Cost of Living in Lahore

Summary about cost of living in Lahore:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 250.00 Rs. 150.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,500.00 Rs. 1,000.00-2,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 650.00 Rs. 530.00-800.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 Rs. 300.00-600.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,000.00 Rs. 500.00-1,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 281.74 Rs. 150.00-400.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 36.09 Rs. 25.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 28.54 Rs. 20.00-35.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 393.94 Rs. 302.83-492.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 55.51 Rs. 40.82-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 57.78 Rs. 49.90-72.57
Eggs (regular) (12) 108.19 Rs. 86.00-120.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 324.49 Rs. 113.40-544.31
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 149.02 Rs. 113.40-195.04
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 234.37 Rs. 181.44-340.19
Apples (1 lb) 76.89 Rs. 54.43-99.79
Banana (1 lb) 38.90 Rs. 27.22-68.04
Oranges (1 lb) 47.53 Rs. 22.68-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 36.72 Rs. 22.68-70.00
Potato (1 lb) 17.12 Rs. 9.07-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 20.20 Rs. 13.61-31.75
Lettuce (1 head) 63.09 Rs. 30.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 53.24 Rs. 50.00-80.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 477.00 Rs. 400.00-500.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 300.80 Rs. 206.00-377.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 735.44 Rs. 445.00-1,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 170.00 Rs. 150.00-212.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 Rs. 20.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 Rs. 300.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 150.00 Rs. 100.00-200.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 40.23 Rs. 25.75-48.28
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 250.00 Rs. 200.00-400.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 379.55 Rs. 348.26-423.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,800,000.00 Rs. 1,500,000.00-2,200,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,420,390.24 Rs. 2,000,000.00-3,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 11,162.62 Rs. 7,000.00-17,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.20 Rs. 1.36-3.67
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,106.67 Rs. 1,500.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,005.17 Rs. 1,000.00-5,100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,107.68 Rs. 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 600.00 Rs. 500.00-1,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,569.77 Rs. 3,000.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 154,848.48 Rs. 60,000.00-400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,424.56 Rs. 1,200.00-4,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,525.00 Rs. 2,500.00-7,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,250.00 Rs. 4,000.00-11,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,496.50 Rs. 3,000.00-8,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 19,250.00 Rs. 10,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,857.14 Rs. 7,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 40,181.82 Rs. 25,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 28,121.95 Rs. 15,000.00-45,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,264.69 Rs. 7,141.94-15,999.87
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 9,196.05 Rs. 4,645.11-14,999.88
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 34,102.58 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.35 9.00-20.00

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Last update: July 2019
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11 Comments so far

#MR on Apr 17, 2019 :
Cost of living is not that bad in Pakistan compared to India. I compared prices in Lahore in Indian Rupees. May be 10%-15%. Why people are crying?
#Mahesh on Feb 22, 2019 :
Tomato’s and other vegetables have risen in prices
It was almost 200 ripper per one kg
#zarar on Oct 30, 2018 :
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#Anonymous on Aug 14, 2016 :
I agree on the comment that salary less than 150,000 is so struggling...
#Azad on May 29, 2016 :
I love living in Pakistan only for 6 months a year I will be honest with you I don't know any poor people apart from are servants I suppose that's the way its always been coming from a upper mind class generation
#Anonymous on May 29, 2016 :
Living in Lahore below a salary of PKR.150,000 provided you would be renting would be just as living a dog life. Including all the taxi and other costs, do not even imagine moving to Lahore on a salary below PKR.150,000. Pakistani locals are very used to living the dog life that their past and new governments have forced them to live. But any foreigners with Pakistani origin, dont be fooled by this list of prices. Come to live yourself for a few months if you can, life here is very expensive.
#Anonymous on May 29, 2016 :
Sam, I totally agree with you. I wonder if Babar Bajwa ever comes out of his stable in some village. As far as Lahore is concerned, life is highly expensive and getting more expensive every day. Cost of living in Islamabad is more than double of Lahore. I have no clue where this website is getting its data from.... This info is correct from what the prices were like 10 years ago but not at present.
#Mehak on May 29, 2016 :
I strongly object to the above mentioned prices. The mentioned in the list are so low whereas in reality the prices are higher. I have been living in Lahore for almost 5 years now. Below is what I ALWAYS pay for my purchases. Nowhere do I see the prices mentioned above on the list. I dont know where this website is getting highly inaccurate data. It has made me so angry because this website is not providing the actual list of prices. Here is what prices in Lahore are in reality:


Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00


Milk (regular), (1 liter) Rs.215

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 60

Rice (white), (1kg) 150.00

Eggs (12) 120

Local Cheese (1kg) 600.00

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 600

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 600

Apples (1kg) 180

Banana (1kg) 150.00

Oranges (1kg) 130.00

Tomato (1kg) 120.00

Potato (1kg) 70.00

Onion (1kg) 80.00

Lettuce (1 head) 50.00

Water (1.5 liter bottle) 60.00


Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 350 (For 4-5 KMS)

And last I checked to rent a furnished room in the city in a shared house was for PKR.30,000 and mind you, that would not be a great room to live but some messy, maid/store room which the family has emptied to rent out.

The prices are sky rocketing and job market is dead. The misleading list of expenses above is not helpful at all. If I was not living here already, going by that list, I would be over spending the budget made based on this above list. Correct your data.
#Muhammad Akmal Khan on May 18, 2016 :
there are no such security issues in Pakistan which one consider, its hype of media which presents the bad image of Pakistan in front of local and international people, the worst media any nation can have funded by India.
There are anti state elements in every nation which have to be controlled by state by some how state trying to minimize there effects.
In Pakistan they exist too they could be 0.0000001% of the whole nation, but the attention they get is like they belong to other percentage.
One thing is clear we are very hospitable nation, although we have some faults but not like many people around the world assume because of national and international media most of which have agenda to declare Pakistan as failed state because of some anti state elements.
#Umair on Sep 09, 2015 :
Min.Salary is Rs.12,000 in the law or as it must be a minimum wage of Rs.12,000,but a decent & good human being employer/boss will pay you,from his vast profits or companies profit they make,rest everyone can exploit and get the work as bondage labour which is a shame on Pakistani society.

Rs,12,000(12K) is minimum,but it must goes up with CPI or Price index of commodities.
#Miurvis on Sep 08, 2015 :
Can someone tell me what is the minimum salary in Pakistan.