Cost of Living in Kathmandu

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$435
$1138
🛋️ Without rent
$295
$855
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$140
$283
🍽️ Food
$198
$509
🚐 Transport
$48.8
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$207
😀 Quality of life
47
🏙️ Population
846K

The average cost of living in Kathmandu is $435, which is in the top 7% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 8649th out of 9294 in our global list and 2nd out of 10 in Nepal.

The median after-tax salary is $207, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.5 months. Ranked 6397th (TOP 69%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 2nd best city to live in Nepal. With an estimated population of 846K, Kathmandu is the 1st largest city in Nepal.

Why living in Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport 2 km Tribhuvan International Airport
😷 Air quality Bad 50.9 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 1964 Tribhuvan University
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Prices in Kathmandu

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Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.37
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$24.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.93
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.45
 Cappuccino
$1.48
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.43
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$156
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$97.9
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$336
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$219
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$17.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$27
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$13.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.17%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1709
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$663
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$4.74
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$8.74
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.17
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.78
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.5
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.67
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.28
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.32
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.93
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.22
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.33
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.66
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.6
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.17
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.69
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.16
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.15
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.99
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.89
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.95
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.51
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$17.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$1.85
👖 Brand Jeans
$26.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$51
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$85.2
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3165

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