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.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 999* (3192 PGK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3839* (12264 PGK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 170 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 58 per person
  • $ 73 per person
  • $ 26 per person

Total budget:

$ 6714* (21434 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 essentially the same as 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 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kerema
Port Moresby 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Port Moresby
Lae 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Lae

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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 11% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 6.2 to $ 20)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 16 to $ 39)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.1/person
($ 6.2 to $ 13)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.1 for 500ml
($ 2.2 to $ 3.7)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.8 for 330ml
($ 3.1 to $ 4.7)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

43% 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 23% 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
$ 118/night
($ 97 to $ 137)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 143/night
($ 128 to $ 158)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 196/night
($ 167 to $ 230)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 225/night
($ 202 to $ 251)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 498
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 144/month
($ 119 to $ 173)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 157/month
($ 133 to $ 179)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 79/month
($ 79 to $ 79)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 214
Family room
Family room
$ 250/month
($ 208 to $ 323)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, the price of supermarket food in Papua New Guinea is 6% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

133% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.8/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 2.5)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 3.1 to $ 4.1)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.2/kg
($ 6.2 to $ 9.7)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.6/kg
($ 6.2 to $ 9.4)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 11)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 9.4)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 10.4)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.7)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 2.4/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 3.7)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.2
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10/kg
($ 6 to $ 18)

17% 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 5% 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: $ 2.3
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)
$ 4.7/km
($ 3.9 to $ 6.2)

159% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

39% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.1
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5

Budget for living and housing in Papua New Guinea

On average, the cost of housing in Papua New Guinea is 19% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 162/month
($ 126 to $ 205)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
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)
$ 1566/month
($ 783 to $ 2347)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 882/month
($ 470 to $ 1253)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1082
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3677/month
($ 1566 to $ 7510)

65% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2231
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1566/month
($ 1253 to $ 2192)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 71/month
($ 16 to $ 95)

79% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 145/month
($ 79 to $ 210)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6572/yr
($ 3130 to $ 10953)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18231

Leisure activity budget in Papua New Guinea

On average, budget for leisure activities in Papua New Guinea is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.4 to $ 15)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 6.2 to $ 64)

33% 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 12% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.9/pack
($ 6.2 to $ 7.5)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 38
($ 16 to $ 79)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 18 to $ 64)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 69
($ 48 to $ 95)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 104
($ 64 to $ 189)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
$ 1547
(fair price: $ 1413)

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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 17-07-2019.

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