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Cost of Living in Afghanistan

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$375
$878
🛋️ Without rent
$223
$619
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$152
$259
🍽️ Food
$139
$352
🚐 Transport
$52.7
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$247
💸 GDP per capita
$521
🏙️ Population
34.9M

The cost of living in Afghanistan is $375, which is 1.96 times less expensive than the world average. Afghanistan ranked 195th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 191st best country to live in.

The average salary after taxes in Afghanistan is $247, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.7 months.

Why living in Afghanistan is so expensive? Because we have a developed country lifestyle as a reference and in some least developed countries maintaining such a standard of living is hard and expensive. Thus, living costs in Afghanistan for locals and expats differ significantly.

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To maintain the standard of living with a salary of $1000 in Kabul, you will need $808 a month in Kandahar - the cost of living in Kabul is 1.24 times higher than in Kandahar.

Prices in Afghanistan

We calculate prices for Afghanistan as a population-weighted mean of 12 cities. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.48
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$8.67
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.33
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.33
☕ Cappuccino
$1.11
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.35

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.32
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.12
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.06
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.69
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.04
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.04
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.57
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.36
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.34
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$0.77
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$2.98
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.92
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.11
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.15
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.1
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.02
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.27

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.24
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$18.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.78
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.69

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$117
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$64.2
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$250
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$144
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$30.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$47.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.33%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$718
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$355

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$10.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$1.94
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$15.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.79
👖 Brand Jeans
$17.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$33.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$29.7
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1103