Travel budget and cost of living in Papua New Guinea how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: calculate your travel budget

Papua New Guinea: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Papua New Guinea for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 39 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1002* (3220 PGK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3851* (12362 PGK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 169 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 59 per person
  • $ 75 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 6744* (21630 PGK)

* 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 Papua New Guinea in 2019

Cost of living: Papua New Guinea VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Papua New Guinea in 2019 is 3% higher than in United States.

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

Cost of living in Papua New Guinea by city

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

Cities /Papua New Guinea View Details
Kerema 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kerema
Port Moresby 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Port Moresby
Lae 29% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lae

Local prices in Papua New Guinea by expense type

Restaurant budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Papua New Guinea costs 6% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 6.3 to $ 20)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 16 to $ 39)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.8/person
($ 6.3 to $ 9.8)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.5 for 500ml
($ 2.3 to $ 3.8)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.1 for 330ml
($ 3.2 to $ 4.8)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Papua New Guinea costs 34% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
( $ 39)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 72 to $ 147)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 137/night
($ 95 to $ 385)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 201/night
($ 112 to $ 538)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 236/night
($ 159 to $ 282)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 145/month
($ 72 to $ 617)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 151/month
($ 91 to $ 385)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 78/month
($ 77 to $ 79)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, the price of supermarket food in Papua New Guinea is 15% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

131% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.8/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.8/12 eggs
($ 3.2 to $ 4.4)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.4/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 9.8)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.4/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 9.4)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 5/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 12)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.9/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 9.4)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 5.7/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 10.5)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 5.4)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 2.2/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 3.8)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 2
($ 1.6 to $ 2.4)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
($ 6 to $ 18)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, the price of transport in Papua New Guinea is 8% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 16/month
($ 16 to $ 16)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.8/km
($ 3.9 to $ 6.3)

167% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 1.6 to $ 6.3)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4

Budget for living and housing in Papua New Guinea

On average, the cost of housing in Papua New Guinea is 28% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 163/month
($ 127 to $ 206)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

189% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1450/month
($ 792 to $ 1898)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 976/month
($ 475 to $ 1740)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 4506/month
($ 1583 to $ 8855)

107% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1951/month
($ 1266 to $ 3795)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 72/month
($ 16 to $ 96)

87% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 157/month
($ 81 to $ 212)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6640/yr
($ 3163 to $ 11067)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, budget for leisure activities in Papua New Guinea is 14% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 9.4 to $ 15)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 6.3 to $ 64)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Papua New Guinea

On average, shopping budget in Papua New Guinea costs 7% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.9/pack
($ 6.3 to $ 7.6)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 39
($ 16 to $ 81)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 35
($ 18 to $ 71)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 72
($ 48 to $ 96)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 108
($ 96 to $ 127)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

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About the information on the cost of living in Papua New Guinea

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

Information about cost of living in Papua New Guinea updated on 09-03-2019.

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