Cost of Living in Lahore

Summary of cost of living in Lahore, Pakistan:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 Rs. 300.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 Rs. 3,000.00-9,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,200.00 Rs. 1,000.00-1,500.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,000.00 Rs. 400.00-2,000.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,050.00 Rs. 600.00-3,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 517.65 Rs. 200.00-750.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 88.57 Rs. 60.00-114.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 61.38 Rs. 50.00-100.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 784.24 Rs. 605.67-1,059.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 167.85 Rs. 99.79-244.94
Rice (white), (1 lb) 157.14 Rs. 108.86-204.12
Eggs (regular) (12) 341.32 Rs. 240.00-480.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 707.47 Rs. 272.16-1,133.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 310.33 Rs. 217.72-453.59
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 481.08 Rs. 362.87-680.39
Apples (1 lb) 126.78 Rs. 85.28-181.44
Banana (1 lb) 76.53 Rs. 45.36-136.08
Oranges (1 lb) 74.74 Rs. 27.22-158.76
Tomato (1 lb) 65.37 Rs. 27.22-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 43.09 Rs. 22.68-63.50
Onion (1 lb) 64.50 Rs. 36.29-100.00
Lettuce (1 head) 127.06 Rs. 50.00-200.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 93.38 Rs. 50.00-130.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 200.00 Rs. 100.00-950.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 144.21 Rs. 100.00-300.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 262.50 Rs. 130.00-500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 550.00 Rs. 350.00-700.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 Rs. 40.00-80.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,000.00 Rs. 1,000.00-3,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 200.00 Rs. 150.00-350.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 160.93 Rs. 96.56-321.87
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 400.00 Rs. 250.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1,070.66 Rs. 991.78-1,252.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,000,000.00 Rs. 5,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,310,912.14 Rs. 5,575,000.00-7,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 29,567.72 Rs. 15,000.00-50,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 1,229.95 Rs. 868.00-2,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,299.96 Rs. 3,000.00-7,250.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,166.67 Rs. 1,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,571.43 Rs. 1,000.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,400.00 Rs. 850.00-1,850.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 9,039.68 Rs. 5,000.00-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 321,700.00 Rs. 180,000.00-1,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,354.55 Rs. 1,500.00-8,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 6,470.59 Rs. 3,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 19,882.35 Rs. 7,000.00-30,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 8,261.90 Rs. 4,000.00-15,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 31,222.22 Rs. 20,000.00-70,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 20,000.00 Rs. 12,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 76,842.11 Rs. 40,000.00-120,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 53,368.42 Rs. 30,000.00-100,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 17,261.51 Rs. 11,110.91-24,999.79
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 14,500.93 Rs. 9,290.23-19,999.83
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 49,578.95 Rs.
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 18.94 12.40-25.00

Prices in Lahore

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Last update: June 2024
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7 Comments so far
online billing on Jun 14, 2024:
The cost of living in Lahore has seen notable changes, reflecting the city's economic dynamics and growth. Housing, utilities, transportation, and daily necessities all contribute to the overall expenses, making it crucial for residents and newcomers to budget wisely. While Lahore offers a rich cultural experience and diverse amenities, the rising costs, particularly in utilities and housing, highlight the need for careful financial planning. Access to up-to-date information on expenses is essential for maintaining a balanced lifestyle in this vibrant city. Sharing insights and tips on managing costs can greatly benefit those navigating the financial landscape of Lahore. For more information on managing your electricity bills, visit [](
Ahmed Nauman Tariq on Jun 24, 2023:
These prices are pretty accurate.
The price of everything has increased three times in the last 3-4 years. Especially after 2022.
coinyew on Nov 29, 2022:
i have never really felt dangerous in lahore, it is safe, i haven't seen crime or burgularies in real life, only in the news at times, but overall, it's not dangerous.
Burraq on Jun 23, 2022:
The rental process was easy starting with the online reservation system and application forms to the actual in person check in process. The attendants helped me reduce cots on insurance and blend my insurance with the one offered by Burraq Rental Company, this was extremely helpful and sign of excellent service. After that everything went well even down to the return of the car which went fairly smoothly. Overall I am very satisfied with the rental service - process and product “”
Hunter on Aug 26, 2021:
The year on year price inflation in this country is beyond what is to be expected for a new Pakistan.
While everyday items have almost doubled in price over these past 3 years luxury goods have been made into tax cash cows meanwhile the average income of Anyone Living in this country would range from as low as 8000 to 300000 while most of the workers make around 15-30k
These salaries haven't been increased with the inflation only those at the top seem to profiteering off of these new regulations the employers of small businesses can't raise salaries because their margins haven't been increased meanwhile the lower class keeps having to juggle b/w either paying for utilities or eating 3 meals per day life has gotten alot more miserable meanwhile the P.M will tell you Pakistan is well on its way to a new dawn also I don't believe the inflation rate shown on Google is accurate plus their are less investment opportunities in this country you can't even invest into foreign stocks without jumping through alot of hoops meanwhile the stock market in Pakistan looks like a joke in comparison for anyone looking to turn their rags into riches
SK on Jul 17, 2021:
I live in Lahore and actually I thought it was a pretty accurate summation of how much it costs to live in here. My daughter is foreign qualified and earning a pretty decent wage, way above what is quoted by Anonymous here. I am earning in a higher bracket too being more experienced. In fact if I took some trouble I could bring down my grocery bill too. My parents moved in with me due to Covid 19 and now their apartment has not been lived in for some three months and all the utility bolls except for the tax and the cooperative society bills are very very nominal. If you live in areas where it is easy to put a line and steal electricity then only will you get inflated bills without using it now that they have installed meters which cannot be tampered with. I hope this helps.
Anonymous on Aug 04, 2020:
People looking at these prices dont be fooled. Real prices are way beyond what's shown here. Only the electricity bill of one rental bedroom in Iqbal town area was PKR.15,000 for the month of July 2020. This for a person who did not live in that room for the whole month due to travelling to other city. When complained to LESCO, the SDO said they send bills based on the meter reading so who has to investigate why meter reading shows usage of PKR.15k worth of electricity of an EMPTY ROOM where no one lived for the whole month of July 2020??? This is only the electricity cost. The rest of the prices of commodities given in this table are highly misleading. Each product prices is list below PKR.10 to 300 lower than the actual prices people are forced to pay. And average monthly salary PKR.35,700??? Seriously which Pakistan is this information is about? Surely whoever has submitted this very wrong information is based on another planet because Lahore city of Pakistan of planet earth doesn't offer more than PKR.15-20k as a BASIC SALARY for a FOREIGN EDUCATED person with good foreign work experience. And add 16% GST on purchase of every item that exists for human survival.

Anyone looking to move to this city, get your facts from someone already living in this city & not from highly misleading sites such as these or you'll end up struggling quite bad. As of 2020, only with a monthly salary of PKR.200K, one can avoid living a DOG LIFE. And be very realistic on the fact that there are NO companies in Pakistan anymore that offer that much salary to mid-career professionals with advance business degree & relevant experience. Probably only CEOs & related ranks earn that much.

Also keep in mind that unless you live a very secluded life of your own with no or rare interactions with locals, expect to spend 4 times more than what's listed here.