Cost of living in Benin

Summary of cost of living in Benin

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,376,984 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 621,317 Franc
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 6,338 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 4,130 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,235 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,300 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,200 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,500 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,576 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,250 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 900 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 500 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 8,000 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 1,318 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 364 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 377,723 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 300,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 60,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 12,000 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 20,000 Franc
40” flat screen tv 98,235 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 75,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,306 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,000 Franc
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 35,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,294 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 19,706 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 66,294 Franc
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 700 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,000 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 5,000 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 10,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,200 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,447 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,000 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,471 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,441 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,000 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 8,706 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 15,000 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,059 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,000 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 600 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 55 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 23,062 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 3,000 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Benin


This map shows only the top cities in Benin. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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