Cost of living in Ethiopia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 140 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 129 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 145 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 25 Birr
12 eggs, large 49 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 24 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 122 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 79 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 15 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 165 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 45 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 36,446 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,291 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,242 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 16,258 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,885 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,497 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,584 Birr
40” flat screen TV 16,296 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,111 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 87 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 150 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 680 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,169 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,151 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,621 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 874,556 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 725 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 112 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 147 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 617 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 91 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 130 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 131 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 55 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 109 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 512 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 203 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 4,024 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,097 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 188 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 36 Birr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,116 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 36 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,378 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 97 Birr

Map of Cost of Living in Ethiopia

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This map shows only the top cities in Ethiopia. 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.

Are you moving to Ethiopia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Addis Ababa costs 666 Birr (2 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Addis Ababa costs 20,000 Birr (5 days ago)