Travel budget and cost of living in Nepal how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Nepal

Nepal: calculate your travel budget

Nepal: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Nepal for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 15 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.1 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 352* (36638 NPR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 48 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 4.9 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1274* (132804 NPR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 87 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 10.6 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2102* (219198 NPR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Nepal in 2019

Cost of living: Nepal VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Nepal in 2019 is 57% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Nepal in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Nepal by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Nepal compared to the national average.

Cities /Nepal View Details
Bharatpur 19% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bharatpur
Baglung 28% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Baglung
Kathmandu 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kathmandu
Patan 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Patan
Pokhara 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pokhara
Banepa 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Banepa

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Local prices in Nepal by expense type

Restaurant budget in Nepal

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Nepal costs 53% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.4/person
($ 1.4 to $ 3.8)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 4.8/person
($ 2.9 to $ 9.6)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.7/person
($ 4.8 to $ 9.6)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.9 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Nepal

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nepal costs 69% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 16/night
($ 15 to $ 17)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 28/night
($ 18 to $ 51)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 45 to $ 106)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 106/night
($ 83 to $ 141)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 204/night
($ 138 to $ 323)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 20/month
($ 17 to $ 23)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 51/month
($ 21 to $ 116)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 91/month
($ 53 to $ 149)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 28/month
($ 22 to $ 35)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Nepal

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nepal costs 62% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.8/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 10.6)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.1/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 5.7)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.4/salad
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 9.1)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Nepal

On average, the price of transport in Nepal costs 47% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 9.1/month
($ 5.3 to $ 15)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

39% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.4
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4

Budget for living and housing in Nepal

On average, the cost of housing in Nepal costs 80% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 36/month
($ 21 to $ 59)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 21/month
($ 13 to $ 40)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 157/month
($ 69 to $ 337)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 98/month
($ 49 to $ 193)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 305/month
($ 193 to $ 578)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 180/month
($ 97 to $ 337)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 26/month
($ 9.6 to $ 54)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 66/month
($ 30 to $ 145)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1819/yr
($ 722 to $ 4037)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Nepal

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nepal costs 47% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 2.9 to $ 4.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 4.8 to $ 21)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Nepal

On average, shopping budget in Nepal costs 42% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2/pack
($ 1.9 to $ 2.9)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 30
($ 18 to $ 49)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 35
($ 18 to $ 59)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 52
($ 26 to $ 97)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 44
($ 26 to $ 78)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
$ 778
(fair price: $ 700)
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
$ 884
(fair price: $ 809)
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
$ 1194
(fair price: $ 1045)
Los Angeles → Kathmandu
Los Angeles  → Kathmandu
Los Angeles  → Kathmandu
$ 1180
(fair price: $ 1026)
Dublin → Kathmandu
Dublin → Kathmandu
Dublin → Kathmandu
$ 944
(fair price: $ 901)
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
$ 1047
(fair price: $ 922)

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About the information on the cost of living in Nepal

The information about the cost of living in Nepal shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Nepal updated on 25-03-2019.

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