The people of Saudi Arabia’s monthly income is relatively good, so their standard of living, food, accommodation, and everything is very high. Expats typically use the services of drivers, housekeepers, nannies, and gardeners. While your preferences may vary, many expats lead comfortable lives.

NUMBEO index calculates that a family of four will require around SAR 10,200 each month (excluding rent) to lead a standard life. When compared to other Gulf states, living in the capital is 35% less expensive than living in Dubai and 38% less expensive than living in Doha.

Grocery and food expenses

Food prices in Saudi Arabia are slightly more than in other Asian nations because the country is not an agricultural one. But now they have started mass production of food grains locally.

Food prices in Saudi Arabia are somewhat cheap compared to Arab countries.

Food prices is depending on which store you visit, but here are some typical prices you can expect to see. Some grocery stores specialize in importing American products while others focus on Asian cuisine and local produce.

 If you prefer to shop at independent stores, you can visit the fresh vegetable market.

Some market list prices are mentioned.

  • SAR 6 for milk (liters).
  • SAR 2 for 1 loaf of bread.
  • 12 eggs cost SAR 9.
  • 1 kilo of bananas costs SAR 6.
  • 5 liters of water – SAR 2


What is the monthly salary in Saudi Arabia?

In Saudi Arabia, the average monthly salary is around 16,700 SAR. Pascal ranges from 4,230 SAR (lowest average) to 74,600 SAR (highest average) (highest average, higher actual maximum salary). This is the average monthly payment, which includes accommodation, transport and other incentives.


How much is the apartment rent in Saudi Arabia?

To buy property in Saudi Arabia, you must be a Saudi citizen, so the only option for expats is to rent. Many expats live in “compounds” with Americans and Europeans. This often makes assimilation into Saudi society easier, especially if you are not Muslim.

Small studio apartments to four-bedroom flats are available for rent. A one-bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $700 to $1,500 per month. Three-bedroom apartments rent from $1,400 to $2,700 per month.

Internet and mobile bill cost

In today’s technologically advanced world, wherever we go, we need both mobile internet and a mobile balance, which we need to use almost every day.

Cost of fiber optic internet connection: SAR 260

5G internet data cost for a month: SAR 400

Mobile bill on average: SAR 100


Transportation costs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has an extensive bus and taxi network. Taxis are the quickest and most efficient mode of transportation.

A single bus ticket costs roughly $0.53 if you choose to ride the bus. The monthly bus pass is $40. If you want to use a cab, expect to spend around $0.86 per mile. A gallon of petrol costs $0.97 on average. These prices are always changing.

Keep in mind that taxi cabs in Saudi Arabia do not often utilize meters, although you can bargain for a lower fare.


Are there any railways in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia intends to build 8,000 kilometers of additional track to more than increase the size of its rail network.

The first phase of the Riyadh-Dammam high-speed rail link between the capital of Saudi Arabia and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina has been opened to the public.

The Saudi rail network now has around 3,650 kilometers of track over three lines.

The North-South line connects Riyadh to the Jordanian border and includes feeder lines to mineral mining facilities.

The regular class ticket to Jeddah and Makkah is SAR- 40, while the business class ticket is SAR- 50.

Makkah and Madinah are SAR- 150 for ordinary class and SAR- 250 for business class.

Domestic flights in Saudi Arabia?

There are several airlines that operate domestic flights to Saudi Arabia, with low-cost and full-service options. This means that no matter what you’re looking for, there will be an airline to offer the perfect domestic flight for you.

A domestic flight in Saudi Arabia can be a flight departing from Jeddah (JED) and arriving at Abha (AHB).

Is a passport required to travel within Saudi Arabia?

If you are traveling within Saudi Arabia, you must present a photo ID (iqama) at passport control. if you are traveling from abroad, you must show your passport

Which airlines fly into Saudi Arabia?

  • Flyadeal
  • Flynas
  • Saudia
  • SaudiGulf
  • Nesma Airlines


Clothing and shoe prices in Saudi Arabia?

Like any other country, Saudi Arabia has high street and designer clothing. Costs are the same everywhere.

 A Zara dress will cost you SAR 205, Levi’s jeans will cost you SAR 170, and shoes will cost you SAR 350. Summer dress in a chain store Zara, H&M, cost around 217.

Amazon is available in Saudi Arabia. You can find whatever you wish to buy right here.


A cup of coffee price in Saudi Arabia

Nothing compares to enjoying a well-brewed cup of coffee while relaxing in a nice cafe.

It’s far more enjoyable to have coffee while sitting in a café on a pleasant morning, and if you live in Saudi Arabia, you can find coffee houses everywhere.

Both the large and small cities in Saudi Arabia have lovely coffee shops.

Cappuccino (regular) around 14.05/SAR


Education costs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi nationals are entitled to free education at all levels of education in Saudi Arabia. Education is free-for-all students, including overseas students. Some universities, however, charge overseas student fees for undergraduate degree programs.

 Inquire about tuition prices at your preferred Saudi higher education school.

Since the Saudi public school system is only open to Muslims, many expatriates prefer private international schools for their children. Tuition rates can vary greatly based on your child’s grade level and school.

For example, a kindergartener at Al Noor International School will cost 11,000 SAR annually, but tuition for years 12-13

Is British International School will be over SAR 103,509 per year.


Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

Under the Cooperative Health Insurance Law of 1999, everyone, even foreigners, is required to get medical insurance. The Ministry of Health controls the public healthcare system and governs private healthcare organizations, which provide one-third of the population with medical services.


Is healthcare free in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, it is completely free – but only if you are a Saudi national, the spouse of a Saudi national, the child of a female Saudi national, or a public sector worker.

Otherwise, your employer is legally obligated to provide you with private medical insurance, which you must take


Do I need insurance in Saudi Arabia?

Yes. As a Saudi citizen or government employee, you are either automatically insured or you must purchase private health insurance.

The personal insurance must be provided by your employer, and you can buy extra if you think you need more protection.


Now can change jobs permit in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s changes are in line with other nearby countries, such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Foreign workers can now travel without their sponsor’s permission and change employers in Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances.

If a dispute needs to be settled in court, the provisions of the new contract between employer and employee will serve as a guide.


Income tax in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no personal income tax system.

If an individual’s income is only from work in Saudi Arabia, they are not liable to income tax.

A flat income tax rate of 20% is applied to tax-adjusted profits of resident non-Saudi and non-GCC individuals.

Non-residents without legal registration or permanent establishment in Saudi Arabia are subject to tax on income derived from sources outside Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi resident entity is required to withhold tax from payments made on such non-resident payments. Regardless of whether the Saudi entity is a taxpayer, this regulation is applicable.