost of living of saudi and how much i can save after deducting all my food and shelter expense.

Please revert back with all the details you know.

Your answer for me helps to build a good career for my future. send ur feedback

#Mohsin Tamboli on Dec 07, 2013 :
i have a job in jeddah as computer operator, they provide 1600 SR + 200 food allowance, is it sufficient. plz tell me i am confuse
#Ektansh on Dec 02, 2013 :
Dear Friends,
Please educate me on my query as mentioned below :
I am an Engineer and an MBA Graduate from a reputed college. I have over 8 yrs of Telecom experience on Technical and Commercial role. Recently i have got an opportunity to work in a Big Saudi Telecomunications Company. They are asking for my expectations.
Since i have no idea about that region, i need your kind help in quoting the right expectations in front of them to have healthy, wealthy and safe life.

Expecting to hear from you soon.

#Nannaba on Nov 29, 2013 :

Request you to let me know if the salary of 13000 SAR Per Month is sufficient in KSA to lead a comfortable life and save
Nannaba Shawkar
#ank on Nov 29, 2013 :
got a job in riyadh @31000 sar (includes 4400 as hra + 600 transport) + medical free as specialist in King saud medicity. can i get a 2 bhk in compound in city centre ?
#Bharath M on Nov 14, 2013 :
Please note my mail id.

Please send all your valuable feedbacks to my id.
#Bharath M on Nov 14, 2013 :
Dear Friends,

I have got a offer of Rs.3000/- Riyal in saudi arabia in a very good company.

Please let me know about the cost of living of saudi and how much i can save after deducting all my food and shelter expense.

Please revert back with all the details you know.

Your answer for me helps to build a good career for my future.

#JOY LYN on Nov 04, 2013 :
Hi good day! By the way I just want to ask about my salary offer in Riyadh as a nurse in polyclinic
#Lerato on Sep 15, 2013 :
I'm a midwife and recently got an offer of 12780SR p/m. Is ths fare and how is accomodation at Security forces?
#chandan singh rawat on Sep 09, 2013 :
I m getting a offer of 10500riyal in riyadh. in alfanaar electricals.
Is this sufficient for me for survive & for savings?
#praneet on Aug 24, 2013 :
I got a job Offer In riyadh. The Package is 5000 sar Per Month. Is This Amount Enough? Would I be Able To Save 2000 sar per month? My Standard Of living Is Decent..pls Answer...
#Manoj on Aug 01, 2013 :
Hi ..
I want to know about the Monthly total living cost in Saudi Arabia including Accommodation, food, transportation, etc.... Plz help me soon..
#sekander on Jul 24, 2013 :
I am sekander Iam going to work in a company in riyadh saudi arabia with in two months by reference of my uncle who is working in same company from 37 years.i will be getting 1200 saudi riyal and this salary ok to live there pls help me can i save money from this salary.
#Saleem on Jul 11, 2013 :
Hello Ramesh,
The mentioned salary offered to you is not up to Saudi standard. For your qualification and experience it should be far higher. But pursuing higher position, hike in salary etc are much easier in Saudi compared to other countries. Simply, if you can prove it, you can grab it. Regarding 'no life' statement by somebody, remember millions of foreigners are living their life for quite so long with all peace of mind.. good luck.
#Saleem on Jul 11, 2013 :
If you are asking about living costs, it is very reasonable and to the quality of food, it is very reliable since it is supervised strictly. And, if you are particular about liquor, girls and night life, it is not a place at all (you may avail them at high risks. After all, it is a better place for those who want to save the money they earn.BR/
#Vincent on Jun 26, 2013 :
Mr.Ramesh, having 19 years experience my best friendly suggestion for you is, please do not try to come to Saudi because there is no life at all, only money which is no use without no life, peace of mind.
#Ramesh on Jun 12, 2013 :
Hi Friends,

im qualified CA with 5 yrs experience in finance, accounts & costing and got offer in Riyadh, Saudi in costing division and salary being offerd per month is 7500 SR(basic)+accomodation+transportation-700+bonus as per comany policy... No food allowances...

