Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Dec 2018.

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Food [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 120 Birr ($4.26)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 123 Birr ($4.38)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 132 Birr ($4.70)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 25 Birr ($0.88)
12 eggs, large 53 Birr ($1.88)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr ($0.83)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 114 Birr ($4.07)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 94 Birr ($3.34)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Birr ($0.42)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20 Birr ($0.70)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 172 Birr ($6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 35 Birr ($1.23)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11 Birr ($0.39)
Housing [Edit]
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,542 Birr ($1,371)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 19,966 Birr ($710)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,974 Birr ($212)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,969 Birr ($497)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,428 Birr ($335)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 3,024 Birr ($108)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,888 Birr ($103)
40” flat screen TV 17,819 Birr ($634)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,020 Birr ($143)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 122 Birr ($4.32)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 133 Birr ($4.74)
Clothes [Edit]
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 816 Birr ($29)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,103 Birr ($39)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,334 Birr ($83)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,891 Birr ($67)
Transportation [Edit]
ETB USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 909,578 Birr ($32,346)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr ($0.67)
Monthly ticket public transport 580 Birr ($21)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 204 Birr ($7)
Personal Care [Edit]
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 109 Birr ($3.86)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 794 Birr ($28)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 547 Birr ($19)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 82 Birr ($2.91)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 112 Birr ($3.99)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 112 Birr ($3.98)
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 Birr ($1.60)
Tube of toothpaste 53 Birr ($1.88)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 118 Birr ($4.19)
Entertainment [Edit]
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 400 Birr ($14)
2 tickets to the movies 177 Birr ($6)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,291 Birr ($46)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 963 Birr ($34)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 117 Birr ($4.16)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33 Birr ($1.19)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27 Birr ($0.96)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,431 Birr ($478)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 12 Birr ($0.42)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,457 Birr ($52)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 106 Birr ($3.77)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 527 prices entered by 81 different people.
Latest price update: December 18, 2018.

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