Cost of living in Ethiopia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 169 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 138 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 154 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 26 Birr
12 eggs, large 47 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 107 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 90 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 15 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 177 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 43 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 22,738 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 18,527 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 610 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,203 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,284 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,467 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,374 Birr
40” flat screen TV 15,660 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,977 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 78 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 400 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 692 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,198 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,210 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,037 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 684,764 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 767 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 142 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 130 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 365 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 80 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 111 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 154 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 32 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 54 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 62 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 362 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 136 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 424 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 929 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 231 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 26 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 26 Birr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 8,206 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 6 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,316 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 96 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?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Ethiopia of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Addis Ababa costs 600 Birr (1 day ago)