Cost of Living in Manama

Summary about cost of living in Manama:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.50 BHD 1.04-4.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 15.00 BHD 12.00-20.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2.50 BHD 2.00-3.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 BHD 3.50-4.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.75 BHD 2.50-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.81 BHD 1.20-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.28 BHD 0.20-0.90
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.14 BHD 0.10-0.30
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.47 BHD 1.51-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.36 BHD 0.23-0.45
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.40 BHD 0.23-0.45
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.16 BHD 0.69-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1.02 BHD 0.45-1.81
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 0.99 BHD 0.54-2.04
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1.49 BHD 0.94-2.27
Apples (1 lb) 0.37 BHD 0.23-0.45
Banana (1 lb) 0.37 BHD 0.23-0.45
Oranges (1 lb) 0.38 BHD 0.23-0.54
Tomato (1 lb) 0.30 BHD 0.14-0.38
Potato (1 lb) 0.21 BHD 0.14-0.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.17 BHD 0.11-0.23
Lettuce (1 head) 0.92 BHD 0.50-1.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.28 BHD 0.20-0.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 BHD 5.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.67 BHD 0.60-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.36 BHD 1.04-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.00 BHD 2.00-2.10
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 BHD 0.30-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 14.00 BHD 12.00-15.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 BHD 1.20-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 BHD 0.32-0.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.00 BHD 1.00-3.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 0.70 BHD 0.53-0.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 8,000.00 BHD 5,500.00-10,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 7,022.73 BHD 6,000.00-8,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 63.67 BHD 30.00-95.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.04 BHD 0.03-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 20.38 BHD 10.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.70 BHD 15.00-37.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.68 BHD 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.50 BHD 3.00-4.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 93.17 BHD 45.00-200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,234.78 BHD 1,400.00-3,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 16.12 BHD 10.00-30.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 17.67 BHD 10.00-25.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 27.81 BHD 20.00-39.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 26.12 BHD 15.00-40.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 339.33 BHD 200.00-450.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 230.37 BHD 130.00-350.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 677.59 BHD 500.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 461.38 BHD 270.00-650.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 99.57 BHD 65.03-116.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 66.00 BHD 32.52-79.80
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 448.50 BHD
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.85 4.00-10.00

Prices in Manama

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Last update: September 2019
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14 Comments so far

#Bhavesh on Mar 16, 2019 :

I am having an offer sales executive job in Bahrain Manama city. They are offering me 475BHD per month. Accommodation and transport is taken care by company.

Can anyone tell me that what will be my per month expenses excluding house rent and transport. I will be single person with no dependents. So can anyone let me know what will be my per month expenses.
#Nathan on Feb 21, 2019 :
Hi All

I'm an Aussie who has been offered a position in Bahrain. Total package of 6000 BHD/month inclusive of wage/schooling/housing/car in addition to full medical insurance for my family and an annual return ticket to Australia for the family.

As a family of four (kids 11 and 8) I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea if this is a decent package and if its worth the move to the middle east?
#Faisal on Jan 15, 2019 :
Good day i am a full time college student and want to rent an apartment to live on my own to be independent my question is if i work a part time job maybe minimum wage will i be able to afford to rent an apartment here in Bahrain including electricity water etc... your response is appreciated.

Thank you!!
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#Ali on Nov 20, 2018 :
If you are planning to live in Bahrain, and you have been offered a salary of BHD 1000 per month... you can live a dignified life in any part of Bahrain you wish to live in. One bed apartment fully inclusive of utility bills will cost you between 180 to 300 BD depending on the area. If your company is offering you free transport, your other major cost is covered. I would say if you spend BHD 300 on your food, mobile bill, party etc... you are still left with BHD 400 to send home. This salary can easily support other dependants like wife and a kind.
#kunal joshi on Nov 06, 2018 :
I am getting offer BHD of 500 Per month please confirm is it ok let us know cost of leaving for 1 person at BHD
#Anonymous on Aug 02, 2018 :
I am planning to shift in a 1bhk flat(excluding ewa) next month, along with my wife and daughter, they both are likely to stay home throughout the day... What could b the approx expenses I am likely to incur on ewa every mnth
#suneet on Apr 28, 2017 :
How much BHD should be asked to a IT company to survive in Bahrain + 1000 PHD saving accompanying wife and 6 years kid.
#Ken rice on Jan 27, 2017 :
I live in Juffair (Mañana) and my 3 BR high rise apartment was 1100 BHD ($2800 USD) which included utilities, satélite cable, Internet and maid service 2 times per week.
#RAUL on Jun 29, 2016 :
how about a salary of 600 Dinar with accomodation,insurance provided by the it enough for the position of Fitness manager
#Rathore on Jun 01, 2016 :
I may getting a offer in Bahrain with salary of 400 bd.
Advise the cost of leaving and it's fruitful to join there.
#shamey on Apr 25, 2016 :
I am getting an job in bahrain with 300 BHD without accommodation and food.
#Anonymous on Feb 26, 2016 :
I just come back from a business trip in bahrain in preparation of a relocation from the US and I was shocked to see the disparity between what 3 realtors showed me, and what your website shows regarding prices for housing. I will grant you that I am american and that I will not take any sort of accomodation, but I come from the countryside in the US where housing is cheap and plentiful, and Bahrain was a change. There is hardly anything in the "middle range" in Bahrain, so that the minimum for westerners seems to be already at the lower end of luxury housing.
I did not see a single apartment that was at less than 850 BHD per month (all inclusive), and the cost of utilities bills was provided to us when we visited a 2br "house", not apartment, in Amwaj and a small 3br house in Saar, and both had closely matching amounts. These utilities costs are also bound to go up very soon as the subsidies are being pulled away for expatriates.
#praveen on Dec 11, 2015 :
I am getting an job in bahrain with 300 BHD with free accommodation and without food.

For food the max how much it will cost (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)?.

Please do needful on these