Cost of Living in Davao

Summary of cost of living in Davao, Philippines:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 250.00 ₱ 150.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,500.00 ₱ 1,000.00-3,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 ₱ 150.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 66.50 ₱ 50.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 70.00-115.00
Cappuccino (regular) 131.43 ₱ 50.00-175.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 44.43 ₱ 30.00-56.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 30.71 ₱ 20.00-50.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 367.19 ₱ 302.83-492.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 62.60 ₱ 49.90-74.39
Rice (white), (1 lb) 23.64 ₱ 20.41-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 110.50 ₱ 84.00-154.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 141.75 ₱ 113.40-217.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 115.67 ₱ 81.65-136.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 187.11 ₱ 158.76-390.00
Apples (1 lb) 71.52 ₱ 55.79-90.72
Banana (1 lb) 26.04 ₱ 18.14-39.01
Oranges (1 lb) 61.39 ₱ 18.14-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 35.27 ₱ 11.34-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 53.30 ₱ 45.36-73.94
Onion (1 lb) 82.78 ₱ 45.36-113.40
Lettuce (1 head) 75.50 ₱ 25.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 30.20 ₱ 25.00-45.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 500.00 ₱ 375.00-600.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 82.14 ₱ 50.00-120.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 86.25 ₱ 73.00-150.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 150.00 ₱ 140.00-160.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 13.00 ₱ 12.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 800.00 ₱ 600.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 ₱ 40.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 ₱ 20.92-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 100.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 254.72 ₱ 227.12-302.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,300,000.00 ₱ 1,200,000.00-1,300,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,225,000.00 ₱ 1,100,000.00-1,600,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 5,718.75 ₱ 4,000.00-7,437.50
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 1,907.67 ₱ 650.00-2,499.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,783.17 ₱ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,750.00 ₱ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 250.00 ₱ 150.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 200.00-450.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,722.22 ₱ 4,166.67-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 450,000.00 ₱ 400,000.00-500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,000.00 ₱ 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,700.00 ₱ 990.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,300.00 ₱ 3,000.00-5,600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,875.00 ₱ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 17,142.86 ₱ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,100.00 ₱ 7,500.00-13,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,500.00 ₱ 25,000.00-75,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 16,500.00 ₱ 15,000.00-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 12,386.97 ₱ 9,290.23-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,980.55 ₱ 8,361.20-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 23,930.40 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.60 5.50-12.00

Prices in Davao

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Last update: April 2024
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7 Comments so far
Sebastian on May 15, 2024:
The Philippines are not worth the trip. It's more expensive than other SEA countries, including the far more developed Malaysia. The nation grapples with inefficiency and a very slow work pace, often overstaffing which increases costs. Social media's impact ruined local women, making them almost as bad as western women for dating. Furthermore, the country is rife with dating/love scammers eager to exploit. It's also common there for women to struggle with obesity from an early age. Product quality and selection in stores are disappointingly poor. Additionally, infrastructure, such as road quality, is extremely poor. Many drivers will attempt to overcharge foreigners significantly. Most hotels lack hot water, and the internet service is worse than anywhere else I've experienced. So, don't expect too much; you will be disappointed.
Maxim on Dec 11, 2023:
Hi Eleleth,

i live in Davao and i can say that u need in average 30 euros/day including a daily location (minimum 20 euros by day) /transport/food. You can visit many beach resorts in Samal/bat's cave/do snorkeling etc, also visit a small paradise on the island Talicud nearly Samal. I advisHi Eleleth,

i live in Davao and i can say that u need in average 30 euros/day including a daily location (minimum 20 euros by day) /transport/food. You can visit many beach resorts in Samal/bat's cave/do snorkeling etc, also can visit a small paradise on the island Talicud nearly Samal.I advise you to pay in the cash because rates are more low(than or airbnb) if you pay in this way.

Welcome to Samal Island and Davao

Welcome to Samal Island and Davao
Eleleth Hamaliel on Nov 09, 2023:
Good day everyone @ City of Samal, Davao del Norte,

I am planning to visit Davao, City of Samal in February 2024, can anyone help me with places of interest and place to stay for at least 10 days and daily budget needed for simple and safe accommodation at strategic area of Samal. Kindly email, Thank you.
Anon on Feb 15, 2023:
Hello everyone,
Straight to the point, my family and I want to live in Davao, Samal area, I have 2 kids and both are being home schooled, one is 16 and one is 10. My ever fear or concern is running out of money after living for few years in the area. What can anyone suggest for a kind of business venture we can do? America where will be coming from is ok, it’s a good place to be but it is enslaving people what I mean by that is the system is set up to easy loan money to buy houses, cars, clothes whatever you indulge yourself in, then you have to work all the time to pay for it back with interest of course. By this you will never have time and money to do fun things or other important things in life. We want to get out of this rat race.
Anonymous on Aug 16, 2022:
Davao like the rest of Philippines is a scammer country full of deadbeat losers.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2022:
I am leaving in United States since I was 20 years old. I am planning to retired back home. I have two houses one inherited from my parent and one I just have it built three years ago. I am from Davao City , graduated at Davao Doctors College. Going back home each year and stay six months. I have to adjust because in order for you to leave comfortable is to have laid the plan before settling but becareful also because I was deceived with money because of friendliness that is one thing you have to watch. The adjustment are crucial as a naturalized American I am still adjusting but hopefully it will be better to watch the money.
Both houses are in the subdivision. Both adjacent to each other. I have my own caretaker so if anyone wants to rent please call me 727-417-9107 here in Florida. Marian Las Johnson
Anonymous on Jun 13, 2020:
All prices posted here are so so so exagerated.
Our monthly household income is only 30k below yet we live comfortably and at the same time we are ableto set aside life insurance and savings account..