Cost of living in Cairo, Egypt

Summary of cost of living in Cairo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,000 (E£ 31,654)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $874 (E£ 13,834)
  • Cairo is the 3rd cheapest city in Africa (12 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Cairo is cheaper than in 88% of cities in the World (252 out of 285)

List of prices in Cairo, Egypt. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
EGP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district E£ 149 ($9)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) E£ 76 ($4.82)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast E£ 45 ($2.86)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk E£ 16 ($1.00)
12 eggs, large E£ 21 ($1.32)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes E£ 10 ($0.60)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese E£ 47 ($3.00)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples E£ 25 ($1.55)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes E£ 8 ($0.53)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket E£ 25 ($1.61)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality E£ 160 ($10)
2 liters of coca-cola E£ 13 ($0.83)
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£ 10,593 ($669)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area E£ 5,195 ($328)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat E£ 767 ($48)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area E£ 6,622 ($418)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area E£ 3,843 ($243)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio E£ 762 ($48)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) E£ 203 ($13)
40” flat screen tv E£ 5,279 ($334)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) E£ 3,082 ($195)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) E£ 75 ($4.71)
Hourly rate for cleaning help E£ 70 ($4.41)
Clothes [Edit]
EGP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) E£ 1,028 ($65)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) E£ 787 ($50)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) E£ 2,215 ($140)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes E£ 1,048 ($66)
Transportation [Edit]
EGP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new E£ 404,068 ($25,528)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas E£ 7 ($0.47)
Monthly ticket public transport E£ 495 ($31)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) E£ 65 ($4.12)
Personal Care [Edit]
EGP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) E£ 39 ($2.44)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) E£ 71 ($4.45)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) E£ 314 ($20)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) E£ 51 ($3.25)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) E£ 48 ($3.06)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) E£ 45 ($2.81)
4 rolls of toilet paper E£ 34 ($2.13)
Tube of toothpaste E£ 21 ($1.33)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city E£ 67 ($4.22)
Entertainment [Edit]
EGP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub E£ 419 ($26)
2 tickets to the movies E£ 166 ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) E£ 851 ($54)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert E£ 644 ($41)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club E£ 76 ($4.83)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city E£ 39 ($2.46)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) E£ 46 ($2.90)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb E£ 9,411 ($595)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) E£ 1.39 ($0.09)
1 month of gym membership in business district E£ 547 ($35)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes E£ 40 ($2.52)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,100 prices entered by 114 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Cairo position in our World Ranking

the world
252nd
out of 285
africa
12th
out of 14

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