- Cost of Living
- Ethiopia
- Egypt
- Comparison

##
Cost of living in
**Ethiopia**
compared to
**Egypt**

Currency:

Food | + 15% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in Ethiopia is 15% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 145 Birr (E£ 93) | E£ 149 | - 38% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 122 Birr (E£ 78) | E£ 69 | + 14% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 142 Birr (E£ 91) | E£ 39 | + 133% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 25 Birr (E£ 16) | E£ 14 | + 15% | |

12 eggs, large | 51 Birr (E£ 33) | E£ 22 | + 52% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 22 Birr (E£ 14) | E£ 10 | + 38% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 140 Birr (E£ 90) | E£ 32 | + 180% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 87 Birr (E£ 56) | E£ 25 | + 122% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 12 Birr (E£ 8) | E£ 6 | + 24% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 17 Birr (E£ 11) | E£ 21 | - 49% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | 169 Birr (E£ 109) | E£ 162 | - 33% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | 41 Birr (E£ 26) | E£ 12 | + 112% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 14 Birr (E£ 9) | E£ 5.94 | + 47% | |

Housing | + 194% | |||

Housing in Ethiopia is 194% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 31,267 Birr (E£ 20,105) | E£ 8,237 | + 144% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 19,158 Birr (E£ 12,318) | E£ 4,751 | + 159% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 6,147 Birr (E£ 3,953) | E£ 893 | + 343% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 13,969 Birr (E£ 8,982) | E£ 5,885 | + 53% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 9,443 Birr (E£ 6,072) | E£ 3,601 | + 69% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 2,847 Birr (E£ 1,831) | E£ 594 | + 208% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 3,485 Birr (E£ 2,241) | E£ 252 | + 789% | |

40” flat screen TV | 17,500 Birr (E£ 11,252) | E£ 6,202 | + 81% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 4,020 Birr (E£ 2,585) | E£ 3,087 | - 16% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 120 Birr (E£ 77) | E£ 91 | - 15% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | 137 Birr (E£ 88) | E£ 88 | + 0% | |

Clothes | - 24% | |||

Clothes in Ethiopia is 24% cheaper than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 769 Birr (E£ 495) | E£ 930 | - 47% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 1,023 Birr (E£ 658) | E£ 824 | - 20% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 2,372 Birr (E£ 1,525) | E£ 1,911 | - 20% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 1,672 Birr (E£ 1,075) | E£ 1,232 | - 13% | |

Transportation | + 20% | |||

Transportation in Ethiopia is 20% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 909,578 Birr (E£ 584,858) | E£ 460,034 | + 27% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 19 Birr (E£ 12) | E£ 5.61 | + 118% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | 619 Birr (E£ 398) | E£ 397 | + 0% | |

Personal Care | + 57% | |||

Personal Care in Ethiopia is 57% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 149 Birr (E£ 96) | E£ 37 | + 158% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 162 Birr (E£ 104) | E£ 79 | + 32% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 664 Birr (E£ 427) | E£ 253 | + 68% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 78 Birr (E£ 50) | E£ 51 | - 1% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 117 Birr (E£ 75) | E£ 52 | + 45% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 118 Birr (E£ 76) | E£ 46 | + 65% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | 49 Birr (E£ 31) | E£ 20 | + 55% | |

Tube of toothpaste | 51 Birr (E£ 33) | E£ 21 | + 58% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 118 Birr (E£ 76) | E£ 64 | + 19% | |

Entertainment | + 59% | |||

Entertainment in Ethiopia is 59% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 581 Birr (E£ 374) | E£ 322 | + 16% | |

2 tickets to the movies | 177 Birr (E£ 114) | E£ 129 | - 12% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 1,458 Birr (E£ 938) | E£ 681 | + 38% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 963 Birr (E£ 619) | E£ 501 | + 23% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 116 Birr (E£ 74) | E£ 91 | - 18% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 32 Birr (E£ 20) | E£ 39 | - 47% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 23 Birr (E£ 15) | E£ 56 | - 73% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | 16,126 Birr (E£ 10,369) | E£ 10,910 | - 5% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 25 Birr (E£ 16) | E£ 4.61 | + 251% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | 1,457 Birr (E£ 937) | E£ 776 | + 21% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 104 Birr (E£ 67) | E£ 35 | + 91% | |

TOTAL | + 60% |

These prices were last updated on September 17, 2018.
Exchange rate:
0.643
EGP
/
ETB

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#
Cost of living in
**Ethiopia**
is
**60% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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