Bhutan vs Sri Lanka - Cost of Living Comparison

Bhutan Sri Lanka
🚶 Cost of living one person
$498
$316
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1095
$787
🏠 One person rent
$217
$129
🏘️ Family rent
$324
$271
🍽️ Food expenses
$199
$143
🚐 Transport expenses
$18.7
$15.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$407
$144
💸 GDP per capita
$3001
$3681
😃 Human freedom index
6.86
6.58
❤️ Life expectancy
72.1
77.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
68
37
🌐 English speaking %
75%
62%
🎓 Higher education
1
58
😀 Quality of life
35
49
🏙️ Population
808K
21.4M

The average cost of living in Bhutan ($498) is 58% more expensive than in Sri Lanka ($316). Bhutan ranked 181st vs 196th for Sri Lanka 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 0.5 months in Sri Lanka. Ranked 140th and 96th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bhutan vs Sri Lanka

We calculate prices for Bhutan and Sri Lanka as a population-weighted mean of 2 and 10 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 Sri Lanka
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.41
$1.29
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$19.3
$8.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.61
$3.33
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.01
$0.98
 Cappuccino
$1.58
$1.42
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.46
$0.38
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$231
$196
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$141
$81.5
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$316
$388
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$231
$202
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$33.9
$14.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.2
$21.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$24
$10.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.89%
14.02%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2047
$1518
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$126
$920
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.25
$0.14
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.4
$4.62
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.34
$2.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.96
$0.92
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.91
$0.99
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.71
$0.39
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
$0.57
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.77
$1.13
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.57
$6.48
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.9
$3.05
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.77
$4.32
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.76
$2.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$0.62
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.84
$1.85
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.87
$1.05
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.55
$0.82
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.74
$0.7
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.23
$0.23
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.07
$0.74
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.12
$6.35
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.95
$0.95
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7
$4.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.73
$1.29
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.6
$1.35
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$0.85
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.67
$0.47
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$50.2
$8.24
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.43
$2.31
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$38
$6.77
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.53
$1.48
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.3
$19.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$51.8
$40.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$45
$37
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$812
$607

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Cities Comparison in Bhutan vs Sri Lanka

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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 Sri Lanka

City Cost of living Population
Colombo
$377
753K
Gampaha
$293
191K
Kandy
$295
161K
Beruwala
$268
165K
Negombo
$256
142K
Galle
$237
93.1K
Trincomalee
$266
99.1K
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
$254
116K
Anuradhapura
$351
63.2K
Matara
$254
68.2K