Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 88,786 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 45,511 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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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 230 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 271 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 242 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 31 Birr
12 eggs, large 82 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 157 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 133 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 32 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 298 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 46 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 38,326 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 23,362 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,232 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,790 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 10,560 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,684 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,030 Birr
40” flat screen tv 11,636 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,478 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 237 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 187 Birr
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 861 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,438 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,636 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,222 Birr
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,056,110 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 21 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 574 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 191 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 482 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 636 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 92 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 218 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 156 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 70 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 111 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 199 Birr
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 578 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 199 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 1,807 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 429 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 45 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 51 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.00 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,789 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 163 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:
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.

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