Afghanistan vs Pakistan - Cost of Living Comparison

Afghanistan Pakistan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$397
$294
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$883
$699
🏠 One person rent
$164
$123
🏘️ Family rent
$232
$217
🍽️ Food expenses
$144
$107
🚐 Transport expenses
$54.6
$32.9
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$169
$147
💸 GDP per capita
$517
$1189
😃 Human freedom index
4
5.63
❤️ Life expectancy
65.2
67.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
16
28
🌐 English speaking %
6%
9.1%
🎓 Higher education
25
60
😀 Quality of life
17
41
🏙️ Population
37.5M
217M

The average cost of living in Afghanistan ($397) is 35% more expensive than in Pakistan ($294). Afghanistan ranked 193rd vs 197th for Pakistan in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.4 months in Afghanistan compared to 0.5 months in Pakistan. Ranked 188th and 120th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Afghanistan vs Pakistan

We calculate prices for Afghanistan and Pakistan as a population-weighted mean of 12 and 36 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Afghanistan Pakistan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.16
$1.43
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$11
$9.32
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.39
$3.09
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.82
$2.13
 Cappuccino
$1.44
$1.25
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.26
$0.21
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$124
$99
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$80.2
$67.9
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$218
$211
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$125
$137
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$25.9
$30.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$39.9
$47.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$48.8
$18
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
13.04%
13.16%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$770
$606
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$313
$366
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.22
$0.18
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$17.6
$7.99
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.35
$2.07
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.72
$0.7
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.54
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.28
$0.37
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.89
$0.68
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.21
$0.8
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
$4.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$2.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.88
$3.21
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.7
$0.88
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.95
$0.5
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$0.6
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.47
$0.44
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.32
$0.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.23
$0.26
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.2
$0.18
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$0.78
$0.72
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.4
$3.57
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.35
$1.13
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.63
$1.02
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.94
$1.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.72
$1.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.8
$0.89
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.36
$0.61
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$12.5
$13.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.44
$3.17
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.4
$8.19
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.36
$2.25
👖 Brand Jeans
$17.7
$13.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$32.9
$40.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$22.2
$35.4
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1250
$965

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Cities Comparison in Afghanistan vs Pakistan

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Afghanistan

City Cost of living Population
Kabul
$422
4.27M
Mazar-i-Sharif
$355
469K
Kandahar
$373
614K
Herat
$383
556K
Kunduz
$363
357K
Jalalabad
$361
263K
Lashkargah
$355
202K
Sheberghan
$352
176K
Khost
$346
160K
Ghazni
$346
143K
Puli Khumri
$349
114K
Gardez
$353
70K

In Pakistan

City Cost of living Population
Karachi
$307
14.9M
Lahore
$360
11.1M
Faisalabad
$254
3.2M
Rawalpindi
$319
2.1M
Gujranwala
$223
2.03M
Peshawar
$238
1.97M
Multan
$244
1.87M
Islamabad
$304
1.01M
Hyderabad
$221
1.73M
Sargodha
$404
660K
Quetta
$271
1M
Sialkot
$239
656K
Dera Ghazi Khan
$233
399K
Bahawalpur
$248
762K
Larkana
$248
491K
Sheikhupura
$234
473K
Chiniot
$226
478K
Jhang
$236
414K
Wah
$211
259K
Sukkur
$231
500K
Gujrat
$243
391K
Mardan
$244
359K
Nawabshah
$239
263K
Okara
$343
232K
Mingora
$246
280K
Burewala
$226
203K
Kamoke
$213
231K
Sahiwal
$201
248K
Jacobabad
$244
201K
Mirpur
$256
124K