Whether you're living in Papua New Guinea or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

3,300 PGK

average per month

820 PGK

Range

7,000 PGK

6,200 PGK

average per month

1,200 PGK

Range

9,900 PGK

9,900 PGK

average per month

2,900 PGK

Range

15,000 PGK

2,500 PGK

average per month

410 PGK

Range

5,400 PGK

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Papua New Guinea is 3,300 PGK. Expenses can range from 820 PGK at the minimum level to 7,000 PGK at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Papua New Guinea is 6,200 PGK. Expenditure can range from 1,200 PGK to 9,900 PGK per month.

The average cost of living for families in Papua New Guinea is 9,900 PGK per month. Families spend anywhere from 2,900 PGK to 15,000 PGK.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Papua New Guinea is 2,500 PGK. Students spend from 410 PGK to 5,400 PGK per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

0.82 PGK

0.82 PGK

0.82 PGK

combo meal

8.2 PGK

5.9 PGK

14 PGK

meal for one

27 PGK

22 PGK

34 PGK

meal for one

69 PGK

46 PGK

82 PGK

Soft Drink

0.69 PGK

0.69 PGK

0.69 PGK

or latte

5.5 PGK

3.4 PGK

8.2 PGK

large bottle

4.1 PGK

3.4 PGK

4.6 PGK

bread

0.59 PGK

0.52 PGK

0.69 PGK

eggs

4.1 PGK

3.4 PGK

5.2 PGK

chicken

9.6 PGK

7.5 PGK

12 PGK

1 kg or 1 lb

11 PGK

9.2 PGK

14 PGK

1 kg or 1 lb

5.9 PGK

5.2 PGK

6.9 PGK

1 kg or 1 lb

2.8 PGK

2.3 PGK

3.4 PGK

1 kg or 1 lb

2.9 PGK

2.6 PGK

3.2 PGK

1 kg or 1 lb

2.8 PGK

2.5 PGK

3.2 PGK

taxi ride

4.1 PGK

3.4 PGK

8.2 PGK

full tank

27 PGK

21 PGK

55 PGK

1-day rental

27 PGK

21 PGK

41 PGK

price

21,000 PGK

10,000 PGK

27,000 PGK

one way

1.0 PGK

0.69 PGK

2.1 PGK

Service

41 PGK

27 PGK

82 PGK

and water bill

200 PGK

49 PGK

420 PGK

and water bill

250 PGK

62 PGK

490 PGK

and water bill

400 PGK

87 PGK

440 PGK

and cable

41 PGK

21 PGK

55 PGK

charges

27 PGK

16 PGK

82 PGK

ticket

14 PGK

10 PGK

21 PGK

membership

41 PGK

33 PGK

82 PGK

or pants

34 PGK

24 PGK

52 PGK

dress

32 PGK

23 PGK

100 PGK

shoes

29 PGK

22 PGK

69 PGK

shoes

23 PGK

19 PGK

46 PGK

suit

26 PGK

21 PGK

140 PGK

t-shirt

14 PGK

10 PGK

41 PGK

apartment

520 PGK

340 PGK

1,400 PGK

apartment

820 PGK

520 PGK

2,100 PGK

apartment

1,000 PGK

690 PGK

2,700 PGK

apartment

100,000 PGK

69,000 PGK

210,000 PGK

apartment

140,000 PGK

82,000 PGK

520,000 PGK

apartment

410,000 PGK

140,000 PGK

820,000 PGK

Bed

520 PGK

410 PGK

690 PGK

Bed

410 PGK

270 PGK

520 PGK

Bed

320 PGK

240 PGK

410 PGK

Room

590 PGK

460 PGK

2,100 PGK

Table

270 PGK

210 PGK

520 PGK

or Couch

370 PGK

270 PGK

820 PGK

Set

410 PGK

270 PGK

820 PGK

or Freezer

370 PGK

240 PGK

520 PGK

Machine

460 PGK

320 PGK

820 PGK

or Cooker

370 PGK

290 PGK

520 PGK

Phone

410 PGK

340 PGK

590 PGK

or Computer

460 PGK

370 PGK

820 PGK

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Papua New Guinea

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 300 PGK |

AVERAGE | 1,200 PGK |

HIGH | 2,500 PGK |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 49 PGK |

AVERAGE | 200 PGK |

HIGH | 420 PGK |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 66 PGK |

AVERAGE | 260 PGK |

HIGH | 560 PGK |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 130 PGK |

AVERAGE | 530 PGK |

HIGH | 1,100 PGK |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 74 PGK |

AVERAGE | 300 PGK |

HIGH | 630 PGK |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 41 PGK |

AVERAGE | 160 PGK |

HIGH | 350 PGK |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 16 PGK |

AVERAGE | 66 PGK |

HIGH | 140 PGK |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 150 PGK |

