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:

  • $ 23 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 502* (24318 PHP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 45 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.8 per person
  • $ 2.3 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1115* (54040 PHP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 101 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 4.5 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2262* (109690 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 essentially the same as in 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
Manila 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Manila
Binangonan 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Binangonan
El Nido 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in El Nido
Batangas 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Batangas
Calamba 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Calamba
Tarlac City 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tarlac City
Tagaytay 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tagaytay
Cebu 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cebu
Puerto Princesa (Palawan island) 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Princesa (Palawan island)
Davao 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Davao

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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 65% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.1/person
($ 2 to $ 5.3)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 8.4/person
($ 5.3 to $ 13)

69% 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)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3.1)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

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
$ 29/night
($ 22 to $ 38)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 36/night
($ 22 to $ 55)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 32 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
$ 242/night
($ 199 to $ 302)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 26/month
($ 20 to $ 33)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 77/month
($ 47 to $ 124)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 85/month
($ 48 to $ 140)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 49/month
($ 29 to $ 76)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 141/month
($ 81 to $ 226)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Philippines

On average, the price of supermarket food in Philippines costs 40% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.9)

86% 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
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.1/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 13)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 5.3)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 4.2)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
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 $ 2.7)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 7.9)

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 48% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 10.4/month
($ 4.8 to $ 20)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
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: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 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)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 46/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 78)

16% 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 47% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 126/month
($ 53 to $ 210)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
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
$ 49/month
($ 33 to $ 73)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 304/month
($ 126 to $ 625)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 167/month
($ 73 to $ 314)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 631/month
($ 250 to $ 1769)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 339/month
($ 168 to $ 625)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 15 to $ 64)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 296/month
($ 106 to $ 418)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5219/yr
($ 1665 to $ 14563)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

Leisure activity budget in Philippines

On average, budget for leisure activities in Philippines costs 64% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.3/ticket
($ 4.2 to $ 6.2)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 5/hr
($ 2 to $ 10.4)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Philippines

On average, shopping budget in Philippines costs 30% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.9/pack
($ 1.3 to $ 2)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 44
($ 22 to $ 73)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 15 to $ 42)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 82
($ 64 to $ 106)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 70
($ 39 to $ 106)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
$ 854
(fair price: $ 0)
Los Angeles → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
$ 807
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
$ 936
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
$ 1087
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
$ 889
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Manila
London → Manila
London → Manila
$ 766
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
$ 880
(fair price: $ 752)
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
$ 1026
(fair price: $ 881)
Melbourne → Cebu
Melbourne → Cebu
Melbourne → Cebu
$ 654
(fair price: $ 605)
Los Angeles → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
$ 889
(fair price: $ 778)
Sydney → Cebu
Sydney → Cebu
Sydney → Cebu
$ 682
(fair price: $ 622)
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
$ 710
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Cebu
Perth → Cebu
Perth → Cebu
$ 588
(fair price: $ 536)
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
$ 901
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 874)
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
$ 1231
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
$ 1106
(fair price: $ 953)
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
$ 979
(fair price: $ 892)
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
$ 588
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
$ 523
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Cebu
Auckland → Cebu
Auckland → Cebu
$ 777
(fair price: $ 683)
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
$ 560
(fair price: $ 0)
Montreal → Cebu
Montreal → Cebu
Montreal → Cebu
$ 1473
(fair price: $ 1265)
Edinburgh → Cebu
Edinburgh → Cebu
Edinburgh → Cebu
$ 971
(fair price: $ 903)

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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 09-09-2019.

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