Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,237 (121,222 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,238 (67,110 Birr)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Addis Ababa
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 392 Birr ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 356 Birr ($7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 311 Birr ($5.74)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 54 Birr ($1.00)
12 eggs, large 129 Birr ($2.38)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 29 Birr ($0.53)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 255 Birr ($4.71)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 221 Birr ($4.08)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 26 Birr ($0.48)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 55 Birr ($1.01)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 301 Birr ($5.56)
2 liters of coca-cola 56 Birr ($1.03)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 23 Birr ($0.43)
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Housing Update prices
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 57,939 Birr ($1,069)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 38,355 Birr ($708)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,564 Birr ($47)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 34,148 Birr ($630)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 24,556 Birr ($453)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,667 Birr ($31)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,416 Birr ($26)
40” flat screen tv 11,847 Birr ($219)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,970 Birr ($110)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 285 Birr ($5.26)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 197 Birr ($3.64)
Clothes Update prices
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,664 Birr ($31)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,576 Birr ($29)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,114 Birr ($57)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,311 Birr ($43)
Transportation Update prices
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,499,600 Birr ($27,673)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 40 Birr ($0.74)
Monthly ticket public transport 765 Birr ($14)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 286 Birr ($5.28)
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Personal Care Update prices
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr ($1.50)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 177 Birr ($3.26)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 593 Birr ($11)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 90 Birr ($1.66)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 177 Birr ($3.27)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 158 Birr ($2.91)
4 rolls of toilet paper 74 Birr ($1.37)
Tube of toothpaste 79 Birr ($1.46)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 151 Birr ($2.79)
Entertainment Update prices
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 810 Birr ($15)
2 tickets to the movies 233 Birr ($4.30)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,387 Birr ($26)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,736 Birr ($32)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 267 Birr ($4.92)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 58 Birr ($1.06)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 69 Birr ($1.26)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr ($231)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.13 Birr ($0.06)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,716 Birr ($32)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 230 Birr ($4.25)
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 220 prices entered by 75 different people.
Latest price update: February 03, 2023

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