Cost of living in Asmara, Eritrea

Expatistan is a collaborative effort. Comparisons improve with every new price that you enter.
We need your help! Tell us about prices in Asmara.
Change the currency:
Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa123
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Nakfa80
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Nakfa50
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa33
12 eggs, large Nakfa92
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa183
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa165
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa400
2 liters of Coca-Cola Nakfa100
Bread for 2 people for 1 day -
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa11,062
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Nakfa5,250
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Nakfa4,543
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Nakfa2,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Nakfa100
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen TV Nakfa9,750
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Nakfa1,283
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Nakfa544
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa1,370
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa1,700
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa35
Monthly ticket public transport Nakfa125
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Nakfa80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa120
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Nakfa75
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa155
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa267
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa40
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Nakfa51
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa438
2 tickets to the movies Nakfa40
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Nakfa555
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa32
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Nakfa1.60
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa2,667
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Nakfa77
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 68 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: March 23, 2018.

Do you live in Asmara? We need your help!

What is the price of

Public transport

in Asmara?

monthly ticket

International Cost of Living Index


Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Natal costs R$ 100 (22 minutes ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Rosario costs ARS $13,600 (24 minutes ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Sacramento, California costs $1,525 (29 minutes ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Melbourne costs AU$70 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Singapore costs SGD $56 (about 1 hour ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Brasília costs R$ 5.00 (about 1 hour ago)