Cost of Living in Manila

Summary about cost of living in Manila:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 ₱ 150.00-400.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,000.00 ₱ 750.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 150.00 ₱ 100.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 ₱ 50.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 75.00-140.00
Cappuccino (regular) 115.95 ₱ 90.00-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 33.12 ₱ 20.00-100.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 17.95 ₱ 10.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 299.99 ₱ 264.98-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 54.94 ₱ 45.36-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 23.11 ₱ 20.41-29.48
Eggs (regular) (12) 81.00 ₱ 70.00-91.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 110.74 ₱ 45.36-226.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 76.44 ₱ 49.90-99.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 132.88 ₱ 95.25-181.44
Apples (1 lb) 68.61 ₱ 27.22-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 29.21 ₱ 22.68-52.79
Oranges (1 lb) 53.52 ₱ 22.68-88.45
Tomato (1 lb) 28.45 ₱ 13.61-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 37.84 ₱ 22.68-54.43
Onion (1 lb) 33.91 ₱ 13.61-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 62.30 ₱ 40.00-120.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 38.31 ₱ 25.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300.00 ₱ 240.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 47.67 ₱ 30.00-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 84.33 ₱ 49.00-120.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 80.00 ₱ 60.00-100.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 ₱ 13.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 800.00 ₱ 450.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 ₱ 20.12-25.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 105.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 197.78 ₱ 177.91-211.98
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,159,500.00 ₱ 898,000.00-1,375,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,042,150.00 ₱ 890,000.00-1,320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,248.58 ₱ 4,000.00-10,625.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.78 ₱ 6.00-10.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,644.26 ₱ 1,400.00-4,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,402.08 ₱ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 337.50 ₱ 150.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 200.00-300.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 11,011.11 ₱ 5,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 422,666.65 ₱ 200,000.00-850,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,213.00 ₱ 1,500.00-3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,367.84 ₱ 1,000.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,078.57 ₱ 3,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,587.50 ₱ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 26,400.00 ₱ 15,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,650.00 ₱ 8,500.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 74,093.75 ₱ 30,000.00-140,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 24,037.50 ₱ 20,000.00-32,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 13,158.94 ₱ 9,290.23-18,580.45
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,119.94 ₱ 2,787.07-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 26,309.52 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.62 6.00-10.00

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Last update: November 2018
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47 Comments so far

#Danny Wolf on Aug 17, 2018 :
If I could do it all over again, I would NEVER come to this shitty country. Too many loser nationalists that blame foreigners now. Very stressful and unwelcoming place a order visitors. High prices for 3rd world. Crime rate and shakedowns too. Filipinos are being exposed for what they really are.
#harald schablow on Jul 22, 2018 :
hallo all of u number nerds, have u noticed that in salary monthly there is no range given? i can tell u why, because the 24 thousand gi ven as average is far too high considering that even in sm malls who pay the government minimum of 500 a day, u dont get more than 15 thousand a month for the sales ladies, and , as u may know, most small businesses dont pay the lawful minimum salary but much less. even a very stressful and well qualified job like call center always night service, often dont exeed 30 thousand peso a month. fazit: 24 thousand a month as average woul dbe so nice, but its a dream. half of that is more realistic. check for yourselves.
#yon on Jul 19, 2018 :
#arvin I'm planning to rent it for a 10 months but via Rentpad website not oficial jazz website so rent for a month is 20-28k php depends of size but im sure utility bill like water and electricity are excluded so I was curious how much per month those two things can cost because I read on one website that its around 1,5k but on the other website that its around 5k for a 20-26m condo so I got confused because 1k and 5k its kinda big gap and I will stay in house only for nights so maybe you can help me out with costs of utilities?
#arvin on Jul 17, 2018 :
#yon normally for a rent of a room in the business district would cost you around Php 1500-2500 for a studio unit per day. Jazz residences is a condo. Condo living is considered a luxury living in manila but there are other condo option nearby that area but it more expensive.
#Yon on Jul 12, 2018 :
Hello can someone tell me what's an average cost of water/electricity bill(in general utilities) for a 20-26 m2 studio in jazz residences or knightsbridge residences in makati? I tried to search it by my own but differences are huge, one person says 1600 php while the other states that 5000 is minimum for such a studio I will be staying in the studio for aprox. 3h and they sleep and go at 8 am to work so most of time studio will be empty.
#jp on Jan 16, 2018 :
what was stated above was too expensive, that's a luxury life style.

