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) 137 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 146 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 26 Birr
12 eggs, large 44 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 27 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 126 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 102 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 14 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 251 Birr
2 liters of Coca-Cola 45 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Birr
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 27,768 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,025 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,574 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 26,124 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 16,206 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,742 Birr
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,226 Birr
40” flat screen TV 18,806 Birr
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,313 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 144 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 419 Birr
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 724 Birr
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,359 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,395 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,200 Birr
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 773,711 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 767 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 140 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 130 Birr
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 338 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 100 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 154 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 206 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 31 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 60 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 93 Birr
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 400 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 128 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 292 Birr
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,061 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 188 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 42 Birr
iPad Air 2, 64GB 11,489 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.16 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,230 Birr
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 112 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Addis Ababa costs 20,000 Birr (2 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Addis Ababa costs 900,000 Birr (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Addis Ababa costs 1,200 Birr (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Addis Ababa costs 25 Birr (4 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Addis Ababa costs 1,200 Birr (4 days ago)
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper in Addis Ababa costs 40 Birr (4 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Addis Ababa costs 56 Birr (4 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Addis Ababa costs 500 Birr (4 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Addis Ababa costs 100 Birr (4 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Addis Ababa costs 24 Birr (4 days ago)