Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,623 (83,963 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,199 (38,373 Birr)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 230 Birr ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 213 Birr ($7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 174 Birr ($5.43)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 37 Birr ($1.15)
12 eggs, large 60 Birr ($1.87)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 25 Birr ($0.78)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 135 Birr ($4.21)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 119 Birr ($3.72)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 15 Birr ($0.48)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 25 Birr ($0.79)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 231 Birr ($7)
2 liters of coca-cola 39 Birr ($1.21)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13 Birr ($0.40)
Housing [Edit]
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 29,921 Birr ($935)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 17,826 Birr ($557)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,330 Birr ($198)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 17,179 Birr ($537)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 11,230 Birr ($351)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,743 Birr ($86)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,433 Birr ($139)
40” flat screen tv 17,896 Birr ($559)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,620 Birr ($144)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 171 Birr ($5.35)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 133 Birr ($4.16)
Clothes [Edit]
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 888 Birr ($28)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,391 Birr ($43)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,457 Birr ($77)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,755 Birr ($55)
Transportation [Edit]
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,117,250 Birr ($34,905)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr ($0.61)
Monthly ticket public transport 437 Birr ($14)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 241 Birr ($8)
Personal Care [Edit]
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 128 Birr ($3.99)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 182 Birr ($5.68)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 570 Birr ($18)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 85 Birr ($2.66)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 117 Birr ($3.65)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 115 Birr ($3.60)
4 rolls of toilet paper 54 Birr ($1.68)
Tube of toothpaste 48 Birr ($1.49)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 131 Birr ($4.09)
Entertainment [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 661 Birr ($21)
2 tickets to the movies 178 Birr ($5.55)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,458 Birr ($46)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,035 Birr ($32)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 121 Birr ($3.78)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36 Birr ($1.12)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 29 Birr ($0.89)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr ($391)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.52 Birr ($0.05)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,466 Birr ($46)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 107 Birr ($3.34)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 499 prices entered by 52 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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