a family of four can live on 1500 - 2000 USD per month (this is a decent lifestyle)

for a family of 4 if you want a luxury life it can cost you around 5000 - 6000 USD a month

for a bachelor you can live on 600-800 USD per month that's decent living already
#John Naren on Nov 10, 2017 :
I’m John from India and I have a Filipino girlfriend in Bohol philippines we both in relationship from 2012, she inviting me to her place and even her parents also inviting me so I’m visiting there this month, how much it cost for staying in Jetafe Bohol philippines for 3 months.
#Bob Schlimgen on Apr 27, 2017 :
I just spent a month in San Pero Laguna and after looking at other people post. I think most are living a higher life style then i did when I was there.
Rent is much lower, electric and water are also lower. food prices are around the same, some much lower some higher but not by much.
I could live on 53,300.00 php comfortably. Feeding and housing 2 adults. She works and with her income . Can take care of her 3 kids. We are not going out to the bars. No need too. Don't go to the chain restraints. Only the small places right off the street. Back side streets.
May buy some food from the street vendors that come buy with tasty stuff. As a treat .
#Elle on Apr 15, 2017 :
Hi, does anyone know where I can find an expensive studio for rent for 1-2 months near or around Makati in a safe area?
#Jeff Liechty on Mar 03, 2017 :
Okay, me again, and all smarassedliness aside, I thought I would offer something useful. My girl and I live in San Carlos City, in Negros Occidental (apparently there's more than one San Carlos City here in the Phils). Population here is about 160,000, crime is roughly zero, the people are wonderful here. SCC is about two hours away from Bacolod, which would be the nearest larger city. You can buy your daily needs here no problem but anything specialized (that unusual cable you need for your laptop, etc.) and you're taking a trip to Bacolod, Dumagete, Toledo, etc. Here's what we're paying:
Housing: We live in a fairly crappy two bdrm home, with no hot water, a toilet that isn't plumbed (no water running into the tank so you flush by pouring a bucket of water into the head). The landlord is virtually invisible but there are three air conditioners in the apartment (one in each bedroom and one in the main area). Only one of them works. Landlord says "gee, that's too bad." Rent is 7,500php/$148.86 per month
Electricity: we run our air 24/7 and my bill last month was 1,500php/$29.77.
Water: 159php/$3.16 per month
Security Guard for our Subdivision (who does virtually nothing): 300php/$5.95 per month
I've only been here for six weeks so I'm still trying to nail down a food (grocery) costs but if we prepare all our own meals, I think we're
looking at about $12,000php/$238.18 per month
Transportation (tricycle into town and back maybe 8 trips each week) 1,280php/$25.41 per month.
These costs are based on the current exchange rate of roughly 50 pesos/$1.00. So, pretty damn cheap!!! Hope this might help someone.
#Jeff Liechty on Mar 03, 2017 :
I'm just trying to find out the bleeping kwh rate for my bleeping electricity and bleeping NOBODY has been able to bleeping tell me, INCLUDING, Customer Service at the bleeping utility office and even bleeping google! Bleeeeeep! (This is in San bleeping Carlos bleeping City, btw.)
#Jason on Dec 01, 2016 :
Hi there, i have extended family in Manilla, they tell me that a young call-centre employee; of which millions of Filipinos are, typically earn around 8-10000 pesos a month, and this covers their living expenses, ie a small apartment, utilities, food, transport and leisure. that's around 200 USD per month. So if your a westerner wondering if you will have enough, then stop worrying; unless you want to live luxurious then you have nothing to worry about. Please think people, if it was too expensive, then Filipinos themselves wouldn't be able to live!
Even better if; like me you have family you an stay with. When in Rome, do as Romans do.
#Lfen on Aug 15, 2016 :
Hi, I am a retired American living with my wife in Taguig for 1 year. We can easily live off of $1500 or 70000p a month. This is how it breaks down:
Rent - $540/25000p
Electric - $100/5000p Month running Aircon 24/7
Water - $5/200p
Gas - $14/700p price for 1 tank, lasted 6 months!
Food - $840/39000p for 30 days

We live 2.5km from Bonafacio Global City it costs between $2-3/100-150p for taxi one way. And approximately $5-200p to Makati or airport depending on traffic. Have paid $6-300p to airport due to traffic.

