Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 96,611 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 51,084 Birr
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Addis Ababa
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 303 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 260 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 274 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33 Birr
12 eggs, large 99 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 24 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 164 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 138 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 32 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 286 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 55 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 Birr
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 42,910 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 27,211 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,231 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 31,150 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 23,350 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,669 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 995 Birr
40” flat screen tv 11,655 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,357 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 232 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 153 Birr
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 953 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,490 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,538 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,477 Birr
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,262,540 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 25 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 403 Birr
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 333 Birr
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 600 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 621 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 90 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 227 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 148 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 72 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 79 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 150 Birr
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 832 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 200 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,389 Birr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,748 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 238 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 59 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 57 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.52 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,856 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 151 Birr
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 140 prices entered by 77 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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