Cost of Living in Islamabad

Summary about cost of living in Islamabad:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00 Rs. 150.00-450.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,750.00 Rs. 1,200.00-2,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 600.00 Rs. 500.00-800.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 325.00 Rs. 300.00-500.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 250.00 Rs. 180.00-360.00
Cappuccino (regular) 260.68 Rs. 150.00-400.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 45.71 Rs. 30.00-70.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 31.64 Rs. 25.00-40.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 431.72 Rs. 378.54-511.03
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 63.14 Rs. 45.36-81.65
Rice (white), (1 lb) 66.29 Rs. 54.43-77.11
Eggs (regular) (12) 118.38 Rs. 100.00-140.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 434.77 Rs. 226.80-680.39
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 176.19 Rs. 108.86-272.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 234.67 Rs. 181.44-362.87
Apples (1 lb) 84.89 Rs. 54.43-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 56.50 Rs. 36.29-72.57
Oranges (1 lb) 54.91 Rs. 27.22-81.65
Tomato (1 lb) 37.91 Rs. 22.68-58.97
Potato (1 lb) 20.26 Rs. 13.61-27.22
Onion (1 lb) 21.19 Rs. 13.61-31.75
Lettuce (1 head) 30.00 Rs. 20.00-60.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 57.62 Rs. 50.00-75.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 Rs. 350.00-800.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 238.91 Rs. 100.00-355.26
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 394.29 Rs. 150.00-575.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 170.00 Rs. 140.00-240.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 27.50 Rs. 20.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs. 600.00-1,521.74
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs. 80.00-160.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 80.47 Rs. 40.23-112.65
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 Rs. 200.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 391.17 Rs. 355.07-440.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,500,000.00 Rs. 1,000,000.00-2,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,392,121.21 Rs. 2,000,000.00-2,800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 8,888.49 Rs. 4,000.00-15,248.87
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.28 Rs. 1.00-3.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,166.67 Rs. 2,000.00-5,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,817.07 Rs. 1,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,150.00 Rs. 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 600.00 Rs. 500.00-800.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,923.08 Rs. 3,000.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 159,800.00 Rs. 66,000.00-300,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,015.36 Rs. 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,940.59 Rs. 2,000.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,272.70 Rs. 4,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,474.36 Rs. 3,000.00-10,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 25,264.71 Rs. 15,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 14,848.48 Rs. 8,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 58,857.14 Rs. 40,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 33,514.29 Rs. 20,000.00-55,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,112.29 Rs. 4,645.11-18,580.45
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,487.99 Rs. 2,787.07-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 34,615.38 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.64 9.96-19.50

Prices in Islamabad

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Last update: October 2019
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8 Comments so far

#Khattak on Jul 26, 2019 :
Islamabad (Pakistan) is very Beautiful, Peace of Mind, No crime, best place to visit as tourist as well as best Place to live. Expensive Comparing to other cities of Pakistan but very Less expensive compare to other cities of the world.
#Hashim on Nov 06, 2018 :
I live abroad can anyone kindly tell me what is the monthly household cost with rent or without rent in Islamabad, family of four me my wife and 2 kids who are less than 6 years old.
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2018 :
I build my house 12marla
It costs 1250000
#ali on Feb 28, 2017 :
I lived in RWP and worked in ISB (common model to save money on rent and groceries). I think overall one can stay there in net salary of 1 lac per month (a family of 4 including husband wife and 2 kids):

Kids School:20k
Restaurants & clothing: 5K

However sadly because the govt in Pakistan is corrupt, you dont get anything in return from your tax money, so in case of a medical emergency you have to keep good emergency funds.. at least 5 lac should always be sitting in your account at all times.

I must accept life is tough there... because interest rates are high.. and you cant save enough to own a place or take a mortgage loan. So best policy is to invest your money and pay rent from investment returns.. ahhh but then that's Sood ... life is tough in Pakistan.. phew...
#David Pervez on Jul 14, 2016 :
I am retired from U.S and seeking to rent one bedroom American style fully furnished apartment. I am retired from the U.S Army an american army veteran. Is to safe fr an american to live in Islamabad?I am single possibly seeking Muslim female to get to know. I have been a U.S Citizen sincrsince1977. As a U.S Army veteran . I can get Green Card once engage with in a week.
Contact David Siddqi 561 307.5474
#anaaya khan on May 30, 2016 :
Iam planning to buy property in islamabad i have plan to buy property in pak i have 22lkh if it is sufficient for purchase of apartment or not
#Brig (R) Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq on Jan 26, 2016 :
Eversince my retirement, I live abroad. I have not invested a single penny abroad. I have sent all my savings to Pakistan. Having have visited all the world, I feel comfortable in Pakistan. There are pros and cons but there is no match to life in our own country. Relatives, friends and own people are around. Our language, culture and religion all are respected. Long live Pakistan
#Anonymous on Oct 24, 2015 :
please don't even think to travel or plan to live in pakistan, this is a hill/ dozakh. imagine the police is a government appointed department to serve and safe guard the citizen, but in reverse they are mother fucker they even kill the civilian, they even try to dishonor your family. My request is to please remove them from the police station and only keep an eye on them they are the actual enemy of pakistan, beside every one is ok all are good people ( only the people in police force IB ISI FIA are real culprit.