Our income is $4600, we bank $3000 every month and use the remaining $1500-$1600 to live on. You can live much cheaper in Pasay or other areas but these are the prices in Taguig. Out of the center but still close enough to enjoy and have some fun. Hopes this helps
#firelitother on Aug 14, 2016 :
Hi everyone,

I am looking at working in NCR. My current take home pay in Mindanao is around 20k. How much should my salary be in NCR to be able to at least bring home the samy take home pay?
#Bill on Jul 29, 2016 :
I did the maths.. Me along with my girl have two rental properties in QC (squatters area also in ANGELES) we only get 6000 p a month on those 2 places, intending to buy more to increase rentals to roughly 14-16,000p a month.
We have land also with a house being built in QP with furnishing it also a hut on our land, land, house, nippa, furnishing it comes to about 2,000,000p (all inclusive including power, water tank)
We are spending roughly 300,000p on furnishings (built into the 2,000,000) the guesstimate@ current costs puts us 10,000p on food along with electricity, internet (cable) not a lavish lifestyle, but what we have we own and not paying dead money in rentals.
#lollippop on Jul 13, 2016 :
#Aswler If you rent outside BGC but still within Taguig, that will be around P12K a month (check in BCDA). Add around 5k for utilities and budget P1k for everyday expenses (eating out, commuting/taxi, etc.) so that's 47k total. The difference from 60k to 47k is probably enough to cover for your taxes.

You won't have much left for savings. But you'll probably be able to save at least 2k per month for travelling.
#Intellectually Stupid on Jun 23, 2016 :
#Aswler You can find an studio or 1 bd. apartment/condo in Eastwood City from 17k to 20k a month. It is a very safe neighborhood but commuting to taguig for work is a nightmare bec of the traffic. There are also condos for rent in the Taguig area but they are more expensive - starting at around 30k a month.

You also have an option to rent a condo/apartment in Makati - outside of ayala - for 15k to 20k. That leave you about 40k a month. If you cook for your everyday meals, it would run you about 3k pesos a mont. Utilities, including internet is about 5k a month.

Let's say it would leave you at total of 30k a month for yourself but, remember, I have not taken income taxes into consideration.

I can say you can live off with 60k pesos a month but you just have to budget your money wisely.
#Aswler on May 10, 2016 :
Hi to everybody! I wonder if the lical experts here can give me a feedback on a job I have recently seen in Taguig. They offer around 60 thousand pesos, without any accommodation or other benefits mentioned. I am a single person. How can I live with that? I do not need luxury but I do not want to restrict myself in terms of going/eating out or travelling. Thanks for any hints.
#SST on Mar 24, 2016 :
I am travelling abroad for the first time and this opprotunity is from Manila. What is the normal expenses and a good saving there?
#Penguin on Feb 26, 2016 :
Hi, my name is Penguin. I used to be a villain fighting Batman in Gotham City. But now that I'm retired my family and I are considering moving from Antarctica where we currently reside to a place with a much warmer climate like the Philippines. Would this be a feasible option? I've heard that I might run into problems with local superheroes like Captain Barbel, Darna, Super Islaw and Lastikman etc.
#Emily on Nov 29, 2015 :
I came up with this site and is surprised to see how accurate the figures are.

For Tony and those looking to retire in manila here is the link Philippine Retirement Agency is a government owned and controlled corporation, a program offered to foreigners who plan to retire in the Philippines. You will also be provided a Special Retirement Resident Visa (srrv) with some extra perks and benefits.

