Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,122 (83,544 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,040 (40,930 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.
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List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 194 Birr ($4.93)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 237 Birr ($6)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 276 Birr ($7)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32 Birr ($0.81)
12 eggs, large 63 Birr ($1.59)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22 Birr ($0.57)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 136 Birr ($3.44)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 124 Birr ($3.14)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 19 Birr ($0.49)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 27 Birr ($0.70)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 266 Birr ($7)
2 liters of coca-cola 43 Birr ($1.09)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 16 Birr ($0.40)
Housing [Edit]
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 33,921 Birr ($862)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 19,659 Birr ($499)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,947 Birr ($126)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,985 Birr ($584)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 14,341 Birr ($364)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,149 Birr ($55)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 940 Birr ($24)
40” flat screen tv 13,107 Birr ($333)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,357 Birr ($136)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 200 Birr ($5.07)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 141 Birr ($3.57)
Clothes [Edit]
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 822 Birr ($21)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,351 Birr ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,252 Birr ($57)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,863 Birr ($47)
Transportation [Edit]
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,034,540 Birr ($26,277)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr ($0.47)
Monthly ticket public transport 382 Birr ($10)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 224 Birr ($5.68)
Personal Care [Edit]
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr ($2.06)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 Birr ($3.94)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 596 Birr ($15)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 85 Birr ($2.16)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 141 Birr ($3.58)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 138 Birr ($3.51)
4 rolls of toilet paper 65 Birr ($1.65)
Tube of toothpaste 66 Birr ($1.67)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 132 Birr ($3.35)
Entertainment [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 650 Birr ($17)
2 tickets to the movies 140 Birr ($3.55)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,389 Birr ($35)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,130 Birr ($29)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 119 Birr ($3.03)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32 Birr ($0.81)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 36 Birr ($0.90)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr ($318)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 13 Birr ($0.32)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,459 Birr ($37)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 112 Birr ($2.85)
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 414 prices entered by 70 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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