Cost of Living in Lahore

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 32.15
Rent Index: 6.08
Groceries Index: 27.39
Restaurants Index: 28.40
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 19.82
Local Purchasing Power: 46.33
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00 Rs. 200.00-400.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,750.00 Rs. 1,000.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 600.00 Rs. 500.00-700.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 Rs. 200.00-400.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 500.00 Rs. 400.00-700.00
Cappuccino (regular) 260.67 Rs. 130.00-400.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 37.00 Rs. 30.00-45.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 26.43 Rs. 20.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 363.82 Rs. 302.83-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 53.53 Rs. 45.36-63.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 59.65 Rs. 45.36-68.04
Eggs (12) 98.56 Rs. 72.00-120.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 221.13 Rs. 136.08-272.16
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 158.19 Rs. 113.40-226.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 219.54 Rs. 181.44-272.16
Apples (1 lb) 64.20 Rs. 45.36-81.65
Banana (1 lb) 39.08 Rs. 22.68-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 45.86 Rs. 27.22-58.97
Tomato (1 lb) 37.94 Rs. 22.68-54.43
Potato (1 lb) 23.62 Rs. 18.14-31.75
Onion (1 lb) 25.51 Rs. 15.88-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 41.11 Rs. 20.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 53.82 Rs. 45.00-60.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 1,350.00 Rs. 500.00-2,500.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 271.67 Rs. 150.00-500.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 475.00 Rs. 300.00-1,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 150.00 Rs. 110.00-170.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 25.50 Rs. 20.00-35.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs. 500.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 200.00 Rs. 100.00-250.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 44.26 Rs. 28.97-56.33
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 250.00 Rs. 200.00-350.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 265.31 Rs. 246.05-291.48
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,650,000.00 Rs. 1,200,000.00-2,300,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,933,500.00 Rs. 1,700,000.00-2,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 9,775.72 Rs. 7,000.00-15,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.62 Rs. 2.00-3.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,550.00 Rs. 2,500.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,321.43 Rs. 2,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,106.25 Rs. 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 500.00 Rs. 400.00-700.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,545.00 Rs. 1,500.00-4,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,557.14 Rs. 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,650.00 Rs. 3,200.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,735.00 Rs. 2,500.00-5,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,117.65 Rs. 10,000.00-22,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 11,125.00 Rs. 8,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 34,750.00 Rs. 25,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 25,705.82 Rs. 17,000.00-40,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,322.48 Rs. 5,999.95-19,999.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,376.80 Rs. 6,503.16-9,999.92
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 37,543.92 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 12.75 10.00-15.00

Prices in Lahore, Pakistan

These data are based on 1149 entries in the past 18 months from 114 different contributors.
Last update: October, 2016
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Cost of living in Lahore is 67.85% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 388.93$ (40,767.18Rs.) and for four person family at 1,309.33$ (137,240.71Rs.) (without rent).
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19 Comments so far

#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.
#Prof. Dr. Asif Mahmood on May 03, 2015 :
The Cost of Living Should Be Described In Proportion to the Average Earning and Purchase Power of 95% Community ...... We should Exclude the Rest 5% Population as they do not represent the Common Persons' Group.
#Anonymous on Apr 01, 2015 :
Can anyone post here everything price in Pakistan?like grocery oil,suger,etc and also prices of normal restaurants lunch,dinner thanks
#neelam on Feb 22, 2015 :
Lahore is nice I am in gulberg our servant does not have a car lol.
#ejaz on Jan 25, 2015 :
Always love to your country .its not a good idea to leave the country for security. Have courage. More than 18 million people are living in this country .
##Nadeem Zafar on Nov 01, 2014 :
but friends here in pakistan mostly peoples have a 12000 to 25000 salary and if he have rent house and family responsibility then how they manage. if abroad things are expensive then there are many other facilities are available from government but Pakistani government is bullshit they always just full there pockets and run in other countries to live for politically living no any person is wellwisher of pakistan. from start to now every person is just eating and cheating. I see many peoples here near me they sleep with empty stomach without eat anything 00923008798272 its my number if you want to see these peoples just contact to me and then I will show you where and how life is destroying in front of our eyes
#Zeeshan on Aug 18, 2014 :
If you want the good life in Pakistan that is comprable to US/Canada, you need to make atleast 3.5 to 5 lakhs rupees per month. Most do not. But even if you do, you must take into account stability factor and security situation. Really depends on what you want out of life.
#Kamran on Feb 27, 2014 :
I love to live in pakistan but due to security danger i dont feel safe in pakistan i have 5 houses in uk & well establish busines but only one thing i am concern about my family dont feel safe if provide high security were i can feel free to live i can establish my busines in pakistan
#Faiq Ahmed Wyne on Nov 26, 2013 :
PLease guide me on how to evaluate my target income according to my these indexes and family's current consumption of food, services etc.
#sam on Dec 27, 2012 :
Of course we have the best jobs and the highest salary so therefore can afford luxuries. On top of which we bring pound sterling with us and get a lot more rupees for our money.. Even my servant and her family live a luxury lifestyle and have their own car!!
#sam on Dec 27, 2012 :
Er excuse me Babar but where did you get your statistics from? I live in the uk and own 4 homes in lahore. Cost of food and living are extremely high in Pakistan in comparison to the UK. With so much corruption and no law and order how can Pakistan be the best place in the world?? Is that why so many people are fleeing to the UK?
#Babar Bajwa on Nov 03, 2012 :
still food prices nd cost of living in pakistan is much cheaper than America,Canada and other European and only bad thing is limited job opportunities.
otherwise Pakistan is the best place to live happily in the whole world.