AVERAGE | 590 PGK |

HIGH | 1,300 PGK |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Papua New Guinea

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 410 PGK |

AVERAGE | 2,000 PGK |

HIGH | 3,300 PGK |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 62 PGK |

AVERAGE | 250 PGK |

HIGH | 490 PGK |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 150 PGK |

AVERAGE | 740 PGK |

HIGH | 1,200 PGK |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 170 PGK |

AVERAGE | 870 PGK |

HIGH | 1,400 PGK |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 140 PGK |

AVERAGE | 680 PGK |

HIGH | 1,100 PGK |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 74 PGK |

AVERAGE | 370 PGK |

HIGH | 590 PGK |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 25 PGK |

AVERAGE | 120 PGK |

HIGH | 200 PGK |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 210 PGK |

AVERAGE | 1,100 PGK |

HIGH | 1,700 PGK |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Papua New Guinea

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 920 PGK |

AVERAGE | 3,200 PGK |

HIGH | 4,700 PGK |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 87 PGK |

AVERAGE | 400 PGK |

HIGH | 440 PGK |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 230 PGK |

AVERAGE | 790 PGK |

HIGH | 1,200 PGK |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 520 PGK |

AVERAGE | 1,800 PGK |

HIGH | 2,700 PGK |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 230 PGK |

AVERAGE | 790 PGK |

HIGH | 1,200 PGK |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 140 PGK |

AVERAGE | 490 PGK |

HIGH | 740 PGK |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 400 PGK |

AVERAGE | 1,400 PGK |

HIGH | 2,100 PGK |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 350 PGK |

AVERAGE | 1,200 PGK |

HIGH | 1,800 PGK |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Papua New Guinea

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 99 PGK |

AVERAGE | 590 PGK |

HIGH | 1,300 PGK |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 16 PGK |

AVERAGE | 99 PGK |

HIGH | 210 PGK |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 29 PGK |

AVERAGE | 170 PGK |

HIGH | 370 PGK |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 82 PGK |

AVERAGE | 490 PGK |

HIGH | 1,100 PGK |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 25 PGK |

AVERAGE | 150 PGK |

HIGH | 320 PGK |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 21 PGK |

AVERAGE | 120 PGK |

HIGH | 270 PGK |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 78 PGK |

AVERAGE | 470 PGK |

HIGH | 1,000 PGK |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 62 PGK |

AVERAGE | 370 PGK |

HIGH | 800 PGK |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Papua New Guinea typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 1,700 PGK with expenditure ranging from 430 PGK and 3,000 PGK. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Papua New Guinea ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 230 PGK with 54 PGK and 390 PGK being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 120 PGK to 830 PGK on commuting with 490 PGK being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Papua New Guinea is 920 PGK. The cost of groceries can range between 230 PGK to 1,600 PGK. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Papua New Guinea allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 120 PGK to 810 PGK with 480 PGK being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 70 PGK to 490 PGK with 290 PGK being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 510 PGK per month with 130 PGK being the minimum spent amount and 860 PGK being the maximum.