Travel budget and cost of living in Philippines how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Philippines

Philippines: calculate your travel budget

Philippines: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Philippines for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 22 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 493* (24150 PHP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 45 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 2.3 per person
  • $ 5.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1098* (53830 PHP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 101 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 4.5 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2242* (109942 PHP)

* 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 Philippines in 2019

Cost of living: Philippines VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Philippines in 2019 is 51% less than United States.

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

Cost of living in Philippines by city

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

Cities /Philippines View Details
Binangonan 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Binangonan
Manila 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Manila
Tagaytay 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tagaytay
Cebu 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cebu
Batangas 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Batangas
Iriga City 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Iriga City
Davao 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Davao
Puerto Princesa (Palawan island) 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Princesa (Palawan island)

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Local prices in Philippines by expense type

Restaurant budget in Philippines

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Philippines costs 66% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.1/person
($ 2 to $ 5.1)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 8.1/person
($ 5.1 to $ 13)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.1/person
($ 2 to $ 3.8)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3.1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Philippines

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Philippines costs 58% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 30/night
($ 24 to $ 38)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 35/night
($ 22 to $ 54)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 121
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 30 to $ 89)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 149/night
($ 108 to $ 199)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 245/night
($ 206 to $ 305)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 501
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 24/month
($ 20 to $ 32)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 76/month
($ 46 to $ 124)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 84/month
($ 48 to $ 139)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 47/month
($ 28 to $ 75)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 212
Family room
Family room
$ 152/month
($ 82 to $ 266)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Philippines

On average, the price of supermarket food in Philippines costs 40% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.8)

84% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 22)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 5.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.1)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 4.1)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.9/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 7.8)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Philippines

On average, the price of transport in Philippines costs 47% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10.2/month
($ 4.4 to $ 20)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.8
($ 0.8 to $ 0.8)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 47/24hrs
($ 34 to $ 78)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Philippines

On average, the cost of housing in Philippines costs 48% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 119/month
($ 52 to $ 205)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 46/month
($ 28 to $ 72)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 282/month
($ 124 to $ 611)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 159/month
($ 72 to $ 306)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 575/month
($ 245 to $ 1627)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 323/month
($ 164 to $ 611)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 34/month
($ 13 to $ 63)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 287/month
($ 103 to $ 428)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5503/yr
($ 1220 to $ 17272)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Philippines

On average, budget for leisure activities in Philippines costs 66% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.1/ticket
($ 4.1 to $ 6.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 4.4/hr
($ 1.8 to $ 9.2)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Philippines

On average, shopping budget in Philippines costs 32% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 41
($ 22 to $ 70)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 26
($ 15 to $ 42)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 79
($ 58 to $ 103)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 65
($ 32 to $ 103)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
$ 827
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
$ 856
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
$ 970
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
$ 1097
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
$ 887
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Manila
London → Manila
London → Manila
$ 824
(fair price: $ 0)
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
$ 933
(fair price: $ 0)
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
$ 1236
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
$ 711
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
$ 1011
(fair price: $ 884)
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
$ 846
(fair price: $ 752)
Los Angeles → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
$ 881
(fair price: $ 795)
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
$ 526
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
$ 1010
(fair price: $ 881)
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
$ 575
(fair price: $ 0)
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
$ 541
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
$ 987
(fair price: $ 889)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
$ 1109
(fair price: $ 931)

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About the information on the cost of living in Philippines

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

Information about cost of living in Philippines updated on 18-05-2019.

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