Cost of Living in Dhaka

Summary about cost of living in Dhaka:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 ৳ 200.00-350.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 900.00 ৳ 600.00-1,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 450.00 ৳ 320.00-650.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 250.00 ৳ 200.00-333.46
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 425.00 ৳ 300.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 169.29 ৳ 100.00-300.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 23.92 ৳ 15.00-30.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 14.25 ৳ 12.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 253.62 ৳ 170.34-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 38.40 ৳ 27.22-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 22.87 ৳ 20.41-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 98.57 ৳ 85.00-120.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 191.16 ৳ 113.40-294.84
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 122.17 ৳ 68.04-181.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 220.48 ৳ 199.58-249.48
Apples (1 lb) 66.42 ৳ 45.36-81.65
Banana (1 lb) 44.78 ৳ 25.40-63.50
Oranges (1 lb) 69.75 ৳ 45.36-113.40
Tomato (1 lb) 29.31 ৳ 18.14-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 11.69 ৳ 9.07-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 15.51 ৳ 11.34-22.68
Lettuce (1 head) 28.33 ৳ 12.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 26.25 ৳ 25.00-35.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ৳ 700.00-2,500.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 182.44 ৳ 150.00-300.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 364.44 ৳ 280.00-450.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 220.00 ৳ 166.73-220.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 ৳ 25.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ৳ 900.00-1,739.13
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 60.00 ৳ 40.00-90.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 56.33 ৳ 40.23-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 200.00 ৳ 120.00-250.10
Gasoline (1 gallon) 343.15 ৳ 302.83-378.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,500,000.00 ৳ 1,800,000.00-3,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,624,008.09 ৳ 1,700,000.00-4,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,254.67 ৳ 2,000.00-5,123.62
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.08 ৳ 0.60-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,745.00 ৳ 1,000.00-4,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,833.33 ৳ 1,000.00-4,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 761.11 ৳ 300.00-1,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 375.00 ৳ 250.00-500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,227.27 ৳ 2,000.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,466,666.67 ৳ 385,000.00-2,000,764.22
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,787.83 ৳ 1,450.00-4,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,352.24 ৳ 1,000.00-4,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,625.00 ৳ 3,500.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,762.22 ৳ 2,500.00-6,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,888.89 ৳ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,294.12 ৳ 5,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 39,565.22 ৳ 26,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,666.67 ৳ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,674.12 ৳ 4,999.96-14,999.88
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,912.61 ৳ 3,251.58-6,999.94
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 27,368.42 ৳
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 11.09 8.00-15.00

Prices in Dhaka

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Last update: November 2017
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20 Comments so far

#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.
#Md.Shafin Khan on Jan 21, 2017 :
I want to know how much monthly salary in Calgary and Edmonton city of Canada?How much monthly living cost there?
#Anonymous on Jan 18, 2017 :
Um really fucked up not seeing the aforementioned statistics but for the comments and reactions regarding BD !!
#iat7b on Dec 27, 2016 :
#fucku banglades

Interesting how you are repaying the hospitality we, the Bangladeshi people have extended toward you. We'll appreciate it if you choose to stay away from our country. While at it, maybe, try to improve your grammer and spelling.
#Alfred on Oct 15, 2016 :
I am surprised about the prices given for renting an apartment. For me as a foreigner, in Gulshan 1 + 2 and Banani the range os rather 55.000 - 90.000 BDT and up per month, not including additional fees and utilities.
#fucku banglades on May 08, 2016 :
Bangladesh sucks. Government officials suck, people sucks, its the worst place I have ever visit and i have visit a lot of shitty places. This fucking hole is the worst of all of them.
It need a bomb to explode and release this stupid people from them stupid lifes.
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2015 :
Now, considering the pollution, traffic, security and cost of living Dhaka is the worst city to live. You believe it or not.
#abraham on Jul 07, 2015 :
i want some one who give me information in dhaka ,iam student and i want to go dhaka university
#Golam Mostafa on Apr 07, 2015 :
Hi everybody, living cost and others are not as much as you think. If anybody need any apartment, hotel, food information, internet solution etc. so on please contact me 01726269770 or write me to <>, please be noted that I am not a broker or any business part of above, I just want to help foreigners who are facing this kind of problems. I am a garments stock lot seller/exporter in Bangladesh. Thanks you for your kind attention.
#Nazneed on Sep 27, 2014 :
How much does it cot to buy a shop .. like a space where I can do my own business in Dhaka?
#Md. Abdul Motaleb on Sep 16, 2014 :
I will get a rich man. But how? Please give me some advise. My salary is BDT 15,000.00
#Sanjay Khilari on Sep 06, 2014 :
Dear Sir, It is very useful information about Bangladesh. It si very useful information for study the country. Thank you very much. Sanjay Khilari ( Mumbai, India )
#Ferdous on Jul 10, 2014 :
Dear All,
I am really surprised to see the different type of experience for living cost in Dhaka-Bangladesh. I am working in a foreign company. my company owner is korean. I am dealing all expense by my hand for company owner. we are living in Uttara,Sector -11, Dhaka. which is very near in Dhaka air i know so many foreigner living in this area. we are paying house rent per month $300/month (3bed, 1 drawing, 1dining, 1 guest room.1 servant room, 4 toilet, 4 veranda,+ utility $100/month ( including lift+generator+gaz+car parking+electric bill etc, for food also cheap than all over the world. i am not advertising for you, just share with you my experience. if any body need my help then pls contact with me. I will help you. e-mail: mobile: +8801830875116
#Asad on Mar 08, 2014 :
I think the price list are for locals only. Market prices are local traditional market price. if you go to departmental store it will cost more. 400 is the minimum combo meal price to any midlevel restaurant. Where mostly Bangladeshi people go. You can get meal from a road side restaurant with the cost of 200. Living cost are also to live in Bangladeshi neighbourhoods not the places where foreigners stay.
#GANESH VIDHATE on Feb 27, 2014 :
What are the rates of diesel and petrol in Dhaka.
#Daniel on Feb 05, 2014 :
Shane-My wife is taking a position with her company (NGO)that has an office in Gulshan. What should we expect to pay for a 150-200m2 apartment equivalent to a 3-4 star hotel in Europe or the US? Also, regarding transportation, how readily available are taxi's in Gulshan? Thanks for your help.
#Shane on Dec 12, 2013 :
William, you are correct in regard to there being beer made locally in Bangladesh, however, these 2 breweries do so under the condition that their products can only be exported or sold through the very few licensed outlets in Bangladesh. Other than a couple of up-market hotels such as the Westin and Radisson, and the bonded warehouses, and a couple of 'gentlemen's' clubs such as the Chittagong Club, Gulshan Club and Dhaka Club; the only other business allowed under Bangladesh law to sell alcohol is the Parjatan Corporation, which is the Bangladesh tourism bureau owned by the Bangladesh government. Any other outlets selling alcohol are doing so illegally. Whether or not they are asking people for identification is irrelevant as the only Bangladesh citizens legally allowed to consume alcohol in the country are those with a permit which are issued by the Bangladesh government and in most cases only ever issued to the more wealthy and influential. It's not too hard to find black market alcohol being sold in Bangladesh, but this should not be factored into these statistics, especially as much of this alcohol is home brewed and quite often dangerous to drink.
The fact is, Dhaka is an expensive place to live for an expat, which is further exasperated considering the very poor quality of lifestyle that you get for your money.
#Dreamer on Nov 26, 2013 :
#kevin on Sep 19, 2013 :
Very good information - i am trying to actually find a young student there that may be having to drop out of training/school due to lack of funds or one that is good but his family can't afford to help him along. My kids are all grown and finishing up last years of college advanced degrees and i'd enjoy helping one or maybe a few over time, directly, achieve maybe a previously unthinkable oppty to grow, develop and achieve a few dreams.