To those who intend to work in Manila, I suggest you demand free housing or transportation to add to your relocation benefit and that the house/ condominium provided should be in the same district of your office location.
I am Filipina and each job I take in Manila, I move in near my work to save myself from the hassle of the horrible traffic. The salary would vary depending on the company, the position and of course your certifications and trainings and qualifications. I suggest you take on a job comparison survey online or search for similar jobs offered by top companies.
Security is okay, as long as you remain in the boundaries of the safe zone. If you are wild and careless chances are you will be in unsafe zone with unsafe people then be prepared for danger. Maniacs often get what they deserve in this part of the world!

Education from private schools in the Manila is excellent for your children. There are numerous international schools in almost every business district. I also suggest you buy fresh produce from the local market on weekends to save on food expenses and avoid eating out or the nightlife if you wish to save money.
For the outdoor adventurers, I have managed to travel every month to different places around the country and spend an average of Php 2,000 only per travel + existing local airfare if it is outside Luzon. Manila is also a good entry point for travel within Asia which I also do for leisure. Airfares are quite affordable.
#King Kano on Nov 01, 2015 :
Where do they get these prices? Especially rent? Food is much higher and rent lower
#tony on Oct 21, 2015 :
Question to Alex (Oct 10)

I would like to know if still a good to time to invest rental property in prime locations in Manila?
I have a funds that is in stocks and planning to retire next year for my social security benefits to live on by myself. I have enough funds to have at least put 40% down each for 3 condos rental property. I would like your input of what are do's and don't s to invest a condos rental property.
Thank you
#Alex on Oct 10, 2015 :
Hi there all

Been married to a filipina for many yrs 30+ ... Invested in properties in manila over 20yrs ago and have built up a fantastic portfolio of properties at a total worth of P120million of which are all rented out.

So if anyone who is planning to come and live in Manila am more than happy to give you free tips on the best properties to invest in
#R. Bartolome on Oct 02, 2015 :
It seems lots of questions regarding a place to stay here in Manila. Those looking for help in real estate (places to rent, average rent, best place, best condo to buy, etc.) Don't hesitate to contact me at My team will help you find your best home here in the Philippines.
#Angie K on Aug 07, 2015 :
Hello there, I have a townhouse 3 bedroom 2baths available in January 2016 located in Project 6 Quezon City available for Php 12,000.00 monthly. You can email me at if interested. Thank You
#Kat on Jun 22, 2015 :
Pretty sure the same shareholders who decided to outsource my job, are the same investors who push our rents up 12% a year. I can't rent an outhouse in Appalachia for the wages they pay these outsources peeps.
#Moh on Jun 20, 2015 :
Looking for honest business partners to join any small profitable business can be male or female and can be inside or outside the Philippines . Please email me at : and lets discuss any reasonable business ideas .

Thank you.
#Big Johnson on Jun 12, 2015 :
I've read most of these posts and they seem like people are getting accurate info. That being said, how hard is it to get a job in Manila as an expat? Does anyone have any contacts or leads? Willing to discuss education, skills & training via email. I have monthly income of about P69k monthly until I find work. Would be looking for operations manager related or anything involving admin. management positions. I have a medical background with the US Army and social science degree. Thanks!
#Anonymous on May 26, 2015 :
There is a govt agency called PRA (Philippine Retirement Agency).Its function is to attract retirees and provide assistance. Stay blessed!
#Anonymous on May 21, 2015 :
Hi all,
Any one needing a place to stay. I offer my condo unit at heart of global city for only 35,000 php monthly . Please contact me or email me direct owner. Lev_hi@yahoo.con
#morgandollar on Apr 23, 2015 :
My wife and I will have $10,000/month retirement gross income when we retire in 3 years. We're planning to buy a condo but which area has the best condo location in Manila?
#Manuelm106 on Apr 07, 2015 :
Hi, I am being able offered a position in Manila, with a base salary of 59000 and a taxable allowance of 40000. What kind of live can I afford? What would be the tax burden? I appreciate any comments I can get. Thanks
#elijah on Mar 18, 2015 :
I am a student in 200level in nigeria who which to transfer to manilla university. Plz can u share more light on this
#Mich on Mar 10, 2015 :
@Giusseppe Your decision will depend greatly on your goals. Cebu and Manila are vastly different. Cebu is rapidly developing, and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes more commercialized in the next 10 years. Manila, being the center of foreign and local investments, will pay higher than its provincial counterpart. It is all up to you, weigh how much risk you would be willing to take with the new venture. Work in Manila and retire in Cebu, maybe?:)
#Mich on Mar 10, 2015 :
I am a local residing in Manila (city center) and I would like to help you with your questions.

