Cost of Living in Jakarta

Summary about cost of living in Jakarta, Indonesia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35,000.00 Rp 20,000.00-70,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300,000.00 Rp 180,000.00-500,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50,000.00 Rp 45,000.00-65,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 33,250.00 Rp 20,000.00-80,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50,000.00 Rp 40,000.00-100,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 35,718.75 Rp 15,000.00-56,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 9,741.94 Rp 6,500.00-20,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 4,003.23 Rp 3,000.00-7,000.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 77,701.90 Rp 56,781.19-113,562.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 18,380.84 Rp 11,793.42-31,751.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 5,953.02 Rp 4,535.93-9,071.86
Eggs (regular) (12) 26,745.93 Rp 13,920.00-36,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 41,532.10 Rp 22,679.65-113,398.23
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 24,541.76 Rp 9,071.86-40,823.36
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 56,612.72 Rp 36,287.43-72,574.87
Apples (1 lb) 20,207.56 Rp 6,803.89-29,483.54
Banana (1 lb) 11,268.20 Rp 9,071.86-22,679.65
Oranges (1 lb) 15,603.60 Rp 6,803.89-29,483.54
Tomato (1 lb) 8,378.13 Rp 4,535.93-17,236.53
Potato (1 lb) 10,080.44 Rp 6,803.89-15,875.75
Onion (1 lb) 14,034.70 Rp 7,257.49-32,205.10
Lettuce (1 head) 18,750.00 Rp 10,000.00-32,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 7,280.00 Rp 5,000.00-10,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300,000.00 Rp 90,000.00-500,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 32,932.32 Rp 25,000.00-50,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50,384.62 Rp 32,000.00-80,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35,000.00 Rp 30,000.00-38,000.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3,750.00 Rp 3,500.00-10,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200,000.00 Rp 150,000.00-375,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6,500.00 Rp 6,500.00-8,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 7,242.05 Rp 6,968.46-16,093.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 45,000.00 Rp 25,000.00-48,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 44,568.97 Rp 34,068.71-48,801.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 400,000,000.00 Rp 350,000,000.00-650,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 427,576,923.08 Rp 350,000,000.00-486,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,222,917.01 Rp 720,000.00-2,125,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1,777.78 Rp 636.00-2,500.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 453,250.00 Rp 250,000.00-850,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 529,545.45 Rp 291,666.67-800,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 178,750.00 Rp 100,000.00-300,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50,000.00 Rp 45,000.00-75,000.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,250,000.00 Rp 1,000,000.00-4,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 132,083,333.33 Rp 50,000,000.00-300,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 588,888.89 Rp 250,000.00-1,200,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 391,117.65 Rp 250,000.00-700,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,069,047.62 Rp 500,000.00-1,500,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,284,375.00 Rp 800,000.00-2,000,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,570,804.37 Rp 4,500,000.00-15,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,900,000.00 Rp 2,000,000.00-8,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 16,941,176.47 Rp 10,000,000.00-30,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,453,125.00 Rp 6,000,000.00-17,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,588,350.06 Rp 2,787,068.00-5,574,136.01
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,754,423.58 Rp 1,300,631.74-2,601,263.47
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,525,000.00 Rp
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.44 6.00-12.00

Prices in Jakarta

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Last update: June 2022
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21 Comments so far
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.
Jakarta on Jan 15, 2020:
Cost of living can be much lower than what is listed on this website.

The choice of products to compare is fundamentally flawed because they are not culturally neutral. For example, products like red wine and European-style cheese are simply not common in Indonesia. They have to be imported and so of course they will be expensive. Most people living in Indonesia don't incur this expense however, as they don't consume these products.

Also, the cost of most products seems to be based on the cost you would pay if you bought it in a supermarket or a mall. Again, this fails to take account of cultural factors. In Indonesia, Western style supermarkets and malls are seen as prestigious, so they charge much, much more for the same product which could be bought cheaper on the street. An extreme example of this would be the Grand Indonesia mall in Jakarta, where a basic chicken and rice meal could cost R 15 000. On the street literally just outside the door of that mall, you could buy a better tasting version of the same dish for Rs 1 500.
Bob on Jan 05, 2020:
Local food in Indonesia all looks unappetizing to me. All brown and mushy. Am I missing something? Where can I get a simple bowl of noodles?
Tjahyadi Nugroho on Dec 24, 2019:
All data I entered are give or take , cause I cannot too precise depending on many situations, lately transportation cost in Jakarta are lower, because government operated bus and train one ticket for all distances
Anonymous on May 27, 2019:
I cannot ever see myself even visiting Indonesia let alone actually living there.I'm sure it's nice but several friends were there when tsunamis happened,no thanks.
Sam on Mar 20, 2019:
Jakarta is the most expensive city in Indonesia, but Jakarta has so many job and business opportunities.

