Cost of Living in Islamabad

Summary about cost of living in Islamabad:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 250.00 Rs. 150.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,200.00 Rs. 800.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 550.00 Rs. 500.00-700.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 Rs. 200.00-450.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 250.00 Rs. 200.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 278.82 Rs. 150.00-350.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 37.83 Rs. 30.00-50.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 28.10 Rs. 22.00-40.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 407.45 Rs. 378.54-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 56.87 Rs. 40.82-77.11
Rice (white), (1 lb) 56.90 Rs. 45.36-68.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 112.61 Rs. 90.00-140.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 308.05 Rs. 145.15-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 158.23 Rs. 113.40-204.12
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 212.69 Rs. 181.44-249.48
Apples (1 lb) 75.17 Rs. 54.43-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 61.56 Rs. 38.24-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 57.24 Rs. 36.29-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 27.18 Rs. 15.88-36.29
Potato (1 lb) 18.29 Rs. 13.61-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 20.31 Rs. 14.51-31.75
Lettuce (1 head) 28.26 Rs. 20.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 57.50 Rs. 50.00-79.04
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 800.00 Rs. 400.00-900.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 400.00 Rs. 300.00-500.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 616.67 Rs. 250.00-900.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 140.00 Rs. 120.00-180.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 Rs. 20.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs. 500.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs. 50.00-130.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 80.47 Rs. 48.28-160.93
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 Rs. 100.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 270.47 Rs. 257.41-302.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,800,000.00 Rs. 1,500,000.00-1,950,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,015,642.86 Rs. 1,800,000.00-2,300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 6,701.96 Rs. 3,431.00-15,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.19 Rs. 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,488.89 Rs. 1,800.00-6,899.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 4,375.00 Rs. 2,000.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,570.98 Rs. 500.00-4,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 500.00 Rs. 500.00-700.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 14,714.29 Rs. 8,000.00-28,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 181,750.00 Rs. 78,000.00-429,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,666.67 Rs. 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,938.46 Rs. 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,416.67 Rs. 5,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,246.67 Rs. 3,000.00-8,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 24,230.77 Rs. 15,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 14,600.00 Rs. 8,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 60,666.67 Rs. 35,000.00-85,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 36,785.71 Rs. 25,000.00-55,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,897.98 Rs. 6,503.16-13,006.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,208.35 Rs. 3,505.97-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 31,785.71 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 12.42 8.00-19.50

Prices in Islamabad

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Last update: September 2017
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16 Comments so far

#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.
#Javid on Mar 04, 2015 :
What Mr Zaheer Shahzad told is correct. If you want to live a normal life it is so, though one can live in 500 Dollar a month with dignity!
#Abdullah on Feb 27, 2015 :

i would like to built the house in pakistan can anyone tell me how much it will cost me

7 Marla house location Islamabad model town, double story house

waiting for your feedback

Regards Tamim
#sheyenne on Jan 14, 2015 :
It's upto you how you spend your money you can either save or spend,.
#kifayat on Aug 05, 2014 :
dear all
i am living in islamabad since 3 years.the prices given are very high as compare to actuall ones.
#Ashfaq ALI on Apr 21, 2014 :
@ Arafa, Bahria is the best option. So far the comments of other friends, i dont agree at all. Every one has a different style of living and they can manage the expense with their monthly income. If you have more income you can live in pooch area but there is also good living palaces for low income peoples e,g living out of city. see you there....bye
#sohaib on Jan 16, 2014 :
by doing corruption in their job offices.
#Ibrahim Khan on Nov 07, 2013 :
And fir sister syeda. If you owe ur own house. 1 lakh (1,000$) is enough for you here if you want to spend a high middle class life. Thee are excluding fee of schooling which depends but range is 6,000 to 10,000 per month for one person.
#Ibrahim Khan on Nov 07, 2013 :
lHello. Lol i just read the above comment. A sister is asking for help and as usuall being a pakistani. Drop me an email. Hahahaha. Idhar bhi line mar rhy hn. See I will make it very easy for you. If you want to switch to pakistan no doubt Islamabad is going to be the best choice I suggest. Now if you have enough money so that you can buy a home say like 5 marla. You need to have maximum 10,000 dollars. You will be having an awesome home note a flate or apartment. After that if you 50,000 to 60,000 rupees are alot for a married couple and you going to live a good life in this. Excluding ur house rent and schooling expanse. I would say 50,000 to 60,000 rupees are enough. Schooling fee if you calculate hughest its 6,000 to 10,000 per month. But sister if your income is 1 million rupees. Still at the end of the month you will be having nothing. And if its 25,000 the same situation at the end of the month. So, it depends upon u as well. But as u said u are living in foriegn country so the amount i told you is the reasonable amount for one month. And please if u plan to come here plz dont trust anyone. Thats advice for you. May you be safe. Stay blessed.
#WahidUK on Oct 21, 2013 :
Hey... What's to complain about? Everywhere is really expensive at the moment. I live in UK and my basic costs are like £2,500 per month. That's over 4 lakh rupees per month. This includes bills, food, house, car, fuel, etc. Life is tough wherever you are.
#syeda on Sep 17, 2013 :
i am looking for the suitable and economically be able to live there with my 5 kids, and the question is 'is it possible'. i have no inkling of which area is suitabe to buty 5 marla double story house and how much the cost of the schoiols and houses are? please any body help in understanding better cost of living there before i move there.
#Abbas on Sep 02, 2013 :
I just added below entries, they were meant to be in USD instead of PKR. Please adjust.

Water (0.33 liter bottle) in Islamabad costs 0.25Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) in Islamabad costs 0.50Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Cappuccino (regular) in Islamabad costs 2.00Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) in Islamabad costs 7.00Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) in Islamabad costs 4.00Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar in Islamabad costs 4.50Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course in Islamabad costs 5.00Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant in Islamabad costs 1.20Rs. (about 4 minutes ago)