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
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1013* (3220 PGK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 127 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3995* (12698 PGK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 169 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 61 per person
  • $ 87 per person
  • $ 26 per person

Total budget:

$ 7192* (22862 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 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kerema
Port Moresby 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Port Moresby
Lae 25% 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 9% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 17/person
($ 17 to $ 21)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 33 to $ 40)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.5/person
($ 6.3 to $ 13)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.8 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.3 for 330ml
($ 3.8 to $ 4.8)

39% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.2/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

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
$ 116/night
($ 94 to $ 138)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 144/night
($ 130 to $ 159)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 194/night
($ 164 to $ 229)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 223/night
($ 201 to $ 248)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 143/month
($ 120 to $ 170)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 158/month
($ 136 to $ 180)

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: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 254/month
($ 210 to $ 321)

45% 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 14% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.3/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

152% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 2.5)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 3.2 to $ 3.8)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 9.8)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.8/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 9.6)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 4.3/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 12)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 9.6)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 10.5)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.8)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 3.2/salad
($ 1.3 to $ 4.2)

90% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.4
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 8 to $ 18)

2% 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 15% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 16/month
($ 16 to $ 17)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 5.6/km
($ 4.8 to $ 6.3)

202% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 3.2 to $ 3.2)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7

Budget for living and housing in Papua New Guinea

On average, the cost of housing in Papua New Guinea is 21% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 164/month
($ 128 to $ 208)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1596/month
($ 799 to $ 2393)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 899/month
($ 480 to $ 1277)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3749/month
($ 1596 to $ 7655)

66% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1596/month
($ 1277 to $ 2234)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 71/month
($ 17 to $ 97)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 156/month
($ 81 to $ 213)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7177/yr
($ 3191 to $ 11163)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

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
($ 9.6 to $ 15)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 6.3 to $ 65)

34% 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 13% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.8/pack
($ 6.1 to $ 7.6)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 39
($ 17 to $ 81)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 18 to $ 65)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 67
($ 49 to $ 97)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 107
($ 97 to $ 193)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
London → Port Moresby
$ 1547
(fair price: $ 1399)

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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 13-09-2019.

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