Cost of Living in Islamabad

Summary about cost of living in Islamabad, Pakistan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 350.00 Rs. 200.00-750.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,000.00 Rs. 1,200.00-5,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 625.00 Rs. 500.00-900.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 400.00 Rs. 300.00-500.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 800.00 Rs. 395.00-1,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 229.23 Rs. 100.00-350.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 60.29 Rs. 40.00-120.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 43.82 Rs. 30.00-80.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 456.28 Rs. 378.54-567.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 70.66 Rs. 49.90-108.86
Rice (white), (1 lb) 73.74 Rs. 50.00-90.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 141.56 Rs. 110.00-180.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 392.46 Rs. 226.80-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 185.76 Rs. 90.72-272.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 298.99 Rs. 204.12-448.15
Apples (1 lb) 83.28 Rs. 40.00-136.08
Banana (1 lb) 54.17 Rs. 27.22-113.40
Oranges (1 lb) 65.01 Rs. 30.00-127.01
Tomato (1 lb) 50.83 Rs. 18.14-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 26.71 Rs. 13.61-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 29.59 Rs. 18.14-40.82
Lettuce (1 head) 44.50 Rs. 10.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 59.60 Rs. 45.00-90.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 Rs. 250.00-700.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 260.52 Rs. 100.00-400.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 420.83 Rs. 200.00-700.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 300.00 Rs. 230.00-400.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 Rs. 30.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs. 800.00-2,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs. 95.00-150.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 56.33 Rs. 32.19-160.93
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 350.00 Rs. 200.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 427.56 Rs. 348.26-454.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,000,000.00 Rs. 1,600,000.00-2,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,026,000.00 Rs. 2,600,000.00-3,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 12,859.32 Rs. 7,000.00-20,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.63 Rs. 1.00-3.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,462.81 Rs. 2,000.00-7,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 4,615.38 Rs. 1,500.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,331.25 Rs. 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 650.00 Rs. 500.00-1,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 9,233.33 Rs. 3,000.00-23,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 166,125.00 Rs. 60,000.00-360,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,046.88 Rs. 1,500.00-5,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,850.00 Rs. 2,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,451.61 Rs. 3,000.40-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 6,348.48 Rs. 4,000.00-12,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 34,448.28 Rs. 20,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 22,074.07 Rs. 15,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 67,419.35 Rs. 40,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 41,666.67 Rs. 30,000.00-65,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 13,166.28 Rs. 4,180.60-29,999.75
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,446.40 Rs. 2,322.56-9,999.92
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 43,064.52 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.62 6.00-20.00

Prices in Islamabad

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Last update: November 2020
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9 Comments so far
Mohammed on Nov 26, 2020:
What are the living costs for a small family in 3 bedroom house.
How much to buy a 3 bed house out of city Golbers Green area?
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2020:
Islamabad is really nice - I moved back to Islamabad after living and working in London (UK) for almost half of my life.

USD $800 x 155 to convert to PKR = 124K per month
Rent for apartment or 40*50 (5 marla) house is in the region of 25-50K (G-11)
House helpers cost would be 10K.
Utilities bills - 15K
Market & shopping - 20K.

So overall you can have a fairly comfortable life with USd $800 in Pakistan.
Hope this helps.
Anonymous on May 07, 2020:
I have lived and worked in Washington DC for the past 40 years and now I have been retired for the past two years. I'm bored with American life now and want to go back to Asia. I can afford to spend about $8000 american dollars a month. Can I live well in a very nice an safe part of Islamabad and enjoy my retirement with $8000 dollars a month? The cost of renting a nice 2 bedroom luxury apartment is the biggest unknown for me.
Dr Bilal Hassan on May 02, 2020:
i am in islamabad from about 18 years i saw that it is best place to live in world with full of greenery and each and every facility.Best places to live in islamabad are sector E11,F11,F6,F7,G11,G8,I8,DHA and many other but i saw that people are most interested in sectors g11,g10 because these sectors are very beautifull green and still government is planning these sectors specially g11 i hope g11 will cross E11,F11 shortly if government continues to increases its beauty because g11 is hub of islamabad and it represents whole islamabad.
Prof Muhammad Zaigham on Jan 13, 2020:
Sector E5,E6,E7,E9,F6,F7,F8,G11,G9,G8,G5 are the best sectors yes g sector is still developing but is still the hub of islamabad sectors like G11 G8 are gaining much importance of people now government is starting to work on the natural beauty in G11,G10,G8 AND IT will be the most expensive and luxurious place in islamabad.
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:
#sidhu
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):

Rent:30k
Utilities:10k
Groceries:25k
Intenet:5k
Fuel:5k
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...