Bhutan vs Brunei - Cost of Living Comparison

Bhutan Brunei
🚶 Cost of living one person
$498
$1066
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1095
$2392
🏠 One person rent
$217
$606
🏘️ Family rent
$324
$976
🍽️ Food expenses
$199
$313
🚐 Transport expenses
$18.7
$50.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$407
$1839
💸 GDP per capita
$3001
$27443
😃 Human freedom index
6.86
6.46
❤️ Life expectancy
72.1
76
👮 Corruption perceptions index
68
60
🌐 English speaking %
75%
37.8%
🎓 Higher education
1
54
😀 Quality of life
35
68
🏙️ Population
808K
429K

The average cost of living in Bhutan ($498) is 53% less expensive than in Brunei ($1066). Bhutan ranked 181st vs 52nd for Brunei in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Bhutan compared to 1.7 months in Brunei. Ranked 140th and 36th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bhutan vs Brunei

We calculate prices for Bhutan and Brunei as a population-weighted mean of 2 and 3 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.

Bhutan Brunei
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.41
$3.73
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$19.3
$21.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.61
$4.89
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.01
$6.38
 Cappuccino
$1.58
$3.49
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.46
$0.72
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$231
$664
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$141
$459
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$316
$1080
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$231
$793
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$33.9
$35.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.2
$54.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$24
$70.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.89%
4.29%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2047
$1413
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$126
$892
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.25
$1.1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.4
$30.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.34
$23.8
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.96
$0.37
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.91
$1.69
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.71
$1.33
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
$1.21
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.77
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.57
$8.63
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.9
$4.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.77
$14.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.76
$3.15
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$2.16
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.84
$3.6
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.87
$3.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.55
$1.85
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.74
$1.95
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.23
$0.54
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.07
$1.47
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.12
$10.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.95
$3.3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7
$5.25
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.73
$5.9
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.6
$4.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$1.82
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.67
$2.03
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$50.2
$46.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.43
$5.41
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$38
$31.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.53
$7.97
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.3
$80.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$51.8
$93.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$45
$208
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$812
$11287

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Cities Comparison in Bhutan vs Brunei

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Bhutan

City Cost of living Population
Thimphu
$499
104K
Paro
$492
11.4K

In Brunei

City Cost of living Population
Bandar Seri Begawan
$1059
50K
Seria
$1095
13.1K
Kuala Belait
$1053
4.26K