You can afford decent life with USD 1,000 (single). That's include rent a room (studio), foods, transport, gym, etc. But if you can squeeze your expense to USD 600-700, you may still have comfort, but maybe not really happy.
Rochelle Marple on Feb 14, 2019:
HI, We are thinking of moving from Kuwait to Jakarta as the lifestyle is not great in Kuwait. We find it expensive to live and a healthy lifestyle is very hard to maintain.

Can you eat our healthily and cheapily? Is there places for outdoor activities? Is it family friendly?

And guidance and suggestions would be helpful
Satish Dhore on Dec 04, 2018:
Hello...i m satish from pune india ..i want visits to Indonesia i want 1 room in very good condition...i was planing to stay there for 1month our 3 month plz suggest me good place to living..area i also ready to shareing basis...thanks 9561777024 my whataap numbar
Pas on Oct 19, 2018:
I'm Pas. Live in jakarta is quite cheap if you cook your own food & buy your material from 'tukang sayur' who always around your neighbourhood. If you need organic materials just buy online direct from the sources. Sausage is not Indonesian food, offcourse u need to spend extra money to buy the imported one. But fish like local's tuna is healtier than imported tuna which contains mercury. Local fruit is also healtier even the shape is not looking good, don't buy imported fruit. Without rent, I only need around 5-7 millions rupiah for 3 persons (including one child whom still going to school). But if you love going to coffee shops & restaurants more than once a week it takes around 7-10 millions rupiah for 3 persons.
Fuddy Duddy on Aug 10, 2018:
I have been living in jakarta for more than 20 years or so. Jakarta is expensive. but if can live like local it is cheap!! for the same quality of life you have in europe it is bloody expensive. if you are single at least you need USD1000 a month to fullfil your very basic life. you have to rent a room with that amount of money. you need at least USD3000 a month for family with 4 members. 2 adults and 2 children. and again, if can live like local you may live 1/3 of that amount.
Sigit on Jul 03, 2018:
I'm still Sigit, and one more thing, in case anyone wondering, I rent the room also included with AC (free maintenance cost).
The building owner is very generous.
In case you're wondering, the owner name is Ahmad, a very generous person I've ever met since 10 years living in Jakarta.

And yeah, you can buy vegetables in cheap way by the mam/ladies selling vegetables around Kemang using cart. I've never bargain with them, for me, it's still cheaper than to live in medication or eat oily/fried food.
Sigit on Jul 03, 2018:
Oh yeah, I'm still Sigit at below. And one more. I always walk from home to office and back, So I saves IDR1500000 for transportation monthly. More savings and healthier body.

But personally, I spends IDR1000000 in a month for weekly transportation from Jakarta to Bandung and back, if I use bus Primajasa.
Or I spends IDR2000000 in a month for weekly transportation from Jakarta to Bandung and back, if I use train, executive class.
Sigit on Jul 03, 2018:
I am working in Jakarta for 10 years since I was 20.
Now I'm a NetDevOps for 1 of the biggest marketplace in Indonesia.

I've lived in various place like Setiabudi, Karet, Gatot Subroto, Pancoran, and now I live in Kemang.
I rent a 2x3m room included with 2 cabinets, a small desk, a spring bed, free electricity, free water, free internet and an inside bathroom, all for IDR1500000 monthly. All got access to terrace, so it is not a cramped space like bird cages.

Not to mention that I live in descent and quiet friendly neighborhood.
I live a healthy lifestyle most of the time, as:
- I workouts in Indobarian Method Academy, a calisthenics based exercise. Sometimes everyday, and sometimes once per 2 days. Free membership.
- I ate vegetables, high protein vegetables (tempe, tahu), high calcium vegetables (broccoli), medium carbohydrate vegetables (cucumber), and lots of my healthy food are from vegetables. Sometimes I ate meat of chicken, beef, fish, seafood.

My supplements are relatively cheap: black bitter honey (IDR30000 for 3 months), chlorophyll (IDR100000 for 2 months), collagen peptide (IDR150000 250gram for 3 months), celery (IDR150000 for 4 months), fiber creme (IDR20000 for 3 months), garlic extract (IDR150000 for 3 months).

For eat and drink monthly I spends not more than IDR2500000, it already include the supplements I've mentioned above.
It is enough to makes me full, healthy, energized, and away from sickness.

So basically for a single person, IDR10000000 is more than enough to live a healthy lifestyle. Don't need to pay gym membership to workout, don't need an expensive supplements to be healthy.

To be honest, live in Bandung is far better than Jakarta. My family is in Bandung.
I need IDR20000000 to make life for total 8 persons, include everything basics and healthy (excluding non basics like watching movies, traveling, entertainment, etc).