Cost of Living in Port Moresby

Summary about cost of living in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 27.50 K 17.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 K 160.00-400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20.00 K 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 K 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.00 K 10.00-20.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.67 K 3.00-13.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.64 K 3.00-7.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.67 K 3.00-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.14 K 18.93-22.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.26 K 4.54-9.07
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.11 K 1.36-2.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.49 K 4.80-13.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.21 K 5.44-14.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 8.05 K 6.80-9.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.70 K 10.89-16.33
Apples (1 lb) 4.83 K 2.27-6.80
Banana (1 lb) 3.62 K 2.27-6.80
Oranges (1 lb) 5.53 K 2.27-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 3.99 K 1.81-9.05
Potato (1 lb) 3.32 K 1.81-9.07
Onion (1 lb) 4.44 K 1.36-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 10.79 K 4.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 7.00 K 4.00-15.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 55.00 K 16.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.90 K 6.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.25 K 10.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 23.50 K 20.00-30.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 K 1.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 K 48.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 15.00 K 10.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 20.00 K
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 K 50.00-75.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 13.44 K 11.36-15.14
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 130,000.00 K 120,000.00-200,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 66,502.00 K 46,000.00-80,008.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 412.50 K 250.00-800.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.00 K 1.00-4.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,466.67 K 200.00-3,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 262.50 K 150.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 88.75 K 55.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 K 30.00-50.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,472.22 K 666.67-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,250.00 K 12,000.00-40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 145.00 K 60.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 159.75 K 50.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 250.00 K 100.00-350.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 375.00 K 200.00-600.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,800.00 K 2,000.00-16,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,450.00 K 800.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,000.00 K 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,125.00 K 2,500.00-6,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,561.25 K 1,393.53-4,645.11
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,967.67 K 3,251.58-13,935.34
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,137.50 K
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.00 8.00-20.00

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Last update: March 2021
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3 Comments so far
Jovita M. Corpuz on Nov 02, 2020:
The costs/prices are easier to understand if they are in US $. Thanks!
joe mamma on Dec 10, 2019:
when i went there they took my dog and ate it in front of me
Daniel on Oct 10, 2017:
Hi, some of the cost are difficult to tell because
a. the products are not available e.g. local cheese, there is no dairy production in PNG
b. not clear what product it meant, for example milk prices provided from others seems to be for long life milk, however in many countries people drink fresh milk which cost in Port Moresby 13K instead the indicated 6 K.
c. same for the jeans for example, you write "like Levis 501", which you most probably not get and if yes than it is even more expensive than in Australia because it is imported from there. So most people compare most probably with cheap Chinese quality jeans
d. as mentioned there is nothing like Mc Donald,there is Big Rooster selling chicken but quality is so much lower and expats are not going there
e. same for all the grocery things, most of them are imported from Australia which is already an expensive country as well as often 2nd grade is imported
f. major issue is rent, which is most probably the highest cost for expats. The comparison of rent for inner city and outer city is not helping expats and also dilutes the comparison with other cities. Due to security reasons most of the expats do not have a big choice and their companies restrict them to stay in inner city where for example rent can be for a 3 bedroom apartment 12,000 USD per month and it is not fancy compared to HongKong, Singapore or New York
g. one major factor is not included, cost of security
h. also somehow holiday/international travel cost is not considered, since there are not many airlines flying to Port Moresby, flight charges are very high and due to the difficult environment you need to take often a break and get out

For most of the expats Port Moresby is a Hardship Place providing higher salaries but you cannot enjoy the money as in other cosmopolitan cities.