Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $1,779 (88,321 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $965 (47,912 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 Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 230 Birr ($4.63)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 271 Birr ($5.46)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 233 Birr ($4.70)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 31 Birr ($0.62)
12 eggs, large 80 Birr ($1.61)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr ($0.45)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 157 Birr ($3.17)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 134 Birr ($2.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr ($0.36)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 32 Birr ($0.63)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 298 Birr ($6.00)
2 liters of coca-cola 45 Birr ($0.91)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 16 Birr ($0.31)
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Housing Update prices
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 41,326 Birr ($833)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 26,362 Birr ($531)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,749 Birr ($76)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 25,183 Birr ($507)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 17,741 Birr ($357)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,284 Birr ($46)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,020 Birr ($21)
40” flat screen tv 11,946 Birr ($241)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,357 Birr ($108)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 243 Birr ($4.90)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 153 Birr ($3.07)
Clothes Update prices
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 881 Birr ($18)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,490 Birr ($30)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,530 Birr ($51)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,114 Birr ($43)
Transportation Update prices
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,034,910 Birr ($20,849)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr ($0.41)
Monthly ticket public transport 403 Birr ($8)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 282 Birr ($5.68)
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Personal Care Update prices
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr ($1.63)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 Birr ($3.13)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 638 Birr ($13)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 90 Birr ($1.81)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 136 Birr ($2.74)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 148 Birr ($2.98)
4 rolls of toilet paper 63 Birr ($1.27)
Tube of toothpaste 66 Birr ($1.32)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 145 Birr ($2.92)
Entertainment Update prices
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 675 Birr ($14)
2 tickets to the movies 168 Birr ($3.39)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,389 Birr ($28)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,215 Birr ($24)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 138 Birr ($2.78)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 39 Birr ($0.80)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 46 Birr ($0.93)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr ($252)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.52 Birr ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,030 Birr ($41)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 152 Birr ($3.07)
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 214 prices entered by 84 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2022

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