Cost of Living in Jakarta

Summary of cost of living in Jakarta, Indonesia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30,000.00 Rp 20,000.00-85,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 350,000.00 Rp 200,000.00-600,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 57,500.00 Rp 50,000.00-60,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35,000.00 Rp 20,000.00-65,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 67,500.00 Rp 41,000.00-130,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 35,538.46 Rp 20,000.00-55,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 8,714.29 Rp 5,000.00-20,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 5,242.42 Rp 3,000.00-10,000.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 82,588.79 Rp 64,352.01-113,562.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 16,674.19 Rp 13,607.79-36,287.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 6,478.28 Rp 4,535.93-9,071.86
Eggs (regular) (12) 29,934.50 Rp 18,792.00-42,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 53,577.36 Rp 27,215.57-117,934.16
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 25,370.96 Rp 13,607.79-36,287.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 58,594.48 Rp 45,358.84-90,718.58
Apples (1 lb) 20,184.88 Rp 9,071.86-29,483.54
Banana (1 lb) 10,918.89 Rp 7,892.52-18,143.72
Oranges (1 lb) 14,088.88 Rp 6,803.89-24,947.61
Tomato (1 lb) 8,866.87 Rp 4,535.93-15,875.75
Potato (1 lb) 10,521.29 Rp 6,803.89-18,143.72
Onion (1 lb) 15,741.74 Rp 9,071.86-27,215.57
Lettuce (1 head) 15,210.53 Rp 7,000.00-24,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 7,175.86 Rp 5,000.00-10,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 350,000.00 Rp 200,000.00-600,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 35,092.35 Rp 22,000.00-60,606.06
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 47,650.00 Rp 25,000.00-70,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40,000.00 Rp 35,000.00-50,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3,750.00 Rp 3,500.00-5,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 175,000.00 Rp 100,000.00-500,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 8,500.00 Rp 7,000.00-10,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8,046.72 Rp 6,598.31-13,679.43
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50,000.00 Rp 40,000.00-75,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 50,345.99 Rp 37,854.13-56,781.19
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 400,000,000.00 Rp 360,000,000.00-575,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 503,558,823.53 Rp 460,000,000.00-550,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,497,501.40 Rp 750,000.00-2,500,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 94,000.00 Rp 32,000.00-150,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 444,000.00 Rp 350,000.00-600,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 454,250.00 Rp 250,000.00-650,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 212,812.50 Rp 150,000.00-300,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 55,000.00 Rp 50,000.00-75,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,376,190.48 Rp 1,000,000.00-4,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 134,769,666.67 Rp 48,000,000.00-300,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 796,966.67 Rp 300,000.00-1,500,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 535,791.67 Rp 250,000.00-800,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,311,074.07 Rp 700,000.00-2,000,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,286,538.46 Rp 600,000.00-2,300,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,890,000.00 Rp 5,000,000.00-15,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,046,153.85 Rp 2,500,000.00-7,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 18,193,447.62 Rp 10,000,000.00-45,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,970,522.73 Rp 5,500,000.00-20,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,106,059.00 Rp 2,787,068.00-5,574,136.01
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,839,244.41 Rp 929,022.67-2,787,068.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,213,557.44 Rp
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.92 6.00-12.00

