Cost of living in Cotonou, Benin

Summary of cost of living in Cotonou

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,487,154 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 579,499 Franc
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Cotonou, Benin. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,795 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 5,656 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,112 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,082 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,452 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 775 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,162 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,799 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 987 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 637 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,348 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 1,600 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 430 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 369,540 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 216,079 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 43,187 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 223,251 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 115,426 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 23,433 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 27,288 Franc
40” flat screen tv 286,499 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 106,148 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 7,191 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,000 Franc
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 20,673 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 21,722 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 29,986 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 64,258 Franc
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 25,879,800 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 515 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 14,525 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 15,983 Franc
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,158 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,493 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 15,201 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,200 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,259 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,544 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,071 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,374 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 6,975 Franc
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,211 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 6,830 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 20,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 19,132 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,317 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,663 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 879 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 350,000 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 80 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 23,921 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,279 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 60 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: August 07, 2020

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