Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 152 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 125 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 118 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 24 Birr
12 eggs, large 43 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 21 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 100 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 88 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 14 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 206 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 39 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12 Birr
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 22,816 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 12,853 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 559 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 12,842 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 6,083 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,227 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,807 Birr
40” flat screen TV 17,354 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,804 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 112 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 287 Birr
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 810 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,160 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,871 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,804 Birr
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 911,373 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 564 Birr
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 114 Birr
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 55 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 319 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 82 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 97 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 83 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 39 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 38 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 70 Birr
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 276 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 126 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 165 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 892 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 94 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 22 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20 Birr
iPod nano 16GB 4,898 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,609 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 50 Birr
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 276 prices entered by 73 different people.
Latest price update: August 16, 2017.

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