Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,157 (81,740 Birr)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,042 (39,469 Birr)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
ETB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 198 Birr ($5.22)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 225 Birr ($5.93)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 257 Birr ($7)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 31 Birr ($0.82)
12 eggs, large 61 Birr ($1.62)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr ($0.61)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 124 Birr ($3.27)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 111 Birr ($2.92)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 17 Birr ($0.46)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 26 Birr ($0.67)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 229 Birr ($6)
2 liters of coca-cola 50 Birr ($1.33)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Birr ($0.39)
Housing
ETB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 32,531 Birr ($858)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 18,733 Birr ($494)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,288 Birr ($140)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,988 Birr ($607)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 13,698 Birr ($361)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,905 Birr ($50)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,070 Birr ($28)
40” flat screen tv 13,816 Birr ($365)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 6,519 Birr ($172)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 243 Birr ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 100 Birr ($2.64)
Clothes
ETB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 822 Birr ($22)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,594 Birr ($42)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,327 Birr ($61)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,010 Birr ($53)
Transportation
ETB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,069,200 Birr ($28,214)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr ($0.50)
Monthly ticket public transport 475 Birr ($13)
Personal Care
ETB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 66 Birr ($1.74)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 118 Birr ($3.11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 611 Birr ($16)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 86 Birr ($2.26)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 136 Birr ($3.60)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 138 Birr ($3.64)
4 rolls of toilet paper 63 Birr ($1.66)
Tube of toothpaste 64 Birr ($1.70)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 144 Birr ($3.80)
Entertainment
ETB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 642 Birr ($17)
2 tickets to the movies 176 Birr ($4.65)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,000 Birr ($26)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,086 Birr ($29)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 182 Birr ($4.82)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34 Birr ($0.91)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 39 Birr ($1.02)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 23,066 Birr ($609)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.93 Birr ($0.05)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,745 Birr ($46)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 107 Birr ($2.83)

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:
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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