Cost of living in Benin

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,736 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 3,736 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,494 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 747 Franc
12 eggs, large 3,587 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 703 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese -
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,604 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 450 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 758 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 5,000 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,000 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 352 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 214,045 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 148,876 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 100,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 25,000 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 15,000 Franc
40” flat screen TV 279,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 79,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 8,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,000 Franc
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 25,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 580 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 10,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,200 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,500 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.) 2,031 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 900 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,000 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 600 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 6,000 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 20,000 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 22,000 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 3,000 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,500 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,500 Franc
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 20,000 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,000 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.

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.

List of all cities available in Benin

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