Cost of Living in Bangkok

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 49.88
Rent Index: 24.84
Groceries Index: 54.74
Restaurants Index: 24.58
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 37.84
Local Purchasing Power: 46.36
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 60.00 ฿ 50.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 ฿ 500.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 160.00 ฿ 140.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 ฿ 50.00-90.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 130.00 ฿ 90.00-180.00
Cappuccino (regular) 71.33 ฿ 40.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 17.65 ฿ 14.00-30.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.95 ฿ 7.00-14.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 199.98 ฿ 132.49-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 33.96 ฿ 20.87-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 20.18 ฿ 15.88-44.77
Eggs (12) 58.63 ฿ 40.00-84.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 247.41 ฿ 90.72-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 48.44 ฿ 31.75-90.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 169.71 ฿ 90.72-294.84
Apples (1 lb) 46.20 ฿ 31.75-67.59
Banana (1 lb) 22.49 ฿ 18.14-27.22
Oranges (1 lb) 33.86 ฿ 27.22-45.36
Tomato (1 lb) 18.40 ฿ 11.34-22.68
Potato (1 lb) 27.71 ฿ 13.61-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 19.75 ฿ 13.61-22.68
Lettuce (1 head) 34.17 ฿ 20.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.96 ฿ 13.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 700.00 ฿ 500.00-900.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 58.61 ฿ 50.00-80.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 103.93 ฿ 60.00-160.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 120.00 ฿ 100.00-125.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 35.00 ฿ 20.00-42.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,200.00 ฿ 700.00-1,400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 ฿ 35.00-35.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 9.66 ฿ 8.05-16.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ฿ 120.00-180.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 101.68 ฿ 90.85-121.13
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 850,000.00 ฿ 764,566.11-1,350,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 812,547.76 ฿ 700,000.00-1,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,649.53 ฿ 1,500.00-4,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.93 ฿ 1.00-3.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 599.31 ฿ 400.00-700.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,262.88 ฿ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 291.82 ฿ 150.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 200.00 ฿ 170.00-250.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,917.67 ฿ 4,166.67-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 350,000.00 ฿ 150,000.00-700,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,081.74 ฿ 1,350.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,098.75 ฿ 600.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,982.81 ฿ 2,000.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,508.70 ฿ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 19,430.98 ฿ 10,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,563.21 ฿ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 63,744.97 ฿ 35,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 28,089.60 ฿ 15,000.00-45,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 13,109.54 ฿ 11,148.27-18,580.45
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,393.86 ฿ 4,645.11-7,432.18
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 25,268.52 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.02 3.50-6.75

Prices in Bangkok, Thailand

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Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Bangkok is 50.12% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 563.94$ (19,455.88฿) and for four person family at 2,046.97$ (70,620.60฿) (without rent).
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54 Comments so far

#glenn haffner on Mar 03, 2017 :
cost of breakfast----buffet on soi 5-would be 200 baht
#Neha on Jan 17, 2017 :
What will be expat IT Developer salary with 4 years experience in Bangkok ?
#TheJohn on Dec 27, 2016 :
James, depends on how much party you do, your standard of living and if the sum is before/after taxes. For 8 days of party I would budget around 50k-60k BHT. So the 80k that you talk about is pretty low...
#james on Dec 12, 2016 :
i have an offer for Software developer around 80000 Bhat per month, Is this amount good enough to survive in Bangkok. I am single, like to go out travel and partying every weekend. bla blaa...
#Sassy girl on Nov 19, 2016 :
Please let me know the average price of breakfast in Bangkok
#Sarah on Nov 19, 2016 :
This website is pretty good.It just needs to add the price of breakfast in Bangkok.
#TrulyBlue on Oct 31, 2016 :
I also forgot to ask for a recommendation of where to start (who to contact) to find rentals without getting taken to the cleaners as a foreigner, until I can learn Thai. Thanks.
#TrulyBlue on Oct 31, 2016 :
Hi, I am considering retiring to Bangkok. From the contributors to the "pollution" tab, it appears the city may be noisy and dirty. Could someone please provide some insight. Also, in researching the type of visa I need, it doesn't seem clear. Any ideas? Thank you.
#Dave on Oct 20, 2016 :
Bangkok is pretty cheap if you can eat local food found in markets, street vendors, food courts, The closer to the BTS and MRT the higher the rent will be but there are reasonable condos to rent a few km from the stations. If you don't mind a 15 minute mini tuktuk for 7 baht to and from the BTS/home it's eas to find a cheap room.

