Cost of Living in Hong Kong

Summary about cost of living in Hong Kong, Hong Kong:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 60.00 HK$ 40.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 HK$ 300.00-900.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 40.00 HK$ 35.00-45.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 HK$ 30.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50.00 HK$ 33.90-75.00
Cappuccino (regular) 37.77 HK$ 20.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 8.88 HK$ 6.00-15.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 7.45 HK$ 5.00-15.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 89.86 HK$ 56.78-113.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 13.97 HK$ 9.07-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.43 HK$ 4.54-13.61
Eggs (regular) (12) 28.42 HK$ 14.40-36.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 72.46 HK$ 27.22-149.69
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 36.24 HK$ 13.61-68.04
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 85.57 HK$ 36.29-181.44
Apples (1 lb) 14.68 HK$ 6.80-23.00
Banana (1 lb) 8.59 HK$ 4.54-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 13.16 HK$ 6.80-31.75
Tomato (1 lb) 9.45 HK$ 3.18-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 9.09 HK$ 3.63-18.14
Onion (1 lb) 9.53 HK$ 4.54-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 10.41 HK$ 5.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 12.98 HK$ 8.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 HK$ 80.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 16.17 HK$ 9.90-25.71
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 18.33 HK$ 10.00-30.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 60.00 HK$ 60.00-85.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.00 HK$ 8.00-18.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 492.50 HK$ 400.00-780.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 24.00 HK$ 22.00-27.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 13.68 HK$ 12.07-27.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 102.00 HK$ 80.00-144.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 68.29 HK$ 60.57-75.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 HK$ 235,000.00-300,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 238,300.00 HK$ 220,000.00-275,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,942.79 HK$ 1,062.50-3,777.78
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.81 HK$ 0.20-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 187.52 HK$ 106.00-300.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 590.58 HK$ 300.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 86.31 HK$ 60.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 HK$ 80.00-130.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,304.96 HK$ 4,000.00-10,833.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 141,751.22 HK$ 100,000.00-222,600.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 566.80 HK$ 300.00-800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 273.22 HK$ 120.00-450.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 697.15 HK$ 500.00-900.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 892.07 HK$ 500.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 17,157.89 HK$ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,139.71 HK$ 8,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,323.94 HK$ 25,000.00-55,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23,013.89 HK$ 18,000.00-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 23,506.82 HK$ 17,999.85-29,999.75
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 15,171.14 HK$ 11,148.27-19,999.83
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 23,039.74 HK$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.46 1.50-3.50

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Last update: July 2021
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24 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 28, 2021:
Hi Rich, 35k will be enough for one person or a couple but definitely not with kids (international schools are VERY expensive). 20k will be enough on a basic level only for at most 2 people,and you should expect to pay half of your pay (i.e. >10k) to pay the rent in this situation.
Rich on Apr 06, 2021:
I have been offered 20k-35k per month need to live in city center of Hong Kong for this job. can I make it or is it not paying enough
SCheng on Mar 29, 2021:
I make about $50000 and it is not enough to cover monthly expenses with clothing and travel expenses. However, this year I saved the money for travel ... Mortgage is around $21000 already. Management fee $3300 or so.
John on Mar 08, 2021:
I am a doctor working in the public sector and earn HK$70000 a month. To be honest, it's just enough for buying a decent flat and paying the mortgage since I was 28.
Edmond on Feb 20, 2021:
Buying 8 cans of coke is much cheaper here, on average 3.5 per can so the data is tricky
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
Figure 20,000 hk per month for just 2 people it's that expensive
gopanda on Dec 14, 2020:
Rent : $5000 / room for one person ; $8000 studio for 2 person ; $11000 one bedroom flat for 2 person
John DeCarlos on Oct 03, 2020:
I earn only HK$9,600. And I am still living here happily. I go to bar every Friday. I enjoy cooking at my tiny apartment. I enjoy sleeping near my wife and near kids. I love tiny apartment and love to clean it. I use million dollars value MTR and my driver drive me to my office by my bus. I don’t need a car.
Thank you very much Gid for blessing me nice life.
Herra Dwima on May 13, 2020:
with 13000 HKD sallary per month , can I survive in Hong Kong?
Herra on May 13, 2020:
13000 HKD per month, can i survive in Hong Kong?
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2019:
It depends on the rental problem. If you have a place to leave in Hong Kong, you can only need to spend $5000 HKD per head monthly.
Anonymous on Nov 03, 2019:
hello . i offered 22000 HK$ monthly. is that sufficient to live easily and save money for future ?
Dani on Sep 06, 2019:
Hello! Is 10.000 a month enough for a single person to live in Hong Kong? Obviously this does not include rent, but being able to go out maybe twice a week, and saving a bit for holiday travels. Thanks!
Anonymous on Mar 26, 2019:
$3,000 USD each month won't support a family of three by any means unless you want to eat rice every day and live in shanty town.$3,000 USD isn't nearly enough for two even spending frugally.A good base to start with would be $5,000 USD don't forget electric costs, that alone averages $750 each month throughout the cold months.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019:
i want to ask if a monthly salary of 3000 USD sufficient to life in HK with my wife and my son?
ajay dueman on Feb 19, 2019:
Will 4500USD per month suffice to live in Hong Kong
Eric on Feb 23, 2018:
Having lived in HK for four years up until September 2017, I can provide some insight. Like all cities, the cost will relate heavily to your lifestyle.

The most important thing to consider is rent. A very small (200-300 sq ft.) studio or 1-bed apartment unit in an older building that is located near city center and on one of the MTR lines will cost on average HK$14,000 a month. A nicely located, newer apartment of that size can easily be HK$18,000 a month. If you live further from the city center, and maybe without quick access to an MTR station, in an older building that could use renovation, you could pay as little as HK$10,000 a month. But you'll need to accept that the flat you're renting won't be a showplace.

Forget owning a car in HK unless you are making a very high income. Taxes, parking, auto payments, insurance, maintenance and fuel for autos in HK can easily equal what you pay in rent.

Many other things like groceries, mass transit, utilities, etc. are very on par with just about any place in the world.
worried on Dec 11, 2017:
is $15k a month okay in tung chung? please help! and how much is the tax deduction of 15k a month?
Leiloo on Nov 02, 2017:
Hello, is a 1000 euro enough for 1 month of staying in HK? I'm student from Europe and I'm going for an exchange and my rent is covered and also 1 meal per day.
Anonymous on Sep 22, 2017:
HK$14k a month "survive" ok if you'll be like most of the people here living with their families, i.e. no rent. most of the time eat at home if not at local restaurant or fast food and go out once a week. I think the rent shown here is outdated as it hiked a bit past few years.
William on Aug 12, 2017:
Is a salary of 14000 HKD/ month ( around 1800USD) enough to survive in Kowloon?
Alex on Aug 06, 2017:
If the offer is around 35K per month, would that suffice?
Mikey Johnson on Jul 31, 2017:
1M HKD is ~130k USD and you are struggling???? Perhaps you are living beyond your means.
Anonymous on Jul 13, 2017:
@#Dinesh, with 350k HKD a month, you can't really live that well in HK even if you're single. I earn 1M HKD per month and i'm struggling to make payments on my house and cars. Maybe you need to negotiate for more money.