Cost of living in Cairo, Egypt

Summary of cost of living in Cairo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $1,993 (E£ 31,329)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $907 (E£ 14,266)
  • Cairo is the 2nd cheapest city in Africa (6 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Cairo is cheaper than in 87% of cities in the World (174 out of 200)

List of prices in Cairo, Egypt. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
EGP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district E£ 112 ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) E£ 75 ($4.75)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast E£ 45 ($2.88)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk E£ 17 ($1.10)
12 eggs, large E£ 20 ($1.29)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes E£ 7 ($0.43)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese E£ 42 ($2.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples E£ 24 ($1.52)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes E£ 8 ($0.48)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket E£ 31 ($1.95)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality E£ 173 ($11)
2 liters of coca-cola E£ 15 ($0.97)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day E£ 7 ($0.45)
Housing [Edit]
EGP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area E£ 11,496 ($731)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area E£ 5,899 ($375)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat E£ 746 ($47)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area E£ 5,676 ($361)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area E£ 3,439 ($219)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio E£ 538 ($34)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) E£ 172 ($11)
40” flat screen tv E£ 4,433 ($282)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) E£ 2,055 ($131)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) E£ 89 ($5.65)
Hourly rate for cleaning help E£ 44 ($2.80)
Clothes [Edit]
EGP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) E£ 1,035 ($66)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) E£ 854 ($54)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) E£ 2,364 ($150)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes E£ 1,493 ($95)
Transportation [Edit]
EGP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new E£ 395,503 ($25,157)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas E£ 8 ($0.51)
Monthly ticket public transport E£ 302 ($19)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) E£ 50 ($3.17)
Personal Care [Edit]
EGP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) E£ 45 ($2.89)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) E£ 63 ($4.03)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) E£ 278 ($18)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) E£ 82 ($5.23)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) E£ 48 ($3.02)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) E£ 43 ($2.70)
4 rolls of toilet paper E£ 25 ($1.61)
Tube of toothpaste E£ 26 ($1.64)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city E£ 88 ($5.58)
Entertainment [Edit]
EGP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub E£ 458 ($29)
2 tickets to the movies E£ 180 ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) E£ 939 ($60)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert E£ 517 ($33)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club E£ 114 ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city E£ 38 ($2.43)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) E£ 55 ($3.50)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb E£ 9,792 ($623)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) E£ 1.75 ($0.11)
1 month of gym membership in business district E£ 457 ($29)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes E£ 41 ($2.62)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 960 prices entered by 99 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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Cairo position in our World Ranking

the world
174th
out of 200
africa
6th
out of 7

Cheapest and most expensive products in Cairo compared to other cities:

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2nd
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3rd
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4th
africa
1st
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1st
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