The cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City is relatively cheap when compared to many countries in the West. Expats from North America or Western Europe, in particular, can afford to maintain their standard of living from home here, if not increase some luxuries.

Cost of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City

The cost of accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City is a fraction of what it is in the United States or Europe, although housing does tend to be less spacious in Vietnam. There are several budget-friendly options, but those earning high expat salaries will be able to afford the most elite accommodation which often takes the form of luxury apartment complexes.

Cost of food and eating out in Ho Chi Minh City

When grocery shopping, the most expensive goods are those that are imported. To save money, try to buy local produce from street vendors. This tends to be fresher than what is available at supermarkets and is a great way to support the local economy.

Many expats dine out often as it isn't expensive. In fact, some would say it's cheaper to eat out than cook at home in Ho Chi Minh City. Those looking to splash out can try out the upmarket bars, restaurants and shops of the city centre or District 1.

Cost of education in Ho Chi Minh City

Expat parents planning on sending their children to a local school won't have a lot of school-related expenses with fees being low priced or free. Extra costs such as uniforms, school transport, lunches and stationery should also be taken into account, but these are minor costs compared to the ones borne by those sending their children to international schools. These schools command extremely high fees along with numerous extra costs, contributions and charges.

Cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City chart

Note that prices may vary depending on location and service provider and the table below is based on average prices for February 2021.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

VND 28,000,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

VND 18,000,000

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

VND 13,000,000

One-bedroom apartment outside city centre

VND 9,000,000


Milk (1 litre)

VND 32,000

Dozen eggs

VND 32,000

Loaf of white bread

VND 18,500

Chicken breasts (1kg)

VND 68,000

Pack of cigarettes 

VND 25,500

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

VND 100,000


VND 46,000

Local beer

VND 20,000

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

VND 500,000


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile) 

VND 2,000

Internet (uncapped – average per month) 

VND 270,000

Utilities (average per month for standard household)

VND 1,500,000

Transport and driving

City-centre bus fare

VND 6,000

Taxi (rate per km)

VND 14,000

Petrol (per litre) 

VND 21,000

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