Cost of living in Nigeria

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,424 ₦
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,965 ₦
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,055 ₦
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 710 ₦
12 eggs, large 626 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 769 ₦
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,404 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,126 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 812 ₦
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 306 ₦
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,172 ₦
2 liters of Coca-Cola 408 ₦
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 330 ₦
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 293,772 ₦
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 185,889 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 22,336 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 176,746 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 173,846 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 18,689 ₦
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 5,662 ₦
40” flat screen TV 158,638 ₦
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 40,320 ₦
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,304 ₦
Hourly rate for cleaning help 791 ₦
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 7,436 ₦
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,265 ₦
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 21,401 ₦
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,856 ₦
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,156,700 ₦
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 145 ₦
Monthly ticket public transport 9,699 ₦
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,402 ₦
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,783 ₦
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 6,721 ₦
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,354 ₦
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 858 ₦
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,401 ₦
4 rolls of toilet paper 423 ₦
Tube of toothpaste 404 ₦
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,267 ₦
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,866 ₦
2 tickets to the movies 3,032 ₦
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 4,799 ₦
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 20,194 ₦
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,704 ₦
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,405 ₦
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 487 ₦
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 245,340 ₦
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 21 ₦
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,236 ₦
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 370 ₦

Map of Cost of Living in Nigeria

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This map shows only the top cities in Nigeria. 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Nigeria

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Benin City 79
2nd Lagos 79
3rd Abuja 76

Price 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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Lagos costs 300 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Lagos costs 400 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Lagos costs 5,000 ₦ (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Abuja costs 5,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Abuja costs 12 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Abuja costs 350,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Abuja costs 1,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Abuja costs 3,400 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Abuja costs 7,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Abuja costs 5,000 ₦ (6 days ago)