Cost of living in Benin

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,549 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 7,494 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,245 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,025 Franc
12 eggs, large 902 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 802 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,600 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,745 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 700 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 580 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 6,196 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,770 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 400 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 173,610 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 120,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 50,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 59,853 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 75,098 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 25,000 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 30,000 Franc
40” flat screen TV 200,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 79,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,500 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 10,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 5,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 15,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 60,000 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 466 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 12,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,200 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 30,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,200 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 2,360 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,932 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,000 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,399 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,775 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 18,000 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 13,059 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,000 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,300 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 455 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,500 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,000 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Benin

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This map shows only the top cities in Benin. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

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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