Cost of Living in Dhaka

Summary about cost of living in Dhaka, Bangladesh:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 155.00 ৳ 100.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,050.00 ৳ 700.00-2,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 500.00 ৳ 450.00-650.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 350.00 ৳ 200.00-699.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 500.00 ৳ 350.00-900.00
Cappuccino (regular) 188.50 ৳ 70.00-300.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 28.32 ৳ 20.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 15.80 ৳ 15.00-20.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 279.99 ৳ 227.12-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 50.24 ৳ 27.22-108.86
Rice (white), (1 lb) 26.72 ৳ 22.68-31.75
Eggs (regular) (12) 106.02 ৳ 84.00-120.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 291.14 ৳ 113.40-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 120.20 ৳ 58.97-181.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 267.54 ৳ 226.80-317.52
Apples (1 lb) 76.80 ৳ 45.36-99.79
Banana (1 lb) 40.72 ৳ 22.68-68.04
Oranges (1 lb) 74.78 ৳ 45.36-136.08
Tomato (1 lb) 29.28 ৳ 9.07-49.90
Potato (1 lb) 14.86 ৳ 9.07-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 24.41 ৳ 15.88-40.82
Lettuce (1 head) 31.07 ৳ 10.00-59.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 27.33 ৳ 20.00-40.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 700.00 ৳ 350.00-2,200.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 213.85 ৳ 100.00-300.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 487.50 ৳ 200.00-780.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 280.00 ৳ 250.00-300.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 42.50 ৳ 30.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,050.00 ৳ 1,200.00-4,347.83
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ৳ 55.00-200.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 64.37 ৳ 32.19-160.93
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 220.00 ৳ 150.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 345.37 ৳ 321.76-378.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,000,000.00 ৳ 2,500,000.00-4,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,701,000.00 ৳ 2,000,000.00-4,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,277.32 ৳ 2,500.00-8,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.30 ৳ 0.60-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,638.60 ৳ 1,400.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,858.06 ৳ 700.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,163.48 ৳ 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 500.00 ৳ 350.00-700.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,400.00 ৳ 2,000.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 218,879.52 ৳ 100,000.00-1,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,435.48 ৳ 1,000.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,500.00 ৳ 1,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,195.92 ৳ 2,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,115.00 ৳ 2,000.00-7,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,040.98 ৳ 8,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,910.71 ৳ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,851.35 ৳ 25,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,632.35 ৳ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 10,474.67 ৳ 7,199.94-14,999.88
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,709.26 ৳ 3,999.97-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 24,355.77 ৳
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.01 7.00-15.00

Prices in Dhaka

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Last update: February 2021
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7 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2020:
The majority food in open markets is tainted to keep longer which can be fatal
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2020:
Chaldal https://chaldal.com/ reflects the local prices well as it's one of the first online grocers in Dhaka, Bangladesh and competes with both supermarkets for the affluent and wet markets for the less affluent (where affluent families also send servants to shop).

I have submitted either the cheapest or the price of the most common type of an item, for example liquid milk that comes in a packet is common and also affordable by both the lower and middle class.

The price of boneless chicken breast is hugely off the mark on Numbeo because for some years (I have been here for 7) already it has been close to 400tk no matter superstore or wet market or a village in the outskirts.

However, for lettuce, there is no head of lettuce being sold here (iceberg lettuce is imported and not usually available). Instead, small bundles of 100g leafy lettuce is sold. I Googled the average weight of a head of lettuce and came up with the price.

Also, prices vary by a huge margin among seasons. Broccoli is 40tk now just after winter, but come proper spring and summer, this goes up to 400tk and sometimes 800tk when there's only imported available. And let's not talk about rice, sugar and other necessities during festive seasons, such as the month of Ramadan, where prices skyrocket for essentials too.

But, Numbeo didn't think Broccoli to be an important vegetable to have in it's listing, or that the average of seasonal variations may thwart the automated checks because they truly are inflating numbers ;)
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2020:
Responding to Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019. The post you are referring to is merely stating some anomalies for Numbeo staff to take into account, in however way they deem fit, if at all - that is, it does not at all look like "bashing". It is pointing at the difficulty of skewness and other biases. Furthermore, the personal information looks like a mishandled, intentional or unintentional copy-paste or reproduction of the original contribution, which is NOT part of the contribution body.
Anonymous on Dec 01, 2019:
Onion price in Bangladesh as on today 1 December, 2019 is BDT 250/kg (local) and imported onion costs BDT 150/kg in retail markets.
Fazlur on Nov 16, 2019:
now onion price per kg1 200taka on hollsell market. maximum peoples are lower classes in Bangladesh.
Anonymous on Sep 04, 2018:
Bangladesh in general is nothing short of a shithole,full of scammers,lived there experienced it for 5 years.The only reasons Bangladeshi's are mesmorized,by tourists,with white skin is because they see an opportunity to extract as much money as possible.All of Bangladesh is the same no matter if it's Dhaka or otherwise.Bangladesh condones huge brothels where women are abused unfortunately while the government looks the other way.Ahh the muslim way of doing business.Nonalcohol drinks rein supreme throughout Bangladesh.BUT the government has their own concoction that's killed many buy just drinking the nonalcohol poison.Uneducated and lazy described bangladeshi's to a T nonprogressive and nonexistent a throwaway race.
Denizen of Dhaka on Apr 03, 2017:
To all those who wrote acrimonious statements, Dhaka is not an easy place to live; nor is it advertised as a resort town. One has to have a reason to be here. It is most definitely not cheap when it comes to the housing market (although prices dropped -- not collapsed -- after the Holey Artisan carnage). Most importantly, however, I do not believe prices are accurate as shown above (BDT 11,000 for a one bedroom in city center is a fantasy; that said, it depends on what this site considers as 'city center'). For those who asked, the Internet is very good. Very reliable. Even for a small monthly fee you get reliability. If you want Western speeds, they are available but you have to pay considerably more. Traffic is of course awful, so longer trips are best saved for the weekend. Gas is readily available, although the nearest gas station might be far away from where you live. Diesel is not readily available and takes time and effort to get. Naturally, there is massive overpopulation and pollution (very similar to India and Pakistan). "BDT 1,000" shows up under "monthly pass." There is no such thing as a monthly pass in Dhaka -- whatever is your mode of transport of choice, you pay by the trip. Car prices are about right as above -- import taxes are brutal. Government bureaucracy is byzantine and dealing with it might take all the strength one has. That said, unlike in many other developing countries, there is a sane organizing principle to Bangladesh, i.e. if there are restrictions, it is almost always possible to deduce their origin (unlike in many other countries where they are products of nothing more than utter incompetence); that somewhat helps the frustration. Currency rules are stringent and complex. Educating yourself about them is the way to go.