Dining can be expensive if you are constantly eating in western restaurants and bars. Happy Hour pints of local beer are about 100 baht. You can buy a 5k bag of rice for 80 baht - that will last a single person a long time.
#Rondle Andrews on Jul 31, 2016 :
I'm retired living on approximately $1,200 per month. Can I live on this income in Bancock Thailand.?
#Amit on May 31, 2016 :
Hi All,
I am currently based out of India and getting salary 70000 BHT per month, where I don't have to pay any rent because i have my own house, I have an offer from Thailand in Travel company near City centre complex they offered me 150000 BHT per month as salary.

Can you suggest me what would be cost of living in bangkok compare to India , in India i dont have to pay rent only food and bit of travel thats it.

how is the room rent in BKK? , i have to travel along with my wife and no kids.

Is this good decision to move to bangkok , can you tell me all about costs near by my work place near Pratuwman?

Waiting to hear back quickly.

#Zune on Apr 11, 2016 :
I will study in Bangkok for 3 years
What will be my approximate expenditure with food,rent and transportation????
Please let me know
#John Delling on Mar 01, 2016 :
Hi guys,

In the summer a friend of mine and me will come to Bangkok to study for 5 months. As we are currently students in Germany we have no idea about the costs within the 5 months.
Can you tell us the approximate monthly rental costs for an apartment in the city center (2BR) and average daily living costs for food & drinks?

Any other information are very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

#VisaWaiverToTaiwan on Feb 06, 2016 :
request Thailand to clarify its criteria on visa waiver for Taiwan.

Taiwan is not granted Thailand's visa waiver until now though the following 3 regions with Taiwan equivalent have been already granted Thailand's visa waiver.
1. Hong Kong - 1 month visa waiver
2.Japan - 1 month visa waiver
3.South Korea - 3 month visa waiver
So it is unfair for Thailand heaping discrimination on Taiwan it doesn't like through the diplomacy of unfair visa restriction.

Anyway, Taiwan government is a fool until so far not realizing to respond Thailand's targeted visa discrimination action. Taiwan should have banned business investment to Thailand altogether in response to Thailand's targeted visa discrimination action decades ago. Taiwan shall realize one day, not far from now and takes actions that shall damage Thailand's economy badly.

Thailand still has a chance to mend its mistake before Taiwan realizes to take action blockading or stopping altogether business investment into Thailand in response to Thailand's targeted visa discrimination action.

Thailand must show sincerity for its wrongdoing by granting the visa waiver to Taiwan with the condition not less than South Korea the soonest possible before it is too late to the extent of no turning back.
#Golf on Feb 02, 2016 :
Im thai and i wanna say that the living cost in Bkk is up to each person. you can rent a single room for 3000-6000 THB per month or you can rent an apartment for 80000 THB per month in the center of Bkk. it's really up to you. for food it's very cheap, most teachers who come from the west prefer to eat in the restaurant because the weather here is very hot, so the price will be around 100-150 THB.
#VV on Jan 06, 2016 :
Hey Guys,

I am earning comforatbly well in India and based out of Bangalore. My salary here is 64 Lakhs INR (~100,000 USD). I am getting to move to Bangkok, what should be my salary ask? If my monthly saving should be around 5500 USD, what should be the salary ask to live as a couple.

#joe on Dec 27, 2015 :
Can I live on a retirement of 1861 as a single man?
#Pao on Nov 03, 2015 :
Price of a first hand Volkswagen in Thailand cannot be that cheap. It should be around 2-3 million baht.
#LookMoo on Oct 17, 2015 :
Yes, 60K Baht is OK. But for white people this is regard as a entry salary. Once you write and read Thai (takes you 6-12 months of dedication), you will have far better offers. DON'T fall into the trap only speaking English.
#Gregfox on Aug 06, 2015 :
Hi to all!

I am offered a job in Bangkok. They are offering me 60,000THB per month. I will pay everything room, transportation, food etc.

Do you think they offer reasonable? Will I survive with savings or break even?

Thank you in advance....Please help!
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 :
You can rent single room apartment in Bangkok for 4500 bahts plus electriy with an account 2000 to 3000 during summer. Deposit charged one month rent. Rent in Mumbai much more costlier and more for electricity with Internet connection daMN slow. Expenaive for high speed Internet in Mumbai
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 :
This site give total false information. I live in Thailand and bangkok is comparatively much cheaper than Mumbai. Don't misguide people here and review information from people who actually visit place. Stop putting false information
#Anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 :
This site give total false information. I live in Thailand and bangkok is comparatively much cheaper than Mumbai. Don't misguide people here and review information from people who actually visit place. Stop putting false information
#Rick on Jun 20, 2015 :
Hello especially Mr. #Luke Hulm from the message sent here on May 17, 2015 :
Can you please contact me to give me the location and name of the building you are in. I need a place to live from 30th. June for at least 3 months. And your descriptions totally fits my needs and wallet (around 6k to maximum 10k per month). Thank you very much in advance! Rick My LINE id: ricknetherlands
#Luke Hulm on May 17, 2015 :
I would agree with all prices barring apartment rent.
The prices given may be normal for expat's living in luxurious accommodation or because they are unable to determine when they are being taken for a ride.

