Cost of Living in Bangladesh

If you've ever considered moving to Bangladesh, one of the first questions that likely crossed your mind is, "What is the cost of living in Bangladesh?" After all, it's essential to have a clear picture of your potential expenses before making such a life-changing decision. At this page, we'll dive into the nitty-gritty of the cost of living in Bangladesh and whether the reported $717 per month figure aligns with the average monthly salary of $253.01.

Restaurants
Markets
Transportation
Childcare
Clothing
Rent Per Month
Buy Apartment
Salaries
Bangladesh
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Restaurants

Price

World Range

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

1.68 $

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

9.86 $

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

4.93 $

Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)

--

Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)

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Cappuccino (regular)

1.71 $

Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)

0.28 $

Water (12 oz small bottle)

0.16 $

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Markets

Price

World Range

Milk (regular), (1 gallon)

0.77 $

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)

0.61 $

Rice (white), (1 lb)

0.63 $

Eggs (regular) (12)

1.18 $

Local Cheese (1 lb)

7.22 $

Chicken Fillets (1 lb)

2.59 $

Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

6.72 $

Apples (1 lb)

1.9 $

Banana (1 lb)

0.93 $

Oranges (1 lb)

1.87 $

Tomato (1 lb)

0.71 $

Potato (1 lb)

0.27 $

Onion (1 lb)

0.5 $

Lettuce (1 head)

0.38 $

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

0.27 $

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

--

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

--

Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)

--

Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

2.96 $

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Transportation

Price

World Range

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

0.39 $

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

11.83 $

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

0.99 $

Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)

0.39 $

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

2.37 $

Gasoline (1 gallon)

0.94 $

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

34499.73 $

Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

27564.73 $

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Utilities (Monthly)

Price

World Range

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment

35.24 $

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

0.01 $

Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

24.12 $

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Sports And Leisure

Price

World Range

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

13.79 $

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

12.55 $

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

4.93 $

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Childcare

Price

World Range

Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child

48.5 $

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child

1328.23 $

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Clothing And Shoes

Price

World Range

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

18.88 $

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

19.77 $

1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

46.37 $

1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

39.62 $

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Rent Per Month

Price

World Range

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

105.33 $

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

65.1 $

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

243.08 $

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

155.54 $

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Buy Apartment Price

Price

World Range

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre

813.04 $

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

441.01 $

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Salaries And Financing

Price

World Range

Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)

253.01 $

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate

9.14 %

Bangladesh

How Safe Is Bangladesh for Travel?
Warnings & Dangers in Bangladesh

OVERALL RISK: HIGH

Bangladesh is mainly a safe country to visit. However, it does have an extremely high rate of both petty and violent crime, though it's mainly ridden with petty street crime. You should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting hurt.

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM

Public transport is also risky. If you're traveling in rickshaws, CNGs or taxis, especially at night, you may be particularly vulnerable to being attacked and robbed at gunpoint. Avoid public transportation when traveling alone.

PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH

Since Bangladesh is a very poor country, it is no surprise that pickpockets are extremely active. They are an everyday occurrence, so you should be extremely careful when handling your valuables and never carry your money in a purse or a pocket. Never carry all your money in the same place, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

Bangladesh is susceptible to many natural disasters. It has suffered from floods, cyclones, storm surge, river bank erosion, earthquake, drought, salinity intrusion, fire and tsunami, with cyclones and floods particularly causing massive damages.

MUGGING RISK: HIGH

Violent crime is also a common occurrence in Bangladesh and you have to be very careful. Armed robbery is the second most common crime in this country, so do everything you can do keep your valuables low profile. Kidnapping of businessmen and abduction of children are becoming increasingly popular.

TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM

There is a high probability of terrorists trying to carry out attacks in Bangladesh. The last terrorist attack occurred in March 2017 and it targeted security forces and there is a risk that future attacks could also occur in public places where public gatherings take place. Places where foreigners are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack, so be vigilant at all times.

SCAMS RISK: HIGH

Scams are an everyday occurrence in this country. As in most countries ridden with poverty, there are a number of scams performed on tourists, and it is no wonder that the locals use every situation to try and get money from you. Double check everything, and negotiate everything in advance. Be careful when taking a taxi and make sure they use the meter or negotiate the ride before getting into the cab.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: MEDIUM

Though many women have visited Bangladesh and encountered no problems at all, going to Bangladesh alone has its risks. If you do, be sure to avoid remote streets, both during day and night, and do not flash your belongings or handle money in public. Stay out of the streets at night and be vigilant for any possible dangers at all times.

Useful Information & Tips
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Visas

Many countries do need a visa to enter Bangladesh. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Bangladesh. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.

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Currency

Bangladeshi taka is the official currency in Bangladesh. You can find ATMs that accept foreign cards in most big towns and cities, but not in smaller towns, at least not many. Bear in mind that whenever you take money out of an ATM using your foreign card, you will have to pay a convenience fee of a few hundred taka.

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Weather

The climate in Bangladesh is subtropical monsoon climate that, depending on the season, varies in rainfall, high temperatures and humidity. Generally speaking, Bangladesh has three distinct seasons: a hot, humid summer that lasts from March to June; a cool, rainy monsoon season from June to October, and a cool and dry winter from October to March.

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Airports

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, formerly known as Zia International Airport, is the largest airport in Bangladesh. It is located in Kurmitola in northern Dhaka.

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Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Bangladesh, since it covers not only the costs medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.