Cost of Living in Kathmandu

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 32.09
Rent Index: 4.35
Groceries Index: 28.53
Restaurants Index: 18.42
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 18.78
Local Purchasing Power: 24.20
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 180.00 N₨ 129.18-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,000.00 N₨ 800.00-1,400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 675.00 N₨ 450.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 200.00 N₨ 150.00-300.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 300.00 N₨ 220.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 133.00 N₨ 75.00-225.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 43.33 N₨ 30.00-60.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.31 N₨ 10.00-25.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 301.67 N₨ 246.05-567.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 47.93 N₨ 36.29-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 41.39 N₨ 31.75-54.43
Eggs (12) 145.75 N₨ 120.00-180.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 332.63 N₨ 181.44-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 200.80 N₨ 163.29-238.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 249.48 N₨ 158.76-408.23
Apples (1 lb) 83.09 N₨ 54.43-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 42.52 N₨ 31.75-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 43.50 N₨ 31.75-54.43
Tomato (1 lb) 32.89 N₨ 18.14-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 21.81 N₨ 15.88-31.75
Onion (1 lb) 28.35 N₨ 18.14-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 22.78 N₨ 15.00-35.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 32.92 N₨ 30.00-40.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 900.00 N₨ 600.00-1,200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 186.36 N₨ 140.00-250.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 303.00 N₨ 200.00-450.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 200.00 N₨ 180.00-220.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 N₨ 18.00-20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,125.00 N₨ 900.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 250.00 N₨ 150.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 72.42 N₨ 57.94-128.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 250.00 N₨ 216.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 381.37 N₨ 367.19-412.61
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,500,000.00 N₨ 3,000,000.00-4,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,000,000.00 N₨ 4,000,000.00-8,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,298.98 N₨ 2,100.00-6,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.46 N₨ 2.00-4.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,186.17 N₨ 1,600.00-3,600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,535.71 N₨ 1,500.00-7,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 877.78 N₨ 300.00-1,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 350.00 N₨ 300.00-500.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child ?
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ?
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,516.67 N₨ 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,418.18 N₨ 2,000.00-5,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,181.82 N₨ 2,600.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,458.33 N₨ 2,600.00-6,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,153.85 N₨ 10,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,423.08 N₨ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 24,272.73 N₨ 18,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,692.31 N₨ 10,000.00-22,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 14,864.36 N₨ 7,432.18-23,225.57
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,884.34 N₨ 2,787.07-6,967.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 19,727.27 N₨
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.11 8.00-12.00

Prices in Kathmandu, Nepal

These data are based on 972 entries in the past 18 months from 97 different contributors.
Last update: January, 2017
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Cost of living in Kathmandu is 67.91% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 328.51$ (35,365.24N₨) and for four person family at 1,162.70$ (125,168.50N₨) (without rent).
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11 Comments so far

#AD. Ghimire on Jan 18, 2017 :
Firstly, the kathmandu city is heavy polluted & saturated with the local populous & the people from the rural areas. the rural, terai areas people migrate to the valley for jobs & better economic growth. Off late i have witnessed a lot of tourists getting scammed for money, tourism is a major source of income for the country. as the country heavily relies on foreign remittances the current economic scenario of the country is inflated. Residential property is highly inflated & so is the consumer products, if you looking to visit Nepal then it is my recommendation to visit pokhara & not kathmandu. A local residing in nepal would also be of very help as you would safe from being ripped off. (taxi rides will cost you nearly 300% more than your current country in nepal). Highly recommend to all do your research & then decide.
#T.Chandrashekara on Dec 22, 2016 :
I want to visit the country Nepal.So iam going to collect information to that country.pleace guide me.
#Brad L. on Mar 10, 2016 :
Won't to live their soon.need a one way ticket let my know.
#Rafiullah Marwat on Feb 22, 2016 :
Respected Sir ,
I want to give Trial for Nepal Cricket team and want to be a regular part of Nepal Cricket team.Please give me suggestion.
#ganesh on Sep 25, 2015 :
Kathmandu is way over priced... RS 5650 for gym? Crazy place for a poor country..

No control over wonder the whole country is the most corrupt in the world.
#katja on Dec 21, 2014 :
You can have a decent, big room with private bathroom right in the middle of Kathmandu (by Durbar Square/New Road) for just $95 a month this year. That's only 9,600 rupees, a lot less expensive than you mention.
#Suvesh Sharma on Jul 24, 2014 :
Average monthly salary is not enough to survive in Kathmandu. I'm working in abroad and sending money Nrs. 50000 is not enough for small family and mother. Even I have my own home no need to pay a rent. Everything being expensive including education and medical.
My family was here with me for past four months it was cheaper than keeping them in Nepal.
#manisha on Jul 24, 2014 :
Yes pratik is write. I lived here for 6 months. 3bhk apartment in Nepal,lalitpur, is 35000 npr excluding electricity nd water bill. Electricity nd other charges of building total was6000 npr.also zim per month fee was 5650 npr in flex fitness club .
#A Summers on Jun 16, 2014 :
The Kathmandu Valley is an excellent place to live. It's safe and really cheap to live here. For retired women you can live here in a western style group home for under $700 a month with plenty of spending money. A private car and driver, food prepared for you, a private room with bath, etc. and you will have a great time. If you need one root canal it will pay for your air fare with the savings. You can contact me or check it out by doing a search for Ye Ole Bitches Retreat Center in Changunarayan. You could also do it by yourself for around $1,000, but you'd have to ride the public bus, which means you'd probably end up living in Kathmandu City-very polluted. It's better to live a little higher up.
#Pratik on Jan 12, 2014 :
I don't think the apartment rate is correct. A three bed room apartment near the city center cost at least Rs.30,000 (excluding electricity and other costs).
#Ayan on Dec 27, 2013 :
This is the best place to live