Cost of Living in Hanoi

Summary of cost of living in Hanoi, Vietnam:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1.96 $ 1.38-4.91
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 23.57 $ 19.64-58.93
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.93 $ 3.54-5.89
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.08 $ 0.59-1.96
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.77 $ 1.18-2.95
Cappuccino (regular) 1.88 $ 0.98-2.95
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.46 $ 0.35-0.98
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.27 $ 0.20-0.39
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.19 $ 4.46-6.84
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.36-1.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.42 $ 0.27-0.53
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.67 $ 0.94-2.36
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.47 $ 1.78-8.91
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.71 $ 0.80-2.24
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.68 $ 2.67-5.70
Apples (1 lb) 1.60 $ 0.71-2.32
Banana (1 lb) 0.48 $ 0.36-0.71
Oranges (1 lb) 0.79 $ 0.34-1.78
Tomato (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.27-0.89
Potato (1 lb) 0.46 $ 0.27-0.71
Onion (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.36-1.07
Lettuce (1 head) 0.75 $ 0.39-1.57
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.53 $ 0.39-0.94
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.79 $ 6.29-15.72
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.84 $ 0.59-1.31
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.45 $ 0.79-2.36
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1.38 $ 1.18-2.36
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.31 $ 0.28-0.39
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 7.86 $ 5.89-13.75
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.63 $ 0.43-0.79
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.95 $ 0.76-1.26
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.55 $ 1.38-11.79
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.50 $ 3.27-3.77
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 39,290.00 $ 29,467.50-47,148.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,705.13 $ 28,485.25-31,432.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 85.39 $ 43.22-166.98
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 5.41 $ 3.93-7.86
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 8.56 $ 5.89-11.79
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.84 $ 11.79-58.93
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.46 $ 5.89-15.72
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.71 $ 3.14-5.89
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 245.56 $ 157.16-392.90
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,885.81 $ 8,643.80-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 31.88 $ 11.79-58.93
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.27 $ 15.68-78.58
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.97 $ 47.15-117.87
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 85.78 $ 39.29-196.06
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 340.36 $ 196.45-550.06
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 213.64 $ 117.87-392.90
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 881.48 $ 644.36-1,375.15
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 601.14 $ 392.90-982.25
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 233.26 $ 182.51-438.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 129.49 $ 107.68-182.51
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 477.27 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.95 6.00-13.00

Prices in Hanoi

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Last update: June 2024
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4 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2022:
Hanoi is the most advertised place in Vietnam.Many foreigners own companies huge high rise apartment buildings.Rents start at 20,000,000 per month for a one bedroom one bath apartment up to 100,000,000 vnd for larger apartments.Ho Chi Minh used to be much cheaper but it's quickly catching up with Hanoi.Foreign investments are the reasons why it's become unaffordable in general for both cities.
Anonymous on Jul 15, 2022:
I am surprised by how expensive fruits and other food is in Vietnam, its on par with the most developed countries in Europe. How are people surviving in Vietnam with those low salaries? In China its even worse from what I can see on Numbeo (food is even more expensive in China than Europe).

If anyone is thinking about saving money, I would recommend working in Europe over Vietnam.....
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2021:
As a traveling blogger I couldn't recommend visiting Hanoi for this reason. Europeans are seen as ATMS not some of the time but most of the time.Air b&b prices will be atleast twice as much.Street food or restaurant food the same plus anything else you buy will be high priced,there's no avoiding it so be prepared.
Long on Nov 25, 2020:
Hello there! I'm a web developer living in Vietnam. Most local people make 6 or 7 million dong, I'm making 15 million because developers and foreigners are on demand. Before this, I worked as an English teacher earning 500k per hour, so in a week or two I made enough money for the whole month.

Local people live in rooms that cost 2 or 3 million tops. But they are very basic, perhaps only a bed and a toilet. I wanted something with my own kitchen, bed and tv so I pay 4.5 million plus bills, for a total of around 5 million every month.

15 million is a really good salary for Hanoi. For a local I mean. Most English teachers make easily 20 or 30 million. If you are a native English speaker looking for an adventure, come to Hanoi! Finding job as a teacher is super easy (as of 2020).

If you make more than $1000 then you will be definitely fine. I make $600 and I live a local lifestyle (public transportation, visit mostly Vietnamese pubs/restaurants, shop at local markets) and I get to send a third of my salary to my family every month.