Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Dec 2018.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 120 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 123 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 132 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 25 Birr
12 eggs, large 53 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 114 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 94 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 172 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 35 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 Birr
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,542 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 19,966 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,974 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,969 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,428 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 3,024 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,888 Birr
40” flat screen TV 17,819 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,020 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 122 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 133 Birr
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 816 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,103 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,334 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,891 Birr
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 909,578 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 580 Birr
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 204 Birr
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 109 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 794 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 547 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 82 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 112 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 112 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 53 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 118 Birr
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 400 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 177 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,291 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 963 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 117 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27 Birr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,431 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 12 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,457 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 106 Birr
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 580 prices entered by 82 different people.
Latest price update: December 10, 2018.

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