Bhutan vs Maldives - Cost of Living Comparison

Bhutan Maldives
🚶 Cost of living one person
$498
$1188
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1095
$2966
🏠 One person rent
$217
$752
🏘️ Family rent
$324
$1753
🍽️ Food expenses
$199
$317
🚐 Transport expenses
$18.7
$43.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$407
$761
💸 GDP per capita
$3001
$6924
😃 Human freedom index
6.86
7.1
❤️ Life expectancy
72.1
79.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
68
40
🌐 English speaking %
75%
70%
🎓 Higher education
1
11
😀 Quality of life
35
55
🏙️ Population
808K
436K

The average cost of living in Bhutan ($498) is 58% less expensive than in Maldives ($1188). Bhutan ranked 181st vs 40th for Maldives 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 0.6 months in Maldives. Ranked 140th and 72nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bhutan vs Maldives

We calculate prices for Bhutan and Maldives as a population-weighted mean of 2 and 2 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 Maldives
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.41
$4.65
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$19.3
$22.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.61
$9.63
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.01
$5.18
 Cappuccino
$1.58
$2.32
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.46
$1.4
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$231
$756
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$141
$529
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$316
$1779
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$231
$1462
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$33.9
$92.4
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.2
$142
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$24
$85.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.89%
13.64%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2047
$2621
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$126
$1934
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.25
$1.19
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.4
$43.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.34
$14.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.96
$0.78
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.91
$1.71
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.71
$1.46
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
$0.92
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.77
$1.51
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.57
$8.71
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.9
$3.92
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.77
$6.86
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.76
$3.05
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$3.01
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.84
$2.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.87
$2.88
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.55
$1.08
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.74
$1.15
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.23
$0.37
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.07
$2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.12
$9.66
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.95
$6.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7
$6.45
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.73
$4.7
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.6
$3.03
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$1.37
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.67
$1.32
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$50.2
$68.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.43
$7.59
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$38
$23.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.53
$3.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.3
$37.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$51.8
$64.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$45
$155
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$812
$2796

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Cities Comparison in Bhutan vs Maldives

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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 Maldives

City Cost of living Population
Male
$1198
133K
Hulhumale
$1161
50K