@awnurse2002: Excluding airfare to and from Manila, $3000 would be more than enough. If you plan to go on trips during your 7 day stay, I suggest you make an itinerary. There are plenty posted on the internet with budget breakdowns included. Top spots outside the metro: El Nido, Calaguas, etc.

@Victor: Cost of studies will depend on the course you would like to take. You may contact De Lasalle directly for rates and fees for international students. Accommodation may cost anywhere from Php 5000 (shared room) to Php 20,000 (condo unit). It depends on the location and number of occupants. Meals can cost anywhere from Php 80 to 250 within the university. Transportation costs will depend on your proximity to the school.

Basic fare:
Jeepney - php 7.50 (minimum fare)
Fx - php 15 (minimum fare)
LRT train - php 12 (minimum)
#awnurse2002 on Feb 22, 2015 :
I am planning to take a 7 day vacation to the philippines Manila. I will have a date im meeting there. Will $3000 US dollars be enough for 7 days?
#Victor on Feb 14, 2015 :
I'm a Nigerian, planning of study in De La Salle University for a 4 years course. How much will it cost me to secure an Accommodation, Feeding, Transportation e.t.c and also the possibility of getting a part time Job.
#Giusseppe on Feb 13, 2015 :
Hi all,

I'm from Cebu with a wife and a 1yr old daughter currently earning around 80K/month net (Gross around 115K/month). I'm currently being interviewed for a role and I'm contemplating if I should accept it if it pushes through. I'm asking around 120K/month net (175K/month gross) - is that a good deal?

Although 80K/month in Cebu is good, one thing I'm considering is the career opportunities in MNL compared to Cebu. I'm still 31 and moving to Manila means earning more in the next years to come as opposed to the opportunities getting higher pay in Cebu. You don't get much opportunities with that salary.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Is it:
1. Ask for more? or
2. Just stay in Cebu since 80K/month net in Cebu is ok already?

Your thoughts will be appreciated.

#Rasler on Feb 05, 2015 :
@Subhash Chandra Yadav

Details, where in the philippines and for what position?


The best place to retire will be Cebu, Pampanga, Laguna and Palawan


That depends, are you in High School/College and what degree would you be taking?
#UsmcExPat on Feb 02, 2015 :
Is $2,843 us enough to live off of and go to school a month in the Philippines?
#Maria on Jan 30, 2015 :
I am 61 year old woman (divorced) and planning to retire on 07/31/2016. I will be collecting over $4,000.00 with my Calpers pension and SS before taxes so figured net about $3,400.00. Where in the Philippines (nice area) I can live well without worrying getting rob while I am asleep?
#Subhash Chandra Yadav on Jan 12, 2015 :
Dear All,

Could you please suggest me what will be best salary package
for a single man candidate in Philippines.
and i have to bear only food changes where flat and transport facility will be provided by the company.

Would appreciate your immediate response.

Thanks in advance.


Subhash Yadav
#Hkg on Dec 27, 2014 :
Hi , this site have lot of good information and is helpful. I am an Indian planning offered a job in Taguig Manila with 1,30,000 peso/month post tax. I have family of 3 (me, wife, kid of 5 yr). Can someone please suggest what would be my approx cost of life, including kid's education in a good school. I would like to rent a 1br house. Thanks!
#switlu on Dec 20, 2014 :
Rajan, the p40000 compensation are enough for you and your spouse.
#Rajan on Dec 19, 2014 :
Hi all,

I have been offered a onsite in Manila and will be paid around 40000 Pesos per month. Can any one guide me if it is sufficient for two person (accommodation provided by company). Thanks
#viky on Dec 09, 2014 :
HI I am a bachelor moving to phillipinnes for a 3 month stay, I will be paid around $3500 a month. I want to know what the rents are like in Cebu city or Makati city for a fully furnished 1 BR flat for a month.