Travel budget in the Philipines

Philippines: calculate your travel budget

Philippines: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 26 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.8 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 591* (29288 ₱)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 53 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1330* (65898 ₱)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2526* (125244 ₱)

* 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 the Philipines in 2023

Cost of living: Philippines VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in the Philipines in 2023 is 54% less than 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 the Philipines by city

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

Cities /Philippines View Details
Tarlac City 33% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tarlac City
Batangas 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Batangas
Cebu City 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cebu City
Manila 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Manila
El Nido 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in El Nido
Binangonan 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Binangonan
Boracay 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Boracay
Tagaytay 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tagaytay
Davao 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Davao

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Local prices in the Philipines by expense type

Philippines: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in the Philipines costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.1/person
($ 1.8 to $ 8.2)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 7 to $ 28)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.5/person
($ 3 to $ 4.1)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.4 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 3)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1 to $ 4.4)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Philippines: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in the Philipines costs 61% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 26 to $ 36)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 27 to $ 75)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 64/night
($ 39 to $ 114)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 144/night
($ 106 to $ 219)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 237/night
($ 168 to $ 343)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 32/month
($ 21 to $ 51)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 101/month
($ 55 to $ 185)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 93/month
($ 58 to $ 159)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 57/month
($ 35 to $ 101)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 132/month
($ 82 to $ 220)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Philippines: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the Philipines costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 2.5)

64% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 1 to $ 2)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 6.1)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1 to $ 5)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 3)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.2)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Philippines: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the Philipines costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.7)

33% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.8
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 22/24hrs
($ 17 to $ 35)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

Philippines: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the Philipines costs 63% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 4.1 to $ 8)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.3/hr
($ 3 to $ 10)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Philippines: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the Philipines costs 40% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.9/pack
($ 2.3 to $ 3.6)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 45
($ 15 to $ 82)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 10 to $ 52)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Manila
London → Manila
London → Manila
$ 990
(fair price: $ 851)
Los Angeles → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
$ 1142
(fair price: $ 976)
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
$ 726
(fair price: $ 572)
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
$ 757
(fair price: $ 602)
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
$ 1108
(fair price: $ 910)
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
$ 1299
(fair price: $ 1051)


About the information on the cost of living in the Philipines

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

Information about cost of living in the Philipines updated on 29-01-2023.

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