Cost of living in Ethiopia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 145 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 122 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 142 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 25 Birr
12 eggs, large 52 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 140 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 87 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 169 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 41 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 28,524 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 19,158 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,147 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,969 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,443 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,847 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,485 Birr
40” flat screen TV 17,236 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 4,020 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 120 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 137 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 769 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,023 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,372 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,488 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 909,578 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 452 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 149 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 162 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 664 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 78 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 103 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 118 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 50 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 51 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 118 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 581 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 177 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,458 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 963 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 116 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 24 Birr
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 16,126 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 25 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,457 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 104 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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Addis Ababa costs 23 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper in Addis Ababa costs 44 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Addis Ababa costs 88 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Addis Ababa costs 800 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Addis Ababa costs 20,000 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Addis Ababa costs 60 Birr (about 20 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Addis Ababa costs 60 Birr (about 20 hours ago)