Cost of Living in Manila

Summary about cost of living in Manila, Philippines:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.12 $ 2.08-7.27
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20.78 $ 10.39-33.25
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.12 $ 2.49-4.01
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.66 $ 0.87-3.12
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.70 $ 1.87-4.16
Cappuccino (regular) 2.67 $ 1.25-3.74
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.74 $ 0.52-1.25
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.44 $ 0.42-1.04
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.99 $ 5.51-9.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.94-1.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.48 $ 0.42-0.66
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.99 $ 1.04-2.49
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.03 $ 1.13-7.54
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.88 $ 1.00-2.64
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.93 $ 1.89-4.24
Apples (1 lb) 1.27 $ 0.66-1.89
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.38-1.41
Oranges (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.47-1.89
Tomato (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.28-1.13
Potato (1 lb) 0.91 $ 0.47-1.89
Onion (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.38-1.51
Lettuce (1 head) 1.57 $ 0.62-2.70
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.78 $ 0.52-1.04
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.31 $ 5.19-12.47
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.19 $ 0.73-1.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.89 $ 1.35-2.49
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.49 $ 1.87-2.91
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.42 $ 0.21-0.62
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 14.26 $ 10.39-27.10
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.83 $ 0.83-1.25
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.45 $ 0.28-0.73
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.49 $ 2.49-4.16
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.03 $ 3.22-4.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,012.99 $ 24,935.06-31,168.83
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,374.03 $ 18,701.30-24,623.38
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.20 $ 83.12-207.79
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 $ 0.10-0.17
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.97 $ 35.32-83.12
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 52.51 $ 20.78-72.73
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 6.49 $ 4.16-9.35
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.23 $ 5.19-10.39
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 213.25 $ 121.21-415.58
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,122.58 $ 5,192.27-21,194.81
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.86 $ 20.78-83.12
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.44 $ 16.62-51.95
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.31 $ 62.34-124.68
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.84 $ 41.56-124.68
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 693.91 $ 498.70-1,246.75
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 336.62 $ 207.79-519.48
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,212.38 $ 1,246.75-3,116.88
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 792.21 $ 311.69-1,454.55
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 304.59 $ 193.04-482.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 196.66 $ 115.83-300.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 375.51 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.88 6.60-9.50

Prices in Manila

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25 Comments so far
John on Jun 07, 2020:
How about prices in the Provinces?
Where I live in Leyte the prices are higher than in Manila.

thanks, John
Anonymous on May 28, 2020:
Expensive place, considering poorly maintained infrastructure.

Those calling for price & rent controls here, read basic economics books, such as Hazlitt "Economics in One Lesson".

It's usually government policies and political cronyism that lead to unaffordability for local population.

Too many examples in Phils - one is the incredible cost of internet access of very low quality.

If you've dealt with customs (government) ripoffs involving their DHL cronies, you know how much they increase costs of goods not even produced in Phils...

It's frustrating and unfair to locals, but government meddling in markets through high taxation and regulation load on businesses literally creates the related problems they are intended to solve.

Price and rent controls only lead to higher prices and shortages. It's basic economics.
Anonymous on Mar 21, 2020:
I am stating about investing properties in the Philippines as per comment below.
Anonymous on Mar 21, 2020:
I think the rental situation in Manila is worsen and unaffordable to people who are earning P30k monthly for a couple with no kid.

I observed that real estate agents travel to any part of the world to sell condominium units to balikbayans and promise a huge return for investing real estates in the Phils without considering average Filipino workers. I would say the condominium unit rentals in Manila is based from what they learn from overseas rental prices and it makes you sick as not everyone in the Philippines make or earn $.

Ordinary people in overseas like US earn and pocketing at least US $3K per month and that will be at least P150K in Filipino peso.

Compare to what ordinary Filipino worker earns at least P15K per month, working in a call centre in the Philippines, see a huge difference.

Hoping for the change and government should have a control of the rental price rise.
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2019:
everything is to expensive compare with you salary
many products are more expensiv than in abroad
no price control
water electric meat more expensiv than abroad
Anonymous on Oct 15, 2019:
my dad moved to Manila in August. He gets about 2200.00 a month, he and his wife have a 2 story home that is 300.00 US monthly. He has been in the hospital with pneumonia, but is now home, he said he is broke and has to decide daily weather to buy food or medicine. Where did all his money go? Plus, family sold his van here, sent that money to him, other family sent 300 one month, 600 this month. WHERE IS IT ALL GOING??? Surely not all the dr and hospital!! I don't get it. He's too weak now to come home, plus, too broke!
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019:
I am single an I spend 3600.00 u.s money a month an that is about 180,000.00 pesos. I live in BGC manila. I do not know how people survive with just 1000.00 u.s a month
David on Jul 15, 2019:
Rent and apartment buying price are not cheap as list here. In Manila, makati area the apartment is about 7000_8000 USD per sqm.
Anonymous on May 17, 2019:
Hopefully the U S is charging Phillipines double since the Phillipines president begged the U S military to defend against China's encroachment.Especially since the Phillipines president told the U S military to leave years ago.The Phillipines president even said he'd order suicide missions if China encroached further.Hell I say let him order suicide missions and let china invade the Phillipines to save American taxpayers money.
Anonymous on May 08, 2019:
To #A,p.philip I've lived in Manila about 15 years now as an expat.There's no way a family could survive on only 25,000 PHP each month which is only $479 USD.Rents alone in Manila would eat that up.My wife and I can barely live on $1,000 USD each month and we spend frugally.If your income was 75,000 PHP each month you could live a modest life but that'd be only you your wife and one child but not in Manila.
A.p.philip on Apr 19, 2019:
The salary is at about 25000..how can ordinary man maintain a family
Susan Schwartz on Apr 09, 2019:
Is it reasonable to expect to pay around 775 usd for monthly living expenses for young male adult who is also renting scooter?
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2019:
2019 minimum wage for the Phillipines is $171.53 USD.The current exchange rate USD to PHP based on $1,000 USD is 54,433.27 PHP.This exchange rate given as of 2-17-2019 is correct.Obviously the currency exchange rate is updated every 24 hours.Anyone that has access to $1,000 USD per month even a couple can live like royalty anywhere in the Philippines including Manila.The $511 USD figure quoted here for a one bedroom apartment in city center isn't correct.According to current rental sources in Manila it's between $250 and $350 USD tops per month plus another $60 USD per month utilities phone and internet included,and yes that's in city center on average a 60m2 645square foot apartment.I didn't get the currency exchange rates randomly but instead from current exchange rates as I mentioned priorly.Apartment quotes are current as well from realestate companies representing owners.Dealing with the owner directly is about the same other than paying the realestate firm a 4% commission which is a one time thing.The $171.53 USD for minimum wage is currently the monthly wage for 50 hour work weeks.I've visited Manila,Cebu,and other areas of the Phillipines over the past 16 years for stays up to one month normally.I didn't visit the Philippines to find a woman btw but instead to change the pace nothing more.Americans, Australians, anyone from Europe are considered a treasure to get by Phillipinas only because of the monetary benefits they can extract from foreign men.It is what it is,pay for play, however I didn't indulge any time I visited.Asian women really don't interest me, especially since Asian women look the same as a rule.Height weight eyes hair facial features etc.At any rate Asian women don't blow my hair back to say the least.Hopefully the factual information given as to current minimum wage throughout and apartment rentals has helped someone.
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.