C O S T   O F   L I V I N G

90 USD is the average local monthly salary in Vietnam. This amount may vary depending if one lives in a big town or not, if one works for a foreign company or not, etc. 

In this section, you will find the cost of living of education, shopping, housing, domestic help, car lease, motorbike purchase, activities... 

(! All prices in VND must be x1000 !)

(The listed amounts in VND/USD are only an indication and may be subject to change)

Cost of living in Vietnam - Education

Cost of International Schools

Australian International School (AIS)
Application fee: approx. 1 500 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 2 500 - 19 000 USD

British International School (BIS)
Application fee: 1 000 - 3 000 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 8 000 USD (Foundation) - 29 000 USD ( Secondary)

International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
Application fee: approx. 3 000 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 7 500 - 30 000 USD

Marguerite Duras French International School
Application fee: 650 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year : 7500 - 8700 USD
Tuition for a complete Academic Year for a French student: 4 800 - 5700 USD

Saigon South International School (SSIS)
Application fee: 2 300 USD
Cost of tuition for a complete Academic Year: 15 000 - 27 000 USD

Cost of living in Vietnam - Shopping

Cost of Dairy Products

Cost of Meat and poultry

Cost of Fruits and Vegetables

Cost of Beverages

Cost of Miscellaneous Groceries

Cost of Pet Food

Cost of Beauty Products

Cost of Cleaning Products

In general most common brands can be found in Vietnam. Please click here to consult our guide for items which are not always readily available in Vietnam and that you may wish to bring with you.

Cost of Miscellaneous Services

Cost of Salon Services

In Vietnam, Local hair salon prices are much lower than expat run salons which generally use imported beauty products and techniques.

Cost of Tailors

Cost of living in Vietnam - Housing

Rental prices vary depending on older/newer housing options and the popularity of a residential area. 

Living in District 1 (City Center) and District 3

Monthly Rentals (in USD)


1 bedroom apartment : 1,500 
2 bedroom apartment : 1,800 
3 bedroom apartment : 2,500 
4 bedroom and more  : 3,500+

2 bedroom house : 1,500 
3 bedroom house : 2,000
4 bedroom house : 3,500 
5 bedroom house : 4,500

Living in District 2 (Thao Dien and An Phu)

Monthly Rentals (in USD)

1 bedroom apartment : 1,200 
2 bedroom apartment : 1,800 
3 bedroom apartment : 2,200
4 bedroom and more :  3,500

3 bedroom house : 2,200
4 bedroom house : 2,200 - 5,000 
5 bedroom house : 2,200 - 7,000

Living in District 7 (Phu My Hung)

Monthly Rentals (in USD)

1 bedroom apartment : 600
2 bedroom apartment : 800
3 bedroom apartment : 1,300 
4 bedroom and more  : 2,000

3 bedroom house : 2,000 
4 bedroom house : 2,500

Cost of Monthly Utility Bills

Cost of living in Vietnam - Domestic Help

In Vietnam, Salaries vary depending on experience and the level of English. Please click here to access our guide for more information about the cost of domestic help.

Cost of living in Vietnam - Car Lease

Driving a car in Vietnam is not recommended, therefore a car lease package with a driver included is a common practice amongst the expat community.  Following is an example of a popular vehicle leased over a 12 month period. Short term leases are also available at higher rates.

Toyota: 1 000 USD + per month with a driver. 800 USD + per month for the car alone.

Cost of living in Vietnam - Motorbike Purchase or Hire

Expats may wish to purchase or hire motorbikes as this is the most popular form of transportation in Vietnam.

Cost of living in Vietnam - Sports and Leisure Activities

There are numerous sport clubs around the city depending on sport preferences and budgets.

Piano lessons, pony lessons, swimming lessons, dance courses, painting courses can be found in Vietnam. The cost of  1 lesson may vary between 10/20 USD . Please click here to access our guide for more information on all available courses and cost of activities.

Cost of Travel

Taxi Fares One Way in Vietnam

Airport – District 1       130 VND / 7 USD
Airport – District 2       200 VND / 10 USD
Airport – District 7       220 VND / 12 USD     

District 1 – District 2    100 VND / 5 USD
District 2 – District 7    100 VND / 5 USD
District 1 – District 7    100 VND / 5 USD

(Please note that all indicated prices may vary with peak holiday periods in Vietnam)

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