Anyone know how/who to contact that might help me find such individuals? (universities, or high-schools, or someone you might meet in passing that seems like a good fella that could use a leg-up?

#William on Nov 14, 2013 :
Shane, you make some very good points about the difficulties of applying "city centre" and "outside city centre" to Dhaka. And you do an admirable job of giving specifics in terms of apartment size and costs. All of these comments are spot on.

However, there are some errors when it comes to alcohol. Regardless of the exact status of alcohol consumption in Bangladesh, it is most certainly possible to buy in at liquor stores. It is true that it's hard to find restaurants or hotels that serve it. Even most four-stare hotels in Dhaka don't have alcohol and the waiters will be surprised, a bit shocked even, if you ask for it. But there most certainly are domestic brands of alcohol. Hunter and Crown beer are both made in Bangladesh. In Chittagong there is at least one liquor store (Muslim owned) that openly sells beer, vodka, rum, gin, and brandy. The latter four are all produced in Bangladesh by a local company named Tsarina. I believe there will be several such stores in Dhaka. At these stores, Bangladeshis freely buy liquor and no one asks what their religion is nor whether they have special permission to buy it.

Here is a BBC article from a decade ago about how Hunter and Crown first circumvented the law against "beer": they called their drink a "malt beverage".
#Shane on Nov 04, 2013 :
Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to draw your attention to some glaring inaccuracies in your cost of living data for Dhaka, Bangladesh. Particularly in the area of Rent, Transport, Food and Entertainment.

In regard to rent, there is no City Centre as such i.e., Motijheel is the old business centre of Dhaka, but Gulshan and Banani are where most business is now located, and also the area where the vast majority of expats reside. Rent in these areas ranges from around US$400 p/m for a small 3 bedroom apartment in the older areas up to $2,500 for a larger 3 bedroom apartment in a better area/street. With the exception of the very old and quite often slum areas of Dhaka, there are virtually no 1 bedroom apartments available. In fact 2 bedroom apartments are also quite rare.

In regard to Transport, Bangladesh has an imprt tax on used and new motor vehicles of between 150 and 300%, which means that to import a used VW Golf or equivalent would cost a minimum of US$45K, and more than US$60K for a new one. A second hand one purchased locally, which would be a minimum of 6 years old, would still cost around US$30K.

There is no domestic beer, in fact the consumption of Alcohol in Bangladesh is against the law except for foreigners and some dignitaries. The only places that alcohol can be purchased is in a couple of the 5 star hotels where a 330ml bottle of imported beer costs between US$8 and $13. Alcohol can also be purchased duty free at the expat clubs, but only by diplomats and expats employed by International NGO's.

There is no such thing as a monthly pass on local transport which only consists of buses.

The cost of electricity has risen sharply in the past 2 years, such that the average cost of electricity, gas and water for a 3 bedroom apartment with at least 2 air conditioners is approximately US$120 p/m.

I hope the above information is of assistance, because the many of the prices currently listed on the Numbeo website for Dhaka are very misleading, particularly the cost of rent, which accounts for more than 60% of the cost of living in Dhaka.

PS. I have lived in Dhaka for almost 3 years, but have been visiting the city for business for almost 8.