Cost of living in Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Ethiopia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 90,593 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 40,523 Birr
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 230 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 213 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 221 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 31 Birr
12 eggs, large 59 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 154 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 122 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 16 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 23 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 216 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 44 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 29,763 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 17,316 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 5,526 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 20,199 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 13,808 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,557 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,281 Birr
40” flat screen tv 18,140 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 7,373 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 185 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 860 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,859 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,154 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,145 Birr
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,100,550 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 872 Birr
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 72 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 145 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 838 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 110 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 124 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 142 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 55 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 49 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 151 Birr
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 645 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 175 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 1,076 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 166 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 34 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 20,343 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.47 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,841 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 94 Birr

Map of Cost of Living in Ethiopia


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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