Cost of Living in Karachi

Summary about cost of living in Karachi, Pakistan:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 350.00 Rs. 150.00-700.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,350.00 Rs. 1,500.00-4,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 750.00 Rs. 650.00-950.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 Rs. 300.00-1,000.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 550.00 Rs. 400.00-900.00
Cappuccino (regular) 262.19 Rs. 100.00-400.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 53.61 Rs. 40.00-80.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 36.52 Rs. 30.00-50.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 626.37 Rs. 492.10-719.23
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 82.20 Rs. 45.36-181.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 94.39 Rs. 68.04-120.20
Eggs (regular) (12) 196.56 Rs. 130.00-240.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 408.42 Rs. 181.44-1,133.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 278.23 Rs. 136.08-376.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 380.59 Rs. 294.84-498.95
Apples (1 lb) 118.59 Rs. 54.43-158.76
Banana (1 lb) 57.01 Rs. 27.22-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 73.11 Rs. 27.22-136.08
Tomato (1 lb) 50.93 Rs. 22.68-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 25.08 Rs. 13.61-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 26.20 Rs. 13.61-40.82
Lettuce (1 head) 52.61 Rs. 20.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 70.57 Rs. 50.00-100.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 200.00 Rs. 120.00-900.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 269.96 Rs. 120.00-500.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 401.33 Rs. 180.00-680.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 250.00 Rs. 200.00-380.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 Rs. 40.00-100.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,200.00 Rs. 900.00-5,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 150.00 Rs. 100.00-250.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 49.89 Rs. 40.23-96.56
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 400.00 Rs. 250.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 764.06 Rs. 567.81-908.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,000,000.00 Rs. 2,500,000.00-3,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 4,078,184.77 Rs. 3,900,000.00-4,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 14,179.68 Rs. 6,404.53-30,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.62 Rs. 1.50-3.56
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,739.84 Rs. 1,875.00-8,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,862.22 Rs. 1,500.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,431.75 Rs. 500.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,000.00 Rs. 600.00-1,500.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 12,543.48 Rs. 5,000.00-26,574.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 267,591.33 Rs. 144,000.00-420,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,288.89 Rs. 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,743.24 Rs. 2,000.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,037.50 Rs. 3,500.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 6,885.71 Rs. 3,000.00-15,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 25,424.24 Rs. 18,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 16,900.00 Rs. 10,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 61,666.67 Rs. 40,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 38,913.04 Rs. 30,000.00-60,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 16,443.09 Rs. 9,290.23-23,741.64
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,437.44 Rs. 5,759.94-16,999.86
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 37,794.12 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.95 8.00-18.00