Is the offer i got in Saudi is with reasonable salary. How much would i need to spend out of my basic 7000 SR (other then accomodation & transportation)How much could be approxmately i shall spend for food in a month. My standard of living is medium and simple. is 700 transport enough assuming i shall travel 30 mins to reach office daily.

Approxmately how much in total i can save in a month.

Your information will be highly appreciated.

Thank u so much.

Please help me in taking decission in choosing this better offer.
#Ashesbonex on Jun 05, 2013 :
Other than Liquor's and Pork which is not good to your health and not allowed in Riyadh.

Most of the gadgets and boys toys like car's,mobile phones and computers are extremely cheap since there's no taxes.

Most of all you can drive all day and all night GAS is not a problem because 1 litre gas(0.65 Sar) is cheaper than 1 can 300ml of pepsi (1.50 Sar)
#Ashesbonex on Jun 05, 2013 :
To: Paul Sombilon on May 29, 2013 :
I am applying AL DAFFA Company Riyadh, is it enough for a Monthly SALARY of 1,700 + 300 food allowance?

Your monthly salary is ok if your company will housing and transportation.

Thus this salary is good enough maybe 5 years ago. Even food nowadays are expensive. Better refuse that job offer if you want more. :)
#Ashesbonex on Jun 05, 2013 :
DIRHAMS??? are not for Riyadh... it's SAUDI RIYAL..
#Tara on May 30, 2013 :
I am going to get a job in Riyadh and my total package will be 3900 Dirams. Will that money be affordable to live there? How much the renting a apartment/ room for 2 of us in Riyadh city limit?
#Paul Sombilon on May 29, 2013 :

I am applying AL DAFFA Company Riyadh, is it enough for a Monthly SALARY of 1,700 + 300 food allowance?
#concern... on Apr 29, 2013 :
if i stay there and work, it is work it to have a salary of 1,400 for every mo.? Im applying as a salesman, agency here in the PHILIPPINES. I need to sacrifice my someone loves here in the PHILIPPINES...
#anonymus on Jul 23, 2012 :
hi i want to know about the life in saudi it very harsh or simple like india.
i will be earning 700 $ per month will tht be enough for their or not
#Anonymous on Jun 23, 2012 :
Is not possible to purchase beer, wine or other type of alcohol.
Some services such are public transportation are not developed and I'm only doing reference to Taxi, where you have to negotiate the price without a counter. The prices give are my estimations but are more or less accurate.

As well you will be impressed by the price of petrol, but some advantage should have the people living in this country.
#Info on Mar 09, 2012 :
No liquer or drug availble in KSA , Unless u are in US Army.
#Anonymous on Dec 01, 2011 :
#Duxe Sexton on Sep 13, 2011 :

I was recently going through the Cost of Living pages for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and found a glaring error that is so huge it's throwing off its whole index.

Under Markets, some idiot has entered that a mid-priced Bottle of Wine costs $375.00 USD.

Wine is not legally available in Saudi Arabia. In fact, any alcohol in Saudi Arabia is completely illegal, and is not sold in any store or market. So if this is true, this actually reflects the price you might pay some 'drug pusher' down at the street corner; not the price in the supermarket. Were this to stand, you might as well add a new entry for the cost of a gram of heroin in any given city.

Instead, the price should probably be adjusted to $0.00, or the fields for wine and beer programmed within the page so that they cannot be edited.

As it stands, I'm trying to get an accurate read on the Cost of Living in Riyadh, as compared to other cities. However, this one error is so huge that it is completely skewing the whole index, and making the entire city comparison useless.

Thanks so much in advance for correcting this error. I look forward to seeing the actual Cost of Living index, once the correct data is compiled.

-- Duke Sexton.

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