Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 80,616 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 40,192 Birr
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 190 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 225 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 280 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 32 Birr
12 eggs, large 62 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 139 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 121 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 26 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 254 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 40 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 33,730 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 18,733 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,506 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,988 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 13,698 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,905 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 940 Birr
40” flat screen tv 13,615 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,519 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 278 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 100 Birr
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 822 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,594 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,327 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,010 Birr
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,069,200 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 475 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 66 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 118 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 611 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 86 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 136 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 138 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 63 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 64 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 144 Birr
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 642 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 137 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,000 Birr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 925 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 182 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 43 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 41 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 23,066 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.00 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,276 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 105 Birr

Map of Cost of Living in Ethiopia


This map shows only the top cities in Ethiopia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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.

Prices recently added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Addis Ababa costs 50 Birr (about 5 hours ago)