Prices in Karachi

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Last update: August 2022
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19 Comments so far
GM on Dec 04, 2021:
Worst city in the world, full of crime & pollution. One would be lucky to get out alive from this city.
Pl on Apr 18, 2021:
You can buy tomatoes at 3 rupees/kilo. Potatoes and onions at 12 each. Sugar at 60. Karachi is the cheapest city in the world --- cheaper than Venezuela capital city. At imtiaz supermarket 3 quarts aerated at rupees 84.
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2020:
An unfurnished one bedroom apartment starts at 33,000pkr.The only thing that's cheap is the internet.
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
why dont you post the difference in salary between ny and karachi? the average working man in ny makes about $3500.00 while the average salary in karachi is about $250.00.
Aijaz Abidi on Dec 04, 2020:
Hi all,
I would suggest to add a range feature (min) to (max).
As for locals in a decent way living cost is 30000/person/month.
But for foreigners especialy whites it will be higher as 1000$.
Foreigners mostly well received in all over Pakistan.
Faizan Alam on Jul 02, 2020:
If you want to purchase house or flats in Karachi. I suggests you to visit
Zaawar Ejaz on May 12, 2020:
Karachi is not a cheapest city. It is only cheapeast for those who live in western countries and earn in dollars and euro. They can come here on vacation and enjoy. But is us way expensive for people who live here. Salary is very low here compare to expenses here. Quality of life is poor if you want to earn and live here. Earn in dollers and live here is a way to go.
Atleast Rs. 60,000/- per person per month is enough to live in karachi including rent. This will cover your every necessary needs.
M Ahsan on Dec 25, 2019:
If you are a saver so i believe and practically getting 50000 is enough salary to live in Karachi if house is your own with all necessities include schooling with 4 kids. Their is no end of your desires so fulfill your needs not desires.
M Ahsan on Dec 25, 2019:
I am willing to inform you after the change in govt. Now Karachi is very good every thing is changed, peoples are friendly, crime rate is almost 90% less compare from last 10-20 years. Very favorable for every business. Govt policies are also changed and friendly. We are welcome all foreigners, tourists, business community etc. Food, Accommodation traveling all that you need is in reasonable price and available. If you wanted to check so compare Karachi in any city of the world. This is heavily populated and city of opportunities as well as other cities.
Bahria Town Peshawar on Dec 08, 2019:
Bahria Town CEO Malik Riaz has finally announced the launch of the Bahria Town Peshawar housing scheme in January 2020. Malik Riaz wrote on his Twitter account that it was ’time to deliver yet again’ asking the citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) to ‘get ready’.
Anwar Baig on Nov 21, 2019:
As I have read those comments in November ,2019
There is big difference now the life is difficult
Every thing is expensive and very expensive.
Also crime rates high
No peace of mind whatever income low or high or very high or rich very rich slum area posh area no one feel secure
Shan Ali on Nov 09, 2019:
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Sid on May 27, 2019:
Worst city because of rude people. People can’t talk politely and always fight on petty issues, also women are not given much freedom as in most muslim countries, they always have to cover their entire body with a black cloth and can’t roam around freely. Well I guess that’s because they follow the worlds worst religion for women.
Sal on Dec 08, 2018:
I am from Karachi, living in London, England for many years. I left Karachi in '61. It was the golden period for Pakistan and for Karachi in particular. Karachi was very clean, well organized and a very tolerant city. It accommodated and welcomed all. There were bars, restaurants, hotels and picture houses. Elphinston Street had the best shops. Khayam Cinema and Cafe, fully air-conditioned, showed English films. Clifton was a real place to enjoy life, especially, after sunset till midnight, swimming by the moonlight. It was a jewel of a beach. The sea used shimmer like a wavy gold-leaf. Yes, my Karachi was a Jewel.
I worked for the PIA at a salary of Rs 320 / month. I had my own small flat in a house, a woman to clean and cook, a bicycle to ride and loads of friends to enjoy. The US$ was 4.13 and the £ was 13.45. My first visit to Pakistan / Karachi was in 1993. It had become a slum. My last visit was in 2002. Although, my family and friends enjoy a lavish life style, whereas, an ordinary person's life is nothing but a total misery. Karachi earns almost 40% of Pakistan's GDP, yet she is treated like step child. It is crime infested, dirty, expensive and has become very intolerant. Corrupt Politicians and the Mullah have devastated a jewel of a city. It is very sad. As long as the Mullah prevails, Muslims shall remain wretched, uneducated, disease ridden and destitute.
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2018:
I visited Karachi in Jan of 2018. It is impossible to
A fair life for less than 100000 rupees a month
If your there for short visit you are ok.
Environment is not good.Nobody follow traffic
Law,garbage is all over ,food is not hygienic.
But people live there seems to be happy, perhaps
they they have no choice or they are accustom to
Their living conditions.
Ejaz on Sep 06, 2018:
Karachi is not cheap. Those who says that karachi is cheap then you should also tell that what is the quality of life they are living.

Expenses for 1 person as follows:

Montly Salary for a person who do full time labor work is 10000pkr to 15000pkr (upon luck otherwise u get less)

Studio or 1 room rent in very cheap and bad area is 5000rps per month.

Electricity cost for a tv, 2 bulb and 2 fan is 1500rps per month.

Food cost for 2 times a day (basic meal) is around 3000 to 5000pkr per month.

Water, sewerage, garbage disposal costs is 500rps per month.

Gas cost for cooking is around 300pkr per month.

Transportation cost is around 3000 per month.

Now at this level your expenses are more than your salary. Now you tell how can you live a quality of life.
Alex on Aug 25, 2018:
I have lived in karachi. To live an average life of family a man, wife and child you need a minimum of 100,000 Rs. Per month. A reasonable 2 or 3 bed apt will cost you 35000/month, utilities electric,water, gas 15000, cell phone/internet 4000. Food if cooked in home about 20000 and car and fuel about 10000.good medical, entertainment and pocket change about 20000. These are average expenses and not including school fees, transport. Pakistan is not cheap to live a reasonable life. There are other issues as well including power shortages, pollution, quality of food, hygiene and traffic. Live here only if you do not have better choices. For a shorter stay its ok but to settle down is not recommended
Syed Hasan Danish on Aug 14, 2018:
Karachi is among the best places for tourists, To illustrate; Beach, Mosques, tombs etcetra. Prices are bit low relatively to other countries. Restaurants differ from inexpensive to 5 Star Restaurants. Malls are filled with people at peak times. Karachites welcome foreigners warmly.
Healthcare is free in some Government Hospitals & NGO operated clinics. Government has made an effort to make drugs not freely available, So it doesn't gets into the wrong hands. It's not required to have medical insurance to pay for medicines. Even a signature by a registered doctor can be shown to a local pharmacy. Many pharmacies provide free of cost medicines if you have a consent with the doctor.
Karachi is relatively cheap, However family of six can live easily on $3164/ year.
Inflation & Deflation has been a part of the economy.

Pakistan has enjoyed a high life style & quality living conditions in main cities, like Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi.