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Cost of living in Damascus, Syria compared to Alexandria, Egypt
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Food | + 79% | |||
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Food in Damascus (Syria) is 79% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 3,568 £ (E£ 125) | E£ 61 | + 104% | |
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 1,426 £ (E£ 50) | E£ 48 | + 5% | |
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 1,061 £ (E£ 37) | E£ 25 | + 47% | |
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 582 £ (E£ 20) | E£ 10 | + 107% | |
12 eggs, large | 623 £ (E£ 22) | E£ 11 | + 107% | |
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 214 £ (E£ 8) | E£ 6 | + 20% | |
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 740 £ (E£ 26) | E£ 27 | - 4% | |
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 229 £ (E£ 8) | E£ 13 | - 39% | |
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 240 £ (E£ 8) | E£ 3.74 | + 125% | |
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 411 £ (E£ 14) | E£ 9 | + 61% | |
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | 9,363 £ (E£ 329) | E£ 89 | + 270% | |
2 liters of Coca-Cola | 601 £ (E£ 21) | E£ 9 | + 132% | |
Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 96 £ (E£ 3.36) | E£ 2.71 | + 24% | |
Housing | - 9% | |||
Housing in Damascus (Syria) is 9% cheaper than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 166,689 £ (E£ 5,849) | E£ 4,450 | + 31% | |
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 58,215 £ (E£ 2,043) | E£ 2,577 | - 21% | |
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 9,886 £ (E£ 347) | E£ 218 | + 59% | |
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 78,121 £ (E£ 2,741) | E£ 2,526 | + 9% | |
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 35,718 £ (E£ 1,253) | E£ 1,181 | + 6% | |
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 9,548 £ (E£ 335) | E£ 512 | - 35% | |
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 8,328 £ (E£ 292) | E£ 443 | - 34% | |
40” flat screen TV | 148,295 £ (E£ 5,204) | E£ 5,512 | - 6% | |
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 22,402 £ (E£ 786) | E£ 1,699 | - 54% | |
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 1,096 £ (E£ 38) | E£ 64 | - 39% | |
Hourly rate for cleaning help | 350 £ (E£ 12) | E£ 19 | - 34% | |
Clothes | + 25% | |||
Clothes in Damascus (Syria) is 25% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 5,827 £ (E£ 204) | E£ 645 | - 68% | |
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 28,412 £ (E£ 997) | E£ 599 | + 66% | |
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 16,424 £ (E£ 576) | E£ 1,046 | - 45% | |
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 8,008 £ (E£ 281) | E£ 720 | - 61% | |
Transportation | + 19% | |||
Transportation in Damascus (Syria) is 19% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 14,237,400 £ (E£ 499,575) | E£ 507,909 | - 2% | |
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 209 £ (E£ 7) | E£ 3.02 | + 143% | |
Monthly ticket public transport | 5,666 £ (E£ 199) | E£ 109 | + 82% | |
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) | 577 £ (E£ 20) | E£ 21 | - 3% | |
Personal Care | - 28% | |||
Personal Care in Damascus (Syria) is 28% cheaper than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 211 £ (E£ 7) | E£ 24 | - 69% | |
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 300 £ (E£ 11) | E£ 76 | - 86% | |
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 2,745 £ (E£ 96) | E£ 112 | - 14% | |
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 287 £ (E£ 10) | E£ 30 | - 66% | |
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 607 £ (E£ 21) | E£ 30 | - 29% | |
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 656 £ (E£ 23) | E£ 27 | - 15% | |
4 rolls of toilet paper | 585 £ (E£ 21) | E£ 13 | + 63% | |
Tube of toothpaste | 240 £ (E£ 8) | E£ 12 | - 27% | |
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 536 £ (E£ 19) | E£ 39 | - 52% | |
Entertainment | + 65% | |||
Entertainment in Damascus (Syria) is 65% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 6,476 £ (E£ 227) | E£ 119 | + 91% | |
2 tickets to the movies | 4,359 £ (E£ 153) | E£ 73 | + 108% | |
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 6,902 £ (E£ 242) | E£ 283 | - 14% | |
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 27,673 £ (E£ 971) | E£ 233 | + 316% | |
1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 668 £ (E£ 23) | E£ 52 | - 55% | |
Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 572 £ (E£ 20) | E£ 24 | - 16% | |
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 1,027 £ (E£ 36) | E£ 19 | + 85% | |
iPod nano 16GB | 78,811 £ (E£ 2,765) | E£ 2,268 | + 22% | |
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 13 £ (E£ 0.44) | E£ 0.23 | + 89% | |
1 month of gym membership in business district | 6,502 £ (E£ 228) | E£ 394 | - 42% | |
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 1,031 £ (E£ 36) | E£ 26 | + 39% | |
TOTAL | + 29% |
WARNING! This comparison is based on only a few data points. At this point it is only a guess. It is based on 476 prices entered by 35 different people.
These prices were last updated on May 23, 2017.
Exchange rate:
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Cost of living in Damascus (Syria) is 29% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt)
For example, you would need at least E£ 20,099
(572,801 £)
in Damascus
to maintain the same standard of living that you can have with
E£ 15,625
in Alexandria.
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