Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 160 Birr ($5.62)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 155 Birr ($5.42)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 146 Birr ($5.11)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 28 Birr ($0.97)
12 eggs, large 56 Birr ($1.96)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr ($0.82)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 114 Birr ($4.01)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 108 Birr ($3.78)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Birr ($0.41)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20 Birr ($0.69)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 179 Birr ($6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 37 Birr ($1.31)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 Birr ($0.38)
Housing [Edit]
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 32,670 Birr ($1,145)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 20,615 Birr ($723)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,222 Birr ($218)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,613 Birr ($477)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,346 Birr ($328)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,973 Birr ($104)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,659 Birr ($128)
40” flat screen TV 18,298 Birr ($642)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,020 Birr ($141)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 122 Birr ($4.27)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 162 Birr ($5.68)
Clothes [Edit]
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 814 Birr ($29)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,139 Birr ($40)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,182 Birr ($76)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,905 Birr ($67)
Transportation [Edit]
ETB USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 909,578 Birr ($31,889)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr ($0.67)
Monthly ticket public transport 580 Birr ($20)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 205 Birr ($7)
Personal Care [Edit]
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 109 Birr ($3.81)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 197 Birr ($7)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 547 Birr ($19)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 82 Birr ($2.87)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 112 Birr ($3.93)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 112 Birr ($3.92)
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 Birr ($1.58)
Tube of toothpaste 52 Birr ($1.82)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 118 Birr ($4.13)
Entertainment [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 428 Birr ($15)
2 tickets to the movies 171 Birr ($6.00)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,291 Birr ($45)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 896 Birr ($31)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 117 Birr ($4.10)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33 Birr ($1.17)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27 Birr ($0.95)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,431 Birr ($471)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 13 Birr ($0.47)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,443 Birr ($51)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 106 Birr ($3.71)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 424 prices entered by 78 different people.
Latest price update: March 22, 2019

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