Decent apartments are available for at least half the rates listed. My partner and I rented a very large (55sqm) one bedroom apartment in OnNut not long ago (not far from the Skytrain) for 6,000baht per month on an ongoing basis. It was not luxurious and sparsely furnished but in a very safe area, clean, with air-con in a small complex. Included internet and basic tv with additional for electricity.

Bangkok has certainly gotten more expensive over the years and is not the bargain it once was (especially if you want to buy an apartment) but still represents pretty good value if you are earning a decent wage.
#GLENN HAFFNER on Mar 30, 2015 :
for lynette smith---my advise is to do plenty of research on line. apartments are cheaper the further away you go from the bts sky train.-what is your age and job skills?--you can survive on 16000- 20000 thb a month, but this very survival money!
#Lynnette Smith on Mar 02, 2015 :
I want to move to Bangkok. But I am poor. Any advice?
#Mallesham on Feb 03, 2015 :
Hi Friends, I want to move to Bangkok to work in Rayong Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (RAIST)University. So any one could help me how much approximate room rent per month (For me, my wife and my daughter) near RAIST and approximate cost of living for average living in Bangkok. I will get ~70000 Thai Baht per month, is it reasonable salary?
Thank you in advance.
#Young Thai Employee on Jan 09, 2015 :
I would like to add some info on the income.
The minimum salary for a bachelor's degree graduate is THB15,000 a month.
However, for a decent company, the graduate the income after tax is THB30,000-THB50,000 (including bonus)

You starting salary might be low but some company give a bonus of 6 months, in other words you are getting paid 18 months salary in one year. So you should ask about the average bonus a company give in a year before calculating your annual net salary.
#goodlook on Jan 06, 2015 :
We have nice ,cheap , quiet , clean apartment for short term rental.

Studio 18 sqm = 1-5 months / THB 4,600
Studio 21 sqm = 1-5 months / THB 5,600

Studio 18 sqm = 6 months / THB 3,600
Studio 21 sqm = 6 months / THB 4,600

We are close to local fresh and night market, skytrain, and shopping mall
Easy to find many types of vehicles : taxi, motor bike taxi, two rows bus..
If you are interested to get more details. Please add me Line ID is imaylook. Thank you :)
#Manan on Nov 12, 2014 :
What will be approximate cost of decent living for a couple and one child. Not super luxurious but more than just decent. Or imagine a living in an apartment around 25K in Bangalore India, what will be the same kind of living cost in Bangkok.
#Indio on Oct 24, 2014 :
Hi to all!

I am offered a job in Bangkok. They are offering me 60,000THB per month. I will pay everything room, transportation, food etc.

I am single at mid 30's. Do you think they offer reasonable? Will I survive with savings or break even?

Thank you in advance....Please help!
#Ambuj on Aug 26, 2014 :
I am geetin a oppertutiny to work in a Restaurant in Bangkok. They are oofer me 40000 Bhatt. company also provide me Food , accomodation, and transpotation. pl, let me guide this is a good package and how much can i save it. I am a single person.
#Oliver on Aug 20, 2014 :
Though apartment rent is very reasonably priced, the electric is exorbitant. Apartment owner pays about 3.7 thai baht for kilowatt hour, then more than doubles to the renters for 8 thai baht per kilowatt hour. Selling the electric for such high increases hurts the Thais and the Foreigners. Maybe the Generals should take a look at this scam..
#Asia Internship Programme on Jul 08, 2014 :
Doing an internship in Thailand is most exciting experience. We provide the accommodation, transportation, health insurance and if is there require we have a service for visa too. If you decided to do an internship in Bangkok, which is cost really cheap. Of course monthly cost depends on your expenses. However 300 USD will be enough to live in Bangkok. And probably if you want to see more things cost will increase.

Good Luck :)

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#John Ban on Jul 04, 2014 :
I am from India and I want to open a holiday home consisting 5 to 6 rooms where peoples can go and stay their comfortably from India and if they want they can also cook themselves. I want to know everything regardng this. So that I can send our friends, relatives, office friend etc. to that place. I also want to know the price of essestial commodities, electrcity charges, medical expenes, transport, local bus, taxi, doctor's fees. etc.

