The cost of living in Asia – we compare the cities

Those who believe all of Asia is the same has obviously never stepped foot in the region. The range of cultures, climates, religions and people is vast, as is the cost of living. Whether you are moving here for the first time or looking to relocate to a different city or country, this comparison will give you an overview of what to expect. All prices are listed in British pounds for ease of viewing.


Cost of rent

( 480sqft, good location)


Cost of a helper

(Average salary per month, various sources)


Cost of international school

(Annual fee, various sources)


Average expat income

(HSBC expat 2017)



(Taxi to go 2km,


Meal out

(mid-range restaurant for two,



(Red table wine,





Big Mac

(Big Mac index 2017)