Cost of living in Cotonou, Benin

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,674 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 2,932 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,816 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,183 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,464 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 520 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,067 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,457 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,120 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 640 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,302 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,123 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 340 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 342,703 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 185,541 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 54,644 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 223,208 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 146,571 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,132 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 29,299 Franc
40” flat screen TV 351,589 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 130,471 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 9,224 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,085 Franc
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 20,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 23,460 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 62,500 Franc
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 620 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 16,354 Franc
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) 1,325 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,500 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 9,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,200 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,214 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,800 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 975 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,271 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 7,146 Franc
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,822 Franc
2 tickets to the movies -
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 40,493 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,911 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,500 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,883 Franc
iPod nano 16GB 240,000 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 22,142 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,000 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 61 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: March 22, 2017.

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