Cost of living in Benin

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,790 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 6,645 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,606 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,090 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,442 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,025 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,353 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,221 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 776 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 780 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 6,355 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,773 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,143 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 410,588 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 313,726 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 100,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 76,711 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 25,000 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 37,647 Franc
40” flat screen TV 200,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 100,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,500 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 17,647 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) 37,941 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 496 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) 4,500 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 23,373 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 1,408 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,556 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 6,373 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 15,250 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 3,000 Franc
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 15,249 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,022 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,400 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 988 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 60 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 31,667 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,500 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.

List of all cities available in Benin

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Nikki Parakou Porto-Novo
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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Cotonou costs 60,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Cotonou costs 2,500 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Cotonou costs 4,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Cotonou costs 20,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Cotonou costs 3,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Cotonou costs 10,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Cotonou costs 2,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Cotonou costs 1,800 Franc (8 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Cotonou costs 17,000 Franc (8 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Cotonou costs 5,000 Franc (8 days ago)