Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $3,626 (205,853 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,852 (105,115 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 Mar 2024.

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Food Update prices
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 604 Birr ($11)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 334 Birr ($5.88)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 391 Birr ($7)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 108 Birr ($1.90)
12 eggs, large 156 Birr ($2.75)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 54 Birr ($0.95)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 318 Birr ($5.60)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 255 Birr ($4.49)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 112 Birr ($1.97)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 138 Birr ($2.43)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 177 Birr ($3.13)
2 liters of coca-cola 63 Birr ($1.11)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 82 Birr ($1.44)
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Housing Update prices
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 81,729 Birr ($1,440)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 59,726 Birr ($1,052)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,625 Birr ($99)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 53,020 Birr ($934)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 28,637 Birr ($504)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,432 Birr ($78)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 945 Birr ($17)
40” flat screen tv 42,062 Birr ($741)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,184 Birr ($215)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 259 Birr ($4.55)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 515 Birr ($9)
Clothes Update prices
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,708 Birr ($48)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,723 Birr ($30)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 4,925 Birr ($87)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,493 Birr ($44)
Transportation Update prices
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,782,070 Birr ($31,390)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 75 Birr ($1.31)
Monthly ticket public transport 1,255 Birr ($22)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 288 Birr ($5.07)
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Personal Care Update prices
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 928 Birr ($16)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,831 Birr ($50)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,534 Birr ($45)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 65 Birr ($1.15)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 456 Birr ($8)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 598 Birr ($11)
4 rolls of toilet paper 326 Birr ($5.73)
Tube of toothpaste 141 Birr ($2.49)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 558 Birr ($10)
Entertainment Update prices
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,940 Birr ($52)
2 tickets to the movies 295 Birr ($5.20)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 5,500 Birr ($97)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,673 Birr ($47)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 366 Birr ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 121 Birr ($2.13)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 72 Birr ($1.27)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 29,628 Birr ($522)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 13 Birr ($0.23)
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,864 Birr ($86)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,923 Birr ($34)
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 296 prices entered by 35 different people.
Latest price update: March 05, 2024

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