Abu Dhabi vs Thimphu - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Thimphu
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$499
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$1097
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$218
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$327
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$198
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$18.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$376
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
22 km
🎓 Higher education
52
5
😀 Quality of life
81
35
🏙️ Population
1.48M
104K

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 294% more expensive than in Thimphu. Cities ranked 608th and 8336th ($1963 vs $499) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 1st in the United Arab Emirates and Bhutan, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs Bhutan comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 0.8 months in Thimphu. Abu Dhabi ranked 4th best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Thimphu ranked 2nd in Bhutan, while ranked 318th and 7839th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Thimphu

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Abu Dhabi Thimphu
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$3.47
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$19.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$3.66
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$5.56
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$1.63
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$0.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$231
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$141
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$316
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$231
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$35.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$54.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$23.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
10.89%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$2051
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$126
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.25
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$22.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$2.34
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$0.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$0.91
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$0.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$0.68
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$1.77
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$5.54
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$3.91
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$4.77
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.66
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$2.84
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$0.86
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$0.54
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.74
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.23
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$1.07
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$7.46
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$0.94
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$6.75
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$1.73
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$3.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$1.29
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$0.67
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$50.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$3.39
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$37.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$3.53
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$29.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$52.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$45
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$811

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$871
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$1053
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$1095
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$1376
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$1894
318 km or 198 mi Al Khor
$1755
356 km or 221 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
365 km or 227 mi Nizwa
$824
395 km or 246 mi Seeb
$1236
425 km or 264 mi Riffa
$1002
427 km or 265 mi Manama
$1307
428 km or 266 mi Isa Town
$1152
439 km or 273 mi Muscat
$1145
454 km or 282 mi Jahrom
$660
468 km or 291 mi Dhahran
$969
481 km or 299 mi Dammam
$1004
486 km or 302 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
501 km or 311 mi Fasa
$939
514 km or 320 mi Qatif
$889
548 km or 341 mi Jubail
$861
568 km or 353 mi Sirjan
$663
575 km or 357 mi Jiroft
$659
599 km or 372 mi Shiraz
$724
610 km or 379 mi Bushehr
$694
617 km or 384 mi Borazjan
$657
620 km or 385 mi Marvdasht
$659
632 km or 392 mi Kazerun
$656
637 km or 396 mi Chabahar
$659
649 km or 404 mi Bam
$659
678 km or 421 mi Rafsanjan
$663
698 km or 434 mi Kerman
$680
701 km or 435 mi Iranshahr
$657
741 km or 460 mi Yasuj
$611
775 km or 481 mi Riyadh
$1132
790 km or 491 mi Al Wafrah
$954
792 km or 492 mi Behbahan
$660

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Distance City Cost of living
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$492
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$375
196 km or 122 mi Rangpur
$355
203 km or 126 mi Saidpur
$373
211 km or 131 mi Shigatse
$667
214 km or 133 mi Damak
$302
257 km or 159 mi Raiganj
$337
257 km or 160 mi Guwahati
$376
258 km or 160 mi Biratnagar
$352
259 km or 161 mi Dispur
$359
266 km or 166 mi Balurghat
$336
280 km or 174 mi Lhasa
$891
287 km or 178 mi Purnia
$368
294 km or 183 mi Bogra
$365
308 km or 191 mi Shillong
$303
313 km or 195 mi Malda
$339
313 km or 195 mi Mymensingh
$343
350 km or 217 mi Saharsa
$336
360 km or 224 mi Bhagalpur
$284
362 km or 225 mi Rajshahi
$303
364 km or 226 mi Sylhet
$333
377 km or 234 mi Janakpur
$335
401 km or 249 mi Berhampore
$338
413 km or 257 mi Narsingdi
$297
418 km or 260 mi Brahmanbaria
$335
421 km or 262 mi Kathmandu
$435
424 km or 264 mi Lalitpur
$445
426 km or 265 mi Dhaka
$484
438 km or 272 mi Agartala
$324
439 km or 273 mi Narayanganj
$382
444 km or 276 mi Muzaffarpur
$250
454 km or 282 mi Hetauda
$322
468 km or 291 mi Krishnanagar
$348
474 km or 295 mi Birgunj
$307
482 km or 299 mi Jessore
$314
486 km or 302 mi Shantipur
$335
493 km or 306 mi Patna
$408
495 km or 308 mi Durgapur
$329
500 km or 311 mi Asansol
$312
502 km or 312 mi Kulti
$342