Cost of living in Eritrea

Summary of cost of living in Eritrea

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Nakfa69,125
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Nakfa34,552
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Nakfa165
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Nakfa150
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Nakfa300
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Nakfa25
12 eggs, large Nakfa72
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Nakfa25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Nakfa141
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Nakfa125
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Nakfa30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Nakfa23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Nakfa275
2 liters of coca-cola Nakfa15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Nakfa17
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Nakfa8,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Nakfa3,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Nakfa5,183
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Nakfa5,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Nakfa2,000
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Nakfa1,000
40” flat screen tv Nakfa11,100
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Nakfa5,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Nakfa100
Hourly rate for cleaning help Nakfa200
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Nakfa555
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Nakfa1,000
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Nakfa1,150
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Nakfa926
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Nakfa32
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Nakfa25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Nakfa90
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Nakfa120
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Nakfa125
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Nakfa125
4 rolls of toilet paper Nakfa55
Tube of toothpaste Nakfa65
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Nakfa382
2 tickets to the movies -
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Nakfa550
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Nakfa915
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Nakfa100
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Nakfa25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Nakfa24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Nakfa8,750
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Nakfa1.50
1 month of gym membership in business district Nakfa325
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Nakfa50

Map of Cost of Living in Eritrea


This map shows only the top cities in Eritrea. 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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