Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 222,944 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 109,070 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 604 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 333 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 391 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 107 Birr
12 eggs, large 156 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 54 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 317 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 254 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 113 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 138 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 168 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 62 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 81 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 81,729 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 59,759 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,660 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 53,015 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 28,558 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,458 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 981 Birr
40” flat screen tv 36,043 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,406 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 260 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,750 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,748 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 4,965 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,469 Birr
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,800,000 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 94 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,000 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,574 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 60 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 466 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 622 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 336 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 147 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 565 Birr
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,970 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 295 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 2,690 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 363 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 123 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 72 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,509 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,035 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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