Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 141,979 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 81,407 Birr
  • 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 399 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 359 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 319 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 62 Birr
12 eggs, large 129 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 29 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 388 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 225 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 54 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 470 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 89 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 24 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 66,924 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 52,875 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,742 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 42,581 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 27,918 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,242 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,416 Birr
40” flat screen tv 14,841 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 324 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 200 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,714 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,000 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,052 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,236 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,630,210 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 46 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 808 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 191 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 200 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 500 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 92 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 369 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 180 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 92 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 100 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 139 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,078 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 259 Birr
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 1,953 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 574 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 80 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 78 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,744 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 265 Birr

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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:
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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.

Prices recently added

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Addis Ababa costs 200 Birr (5 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Addis Ababa costs 10,000 Birr (6 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Addis Ababa costs 2,000 Birr (10 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Addis Ababa costs 3,200 Birr (10 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Addis Ababa costs 1,800 Birr (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Addis Ababa costs 70 Birr (10 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Addis Ababa costs 25 Birr (10 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Addis Ababa costs 60 Birr (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Addis Ababa costs 30 Birr (10 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Addis Ababa costs 200 Birr (10 days ago)

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