Prices in Jakarta

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Last update: February 2024
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16 Comments so far
Jordan on Feb 23, 2024:
The wages reported above is not accurate, formal wages is $500 but in reality, the wages are around $100 - $200
Annika on Jan 07, 2024:
I think the costs listed here are pretty accurate... Jakarta is an expensive city to live in and probably a bit difficult if you don't know Indo language. If sellers know you're a foreigner, they may overcharge you. But anyhow, I find Jakarta people are pretty friendly to foreigners, especially the caucasians haha... If you're single and caucasians, most likely you'll find friends rather easily... Okay, back to costs! The ones listed here are very average if you buy everything local. But I'd suggest add 25% if you're looking for better quality stuff. It's kinda sad to see the average salary of Indonesia. The gap is SUPER WIDE between the low-income earners and the high-income earners which can reach up to 500.000.000IDR or more per month.
But I agree that Indonesia food is amazingly diverse and each region has its own specialties :)
Anonymous on Dec 04, 2023:
Jakarta is Disneyland for the Devil's Offsprings.
I love it
banchod.com on Dec 01, 2023:
who would want to move here from a wealthy country?
Himaone on Jul 01, 2023:
If you see some comments that contain only bad things about Jakarta, then don’t believe it 100%. It cold be black campaign for the former Governor of Jakarta that will be a one of presidential election candidate in 2024.
You can see one of the commenter uses “Anusbasedan” name which is a derogatory pun of “Anies Baswedan” the former governor of Jakarta which was incumbent between 2017 and 2022
Kaskus Mania on Jan 31, 2023:
To be honest, Jakarta is the most expensive city in Indonesia. Compared to Malaysia, cost of living in Jakarta is even more expensive than in Kuala Lumpur. Buying groceries in Jakarta in local markets is like hell, the market never gets cleaned up, never gets scrubbed, a lot of black dirt, the fruits and vegetables are not fresh most of the time, and sometimes eaten by maggots. You can buy groceries in supermarket or shopping center, but you should expect the price is very expensive. Food quality in Jakarta is bad.
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2023:
Ong, you'll get diarrhea if you stomach ain't strong, which you will most of the time.
Anusbasedan on May 13, 2022:
Who the F want to visit this hell on earth? Unless you were devil offsprings. Get out as quickly as possible from this hell, before u turning into zombie
Dummy boy on May 03, 2021:
Food stinks here but is like twice the cost of Thailand and Vietnam but half the quality.

People not that friendly or even talk to you unless they're trying to size u up.

Good luck existing here without a kitas. Need it to even breathe basically.

Lot of tipping and nickel and dining that will eat into your budget.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Jakarta like the rest of Indonesia is a rat infested trashy country full of diseases and crime.It's full of poor ignorant people without a future.Fruits and vegetables are full of maggots at markets.
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2021:
Jakarta can be all over the place when it comes to prices but overall it can probably be considered an inexpensive place to live. Like some folks have said, "western" products can come at a premium. One thing I've noticed is that it often seems like it's less expensive to eat out than shop for groceries and eat at home. You can find just about every variety of restaurant here and I really enjoy the big selection of Asian cuisines (Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, etc.). Expect to pay a little more in restaurants in the malls but in comparison to American and Western European prices, dining out is significantly more affordable.

Groceries are a different story. Folks have advised going to local markets but understand that the produce on offer can often be questionable, you may not be able to find much of a selection of non-tropical fruits and vegetables, and the language barrier can be frustrating. Most supermarkets are modern with varying selection. Avoiding more "upscale" supermarkets like Ranch 99 usually doesn't mean you will actually pay less because you'll inevitably end up paying a lot more for an item at one place than another only to get nailed on some other item if you try to comparison shop, so you may as well go for convenience. I will say some places are expensive across the board (Hero) while some are inexpensive (Grand Lucky).

Clothes are usually cheap if you aren't going for high fashion. Travel is usually reasonable and taxis are pocket change in comparison to most places. Hired help like nannies and pembantus (housekeepers) are definitely affordable on the typically expat salary if not included with your compensation package.
Somewhere on Feb 02, 2021:
@Bob Well, try something new in your life and learn to appreciate the cultural diversities in Indonesia. It's simply amazing!
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2020:
Be aware Indonesia won't be accepting flights land,or sea entries until April 2021 but it'll be reevaluated at that point.Follow travel advisories that are up to date before buying any flight to Indonesia.
Vítor on Nov 29, 2020:
Hello, where can i find brazilian people, places and groups in Jakarta? Im planning to go to Jakarta very soon and would like to see it. Could someone help me ? thank you
Mikell Juugington on Nov 16, 2020:
Indos tend to overcharge for services or rarely count back your change correctly or nickel and dime you for paper bags and parking.

That will definitely eat into your budget.
Jon on Sep 29, 2020:
@bob: yes you are missing something: nasi goreng, beef rendang, Nasi Padang, iga bakar, ikan bakar, and yess, Mie goreng if you want a bowl of noodles Actually Indonesian local food is delicious and after moving back to the US after 10 years I totally miss it.