#Pierre on Jun 14, 2014 :
Can someone help with rental amount for a two bed room apartment in Soi 57...tks
#PN on Apr 06, 2014 :
I'll say the cost of living a decent life here is about 30000 baht per month (everything included) but of course it also depend on where you will be staying during the time, nothing fancy with less than 30000 baht per month but you can definitely survive.
#Soumya Dev on Apr 01, 2014 :
HI, I am getting an offer for a position in Bangkok for 1,900,000 Baht per annum. My office is located in Sukhumvit, and would want to stay in the same area. I am planning to shift with my wife and 2 year old son. Can you let me know if the package is good enough for a family to live a good lifestyle (not lavish) in Bangkok
#Arif Momin on Mar 11, 2014 :
Please tell an approximate figure for an average living per month in Bangkok including room rent, food and other necessities. Is 1,45,000Baht/month a good earning to survive in Bangkok?
#shally on Feb 21, 2014 :
Buy apartment not that cheap too .. insome city centers likes asok, chitlom about 7000-8000 USD per sqm or more .. in Silom Lumphni park area about 5000 USD per sqm..other a little bit far place with metro about 3000 USD per sqm . Not that cheap. This ad makes bkk too cheap. Don't forget you are foreigners , you can not living with local Thai people. You won't suit there.narrow, dirty ,crowded area .and taxis always charge charge and charge . 1000 Europe dollar , just enough for living without high quality
#shally on Feb 21, 2014 :
Food not that cheap .. street food ok , 40-50 baht with small size super small size .. but in restraunt not that price . Western food about 400 baht per plate , Japanese food about 300 baht per set ( small size too ). But if you don't mind about the fly, rats and filthy air ,you can get cheaper street food
#Hukku Jan Chan on Feb 01, 2014 :
My salary is same as my Room Rent and other expenditure. No saving..... :)
#Jin Peng Chan on Jan 17, 2014 :
No ..depends what quality you want in Bkk.. I ve been here for 4 years . But most of my friends who living here forlong time. They don't think its veep cheap than Europe. A little cheap only . Ok . If you , two person living in a one bed room condominium in the city .which close to sky train . it would cost 800 USD or above . And about 200 USD you can get. Just a small room or no air with semi furniture like that .but but. Most of the owner they charge two times your bill from water electric. For transportation? Two stations 23 baht. Ok ? More longer more expensive.if you transfer to another line ,pay again ! Anyway.don't think its very cheap in Bkk. Not so different with your hometown country .
#Pinkmoon on Nov 28, 2013 :
I've been living in BKK for the last 6 months, and I am amazed at how accurate the data is here for the city. Despite the tremendous variations in budgets and lifestyles, the cost of renting is correctly reflected in the figures. However, the variations are incredible in BKK. I personally know people who pay 5,000 for a room, and at the other end 125,000 for a two-bed luxury apartment. I think 20,000 is a very good ball-park figure.
#homakov on Oct 21, 2013 :
that's not true! i rent decent studio with 1 year contract for 15k/month in city centre, near Asok, and this is minimum for good place. All rooms for <10k are shady
#Tanisha on Oct 20, 2013 :
the expenses seem more than that of in Malaysia.
#Donald Yeow on Oct 19, 2013 :
Rent in Bangkok is cheap, if you get 1000 euro, equal thai baht 40000 baht, is about to stay at bangkok with air condition room for single is about 6000-8000 baht in sukhumvit area.
food here about 35-40 baht per meal, starbucks coffee 120-160 baht.

consider south east asia top five standard living country.

which means still cheaper than Malaysia, Singapore and Laos.
#O_K_ on Oct 14, 2013 :
Roberta, I might have an internship in bangkok too. 1000euro per month. (per caso sei del polimi? :D )
#Roberta on Sep 13, 2013 :
Hi, I d like to ask if 1000 euros per month is a decent salary to live with in Bangkok. I have never been in Thailand but I might be moving there for an internship, therefore since the salary will be the one indicated I would like to know if it will allow me to live well and without asking further money to family. Thanks!!
#Len Langway on Jul 20, 2013 :
Wife and I have visited Thailand twice and definitely plan to retire there (Bangkok or Chiang Mai) within the next 2 years. This web page have been extremely helpful! Thank you.

Len & Veronica Langway
#Coisa on Jul 08, 2013 :
Somethings are a little wrong...
For example a simple 1 bedroom apartment you can get for about 3000 TBH/month
#Dougie on Jul 02, 2013 :
There is much varioation to rent in Thailand. And most Thais who make the average salary either live with family or have roommates. Also, The most common apartment type is a studio, which can be as low as 4000 baht in the city center, for a fan only room. Outside the city center, on can get a small furnished apartment with A/C for 5-8000, and for around 10,000 baht, one can get a pretty decent place. You can also rent 2-4 bedroom townhouses for 10,000 baht. The trick is to have a Thai friend or speak Thai yourself, then you can find good deals. Places catering to foreigners are typically more expensive than places of equal quality catering primarily to Thais.
#d on May 06, 2013 :
so rent is the same price as salary!