Cost of Living in Karachi

Summary about cost of living in Karachi:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1.44 € 0.86-2.88
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 9.80 € 5.77-14.41
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.46 € 3.17-4.32
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.56 € 1.27-2.59
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.02 € 1.15-3.46
Cappuccino (regular) 1.34 € 0.69-2.02
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.24 € 0.17-0.32
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.18 € 0.12-0.23
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.24 € 2.05-2.62
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.30 € 0.21-0.42
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.34 € 0.26-0.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 0.62 € 0.47-0.75
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.50 € 1.57-5.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.03 € 0.73-1.52
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1.48 € 1.18-1.83
Apples (1 lb) 0.39 € 0.26-0.65
Banana (1 lb) 0.22 € 0.16-0.31
Oranges (1 lb) 0.30 € 0.17-0.52
Tomato (1 lb) 0.17 € 0.10-0.31
Potato (1 lb) 0.09 € 0.05-0.12
Onion (1 lb) 0.10 € 0.07-0.16
Lettuce (1 head) 0.24 € 0.14-0.29
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.32 € 0.29-0.46
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 2.31 € 0.86-3.46
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.19 € 0.58-1.61
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.15-2.88
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1.04 € 0.86-1.27
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.14 € 0.12-0.17
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 5.77 € 2.88-11.53
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.58 € 0.46-0.86
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.28 € 0.19-0.46
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1.04 € 0.58-1.73
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.28 € 2.05-2.58
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 9,801.91 € 8,072.16-12,108.24
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,907.38 € 10,955.07-17,297.49
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 45.97 € 25.95-86.49
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.01 € 0.01-0.02
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 14.13 € 5.77-28.83
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 13.17 € 5.77-28.83
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 6.46 € 2.88-14.41
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.04 € 2.88-5.19
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 36.21 € 17.30-86.49
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 949.76 € 484.33-1,937.32
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 12.88 € 5.77-28.83
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 20.51 € 11.53-34.59
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 32.20 € 17.30-51.89
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 25.60 € 14.41-40.36
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 118.15 € 69.19-201.80
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 74.49 € 46.13-126.85
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 259.38 € 172.97-403.61
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 157.83 € 103.78-288.29
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 61.47 € 32.14-115.32
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 34.54 € 18.21-54.77
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 186.14 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.14 0.06-0.10

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Last update: September 2019
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22 Comments so far

#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.
#Ghulam Raza Asif on Dec 17, 2017 :
Karachi is best place for tourists, long beach, mosques, churches, tramples, tombs and almost everything. Prices are low. Food in the city is inexpensive on average restaurant. People love to buy clothes here. People of Karachi welcome tourists warmly.
#A on Sep 12, 2017 :
You missed healthcare which can go up to may be pkr 5000 per person? Specially old aged
Including medicines without medical insurance if someone has a medical condition to treat.

Someone should confirm.
#Khan on Jul 29, 2017 :
Cost of living in karachi is very cheap but stressful family of four can live easily on 30000 to 80000 a month depends on the life style
#Ektisham on May 13, 2017 :
Pakistan is one of the best Country on planet earth. I love Pakistan.
#Anas on Jan 10, 2017 :
Well I eat my lunch in 50 rs which is not that expensive :)
#lp on May 08, 2016 :
Karachi is the cheapest in the world. beat any india city by been cheaper than any India city. the poor
people of Karachi can easily live on a income of pkr 5000 a month. potato at hyper star is at 11 pkr a
#H.Mohamed ahmed on Apr 04, 2016 :
Assalamu alaikum, my brothers and sisters in Pakistan. As for informs u iam from Chennai(Madras) I read paks high life style and living conditions.Chennai is 100% cheaper in every aspect. Muslims here alhumdulillah safe in every angle.worldly education Muslims here in South 80% educated.religious,respectable,soft,helping tendencies in all lines of message to u all is change urs bogus system of following West.develop confidence and learn to respect. Come out of education system of pre partition.that only for past 65 years only gave elite class of photo copy of Western made mental slaves.that is the reason what Pakistan today is. Come here to India and how people here are out class mindset.respects each other. Even a poor who has nothing can meet easily president,PM,cm,all berucrates and talk to them.system is public oriented.not money cities every class people lives in apartments and same life style.govt run medical,eng,colleges seats easy for merits and 1litre is 40 inr.vehicle charge per kmtrs is 12 inr.metro govt bus charge per kmtrs is 1 inr.come out of bogus preindepent system of British.learn to leave by respecting all class of people.
#Inam on Feb 12, 2016 :
How much a Driver salary for home driving for 8 hours job. Also a house maid will cost to take of two kids for 8 hrs along home cleaning and washing cloths.
#M-Abid on Jan 31, 2016 :
Pakistan is world poorest country.

No Gas, No Electricity, No Road, No Water, No Job,

Gov't of paskistan has not interested to develop the pakistan...

ALLAH has given the every thing to paskitan.But our politician has not to interested to serve pakistani peoples.

Now pakistan has destroyed in the world..

Our country is very very good but it's peoples & politician has not good..
#Rashid on Jan 04, 2016 :
People who are saying got snatched is depend on luck. I am working in karahci since 12 year in different areas but alhamdulillah never got snatched
#Rasheed on Jan 01, 2016 :
All are telling a lie. Though karachi is cheaper than other cities of Pakistan but it is not as cheap as everyone is saying.
#Raheel on Dec 22, 2015 :
I earn 80,000 but still cannot save. Because every third month i got snatched. Bikes Mobiles and Laptops.
#Matthias S. on Dec 05, 2015 :
I was just checking, because I have an associate there. It may be cheap, but it's not a safe place. If you wanna live in a cheap AND safe place, there is no better option than Bulgaria. Actually, I relocated there from Austria and it is pretty awesome, although a bit boring off the summer season.
#Abdul rammeza on Nov 26, 2015 :
chepest city ever, 130$ is enough for single person with rent, I am also from Somalia study in preston uni main campus
#sohail on Nov 26, 2015 :
my salery is 142.8$= 15000PKR, i am living very happy life in karachi, I drink milk daily, going jym, making fun with my friend every weekend, eating fast food, BBQ with my friend, and i saved 5000 each month :), depand on you life style
#Junaid on Nov 26, 2015 :
my brother salery is 180$ means 19000 PKR , he have married means living 2 person at rent appartment, belive me, they are living happily with no crises, My brother wife teach in ordinary school earn just 1500