Travel budget in Papua New Guinea

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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.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 990* (3234 PGK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 133 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3903* (12712 PGK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 171 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 53 per person
  • $ 84 per person
  • $ 25 per person

Total budget:

$ 6903* (22484 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 2020

Cost of living: Papua New Guinea VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Papua New Guinea 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 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
Port Moresby 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Port Moresby
Kerema 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kerema
Lae 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lae

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Local prices in Papua New Guinea by expense type

Papua New Guinea: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Papua New Guinea costs 20% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 13/person
($ 4.7 to $ 20)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 16 to $ 55)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.8/person
($ 6.2 to $ 16)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.5 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.9 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 5.6)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3/cup
($ 1 to $ 3.7)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Papua New Guinea: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Papua New Guinea costs 21% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
( $ 39)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 122/night
($ 101 to $ 143)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 150/night
($ 134 to $ 164)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 193/night
($ 164 to $ 226)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 228/night
($ 202 to $ 257)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 150/month
($ 127 to $ 175)

11% 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
$ 163/month
($ 139 to $ 186)

1% 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
$ 88/month
($ 88 to $ 88)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 263/month
($ 219 to $ 328)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Papua New Guinea: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Papua New Guinea costs 4% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

104% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.9)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.2/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 9.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.5/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 13)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.7)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 9.3)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 6.2)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.7)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 2.7/salad
($ 1.2 to $ 4.3)

58% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.4
($ 1.2 to $ 4.7)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.3/kg
($ 7.8 to $ 18)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Papua New Guinea: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Papua New Guinea is 18% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 16/month
($ 15 to $ 16)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 5.4/km
($ 4.7 to $ 6.2)

205% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

51% 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)
$ 3.1
($ 1.6 to $ 6.2)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4

Papua New Guinea: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Papua New Guinea is 23% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 131/month
($ 94 to $ 249)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

117% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1934/month
($ 929 to $ 3093)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1447
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 797/month
($ 465 to $ 1238)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1155
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 4845/month
($ 3093 to $ 7422)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2323
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1753/month
($ 1547 to $ 2166)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1830
Gym
Gym
$ 106/month
($ 16 to $ 156)

157% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 156/month
($ 70 to $ 218)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1003
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5103/yr
($ 1856 to $ 12369)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17436

Papua New Guinea: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Papua New Guinea is 58% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.3 to $ 16)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 38/hr
($ 17 to $ 32)

118% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Papua New Guinea: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Papua New Guinea costs 24% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.8/pack
($ 5.9 to $ 8.4)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 13 to $ 78)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 22
($ 6.2 to $ 63)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 60
($ 47 to $ 94)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 119
($ 63 to $ 187)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Sydney → Port Moresby
Sydney → Port Moresby
Sydney → Port Moresby
$ 587
(fair price: $ 542)
London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
$ 1677
(fair price: $ 1406)
Melbourne → Port Moresby
Melbourne → Port Moresby
Melbourne → Port Moresby
$ 619
(fair price: $ 543)
Los Angeles → Port Moresby
Los Angeles  → Port Moresby
Los Angeles  → Port Moresby
$ 1817
(fair price: $ 1676)
New York City → Port Moresby
New York City → Port Moresby
New York City → Port Moresby
$ 2090
(fair price: $ 1943)
Auckland → Port Moresby
Auckland → Port Moresby
Auckland → Port Moresby
$ 764
(fair price: $ 664)
Perth → Port Moresby
Perth → Port Moresby
Perth → Port Moresby
$ 835
(fair price: $ 731)

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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 29-06-2020.

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