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:

  • $ 17 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 3.7 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 353* (40922 NPR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 44 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 5 per person
  • $ 3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1198* (139188 NPR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 84 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2076* (241248 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 2020

Cost of living: Nepal VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Nepal in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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
Kathmandu 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kathmandu
Pokhara 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pokhara
Bharatpur 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bharatpur
Patan 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Patan
Banepa 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Banepa
Baglung 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Baglung

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Local prices in Nepal by expense type

Nepal: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Nepal costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.2/person
($ 1.1 to $ 4.3)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 6.5/person
($ 3.8 to $ 18)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.9/person
($ 5.1 to $ 8.6)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.6 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.8)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 4.3)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 0.7 to $ 3.5)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Nepal: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nepal costs 60% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 18/night
($ 16 to $ 21)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 24/night
($ 17 to $ 33)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 42 to $ 98)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 104/night
($ 79 to $ 143)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 208/night
($ 145 to $ 327)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 22/month
($ 18 to $ 24)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 41/month
($ 23 to $ 77)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 96/month
($ 54 to $ 155)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 29/month
($ 23 to $ 36)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 226/month
($ 182 to $ 309)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Nepal: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nepal costs 64% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.5/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 16)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 7)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.5)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.4/salad
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.4/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 11)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Nepal: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Nepal costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 8.6/month
($ 4.3 to $ 22)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.4 to $ 1.7)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.2
($ 1.3 to $ 4.3)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3

Nepal: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Nepal costs 82% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 26/month
($ 13 to $ 53)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 17/month
($ 13 to $ 27)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 136/month
($ 87 to $ 302)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 98/month
($ 57 to $ 173)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1099
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 300/month
($ 216 to $ 808)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2203
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 188/month
($ 104 to $ 431)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 24/month
($ 8.6 to $ 53)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 54/month
($ 22 to $ 126)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 952
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1617/yr
($ 517 to $ 4125)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16573

Nepal: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nepal costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3/ticket
($ 2.2 to $ 4.8)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9/hr
($ 4.3 to $ 16)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Nepal: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Nepal costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.5/pack
($ 1.7 to $ 3.5)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 22
($ 10.3 to $ 44)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 30
($ 13 to $ 61)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 47
($ 22 to $ 87)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 35
($ 18 to $ 61)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
London → Kathmandu
$ 797
(fair price: $ 698)
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
Manchester → Kathmandu
$ 866
(fair price: $ 772)
Sydney → Kathmandu
Sydney → Kathmandu
Sydney → Kathmandu
$ 898
(fair price: $ 754)
Melbourne → Kathmandu
Melbourne → Kathmandu
Melbourne → Kathmandu
$ 919
(fair price: $ 772)
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
New York City → Kathmandu
$ 1226
(fair price: $ 1028)
Los Angeles → Kathmandu
Los Angeles  → Kathmandu
Los Angeles  → Kathmandu
$ 1260
(fair price: $ 1050)
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
Edinburgh → Kathmandu
$ 968
(fair price: $ 869)
Dublin → Kathmandu
Dublin → Kathmandu
Dublin → Kathmandu
$ 922
(fair price: $ 845)
Perth → Kathmandu
Perth → Kathmandu
Perth → Kathmandu
$ 866
(fair price: $ 701)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kathmandu
Toronto (Ontario) → Kathmandu
Toronto (Ontario) → Kathmandu
$ 1832
(fair price: $ 1326)
Auckland → Kathmandu
Auckland → Kathmandu
Auckland → Kathmandu
$ 1062
(fair price: $ 921)
Montreal → Kathmandu
Montreal → Kathmandu
Montreal → Kathmandu
$ 1597
(fair price: $ 1456)

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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 17-09-2020.

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