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:

  • $ 23 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.4 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 515* (23674 PHP)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 47 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1177* (54082 PHP)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 6.3 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2396* (110138 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 the Philipines in 2020

Cost of living: Philippines VS United States

On average, the cost of living in the Philipines in 2020 is essentially the same as 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
Angeles City 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Angeles City
Manila 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Manila
Binangonan 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Binangonan
Batangas 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Batangas
El Nido 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in El Nido
Calamba 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Calamba
Cebu 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cebu
Tagaytay 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tagaytay
Puerto Princesa (Palawan island) 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puerto Princesa (Palawan island)
Davao 16% lessTravel 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
$ 3.2/person
($ 1.6 to $ 28)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 8.7/person
($ 5.5 to $ 57)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.2/person
($ 2.2 to $ 12)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 8.2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3.5)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 5.7)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.4 to $ 2.7)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 2.6)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Philippines: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in the Philipines costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 28/night
($ 22 to $ 36)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 23 to $ 59)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 55/night
($ 33 to $ 90)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 152/night
($ 110 to $ 204)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 244/night
($ 200 to $ 304)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 26/month
($ 20 to $ 34)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 81/month
($ 48 to $ 130)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 87/month
($ 49 to $ 141)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 49/month
($ 30 to $ 76)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 143/month
($ 82 to $ 226)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Philippines: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the Philipines costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 2.6)

97% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.2/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 4.4)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 7.3)

75% 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 $ 4.9)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 20)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 5.4)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 6.7)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 6.8)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 6.5)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1 to $ 4.8)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.6/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 3.2)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 2.7)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 20)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Philippines: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the Philipines costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 3.8)

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 11/month
($ 5 to $ 141)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.2 to $ 3.5)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.8
($ 0.8 to $ 5.5)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 47/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 112)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Philippines: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in the Philipines costs 48% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 144/month
($ 66 to $ 352)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 52/month
($ 34 to $ 146)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 345/month
($ 132 to $ 3905)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 194/month
($ 88 to $ 3126)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 754/month
($ 328 to $ 7289)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 395/month
($ 219 to $ 5478)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 44/month
($ 15 to $ 106)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 235/month
($ 88 to $ 2592)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6161/yr
($ 2180 to $ 43268)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Philippines: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the Philipines costs 60% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 4.5 to $ 18)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.2/hr
($ 2.6 to $ 45)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Philippines: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the Philipines costs 26% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 1.8 to $ 17)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 47
($ 18 to $ 88)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 11 to $ 58)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 87
($ 55 to $ 110)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 77
($ 34 to $ 176)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
Manchester → Manila
$ 875
(fair price: $ 789)
London → Manila
London → Manila
London → Manila
$ 801
(fair price: $ 659)
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
London → Cebu
$ 881
(fair price: $ 770)
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
Dublin → Manila
$ 887
(fair price: $ 806)
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
New York City → Cebu
$ 997
(fair price: $ 831)
Los Angeles → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
Los Angeles  → Manila
$ 807
(fair price: $ 692)
Melbourne → Cebu
Melbourne → Cebu
Melbourne → Cebu
$ 661
(fair price: $ 600)
Los Angeles → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
Los Angeles  → Cebu
$ 868
(fair price: $ 745)
Sydney → Cebu
Sydney → Cebu
Sydney → Cebu
$ 665
(fair price: $ 581)
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
New York City → Manila
$ 916
(fair price: $ 775)
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
Manchester → Cebu
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 879)
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
Toronto (Ontario) → Manila
$ 1082
(fair price: $ 940)
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
Edinburgh → Manila
$ 924
(fair price: $ 842)
Perth → Cebu
Perth → Cebu
Perth → Cebu
$ 593
(fair price: $ 519)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
Toronto (Ontario) → Cebu
$ 1149
(fair price: $ 973)
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
Dublin → Cebu
$ 995
(fair price: $ 894)
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
Auckland → Manila
$ 710
(fair price: $ 628)
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
Montreal → Manila
$ 1241
(fair price: $ 1045)
Auckland → Cebu
Auckland → Cebu
Auckland → Cebu
$ 777
(fair price: $ 680)
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
Sydney → Manila
$ 581
(fair price: $ 502)
Montreal → Cebu
Montreal → Cebu
Montreal → Cebu
$ 1520
(fair price: $ 1298)
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
Perth → Manila
$ 523
(fair price: $ 482)
Edinburgh → Cebu
Edinburgh → Cebu
Edinburgh → Cebu
$ 1040
(fair price: $ 934)
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
Melbourne → Manila
$ 560
(fair price: $ 502)

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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 06-04-2020.

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