Cost of living in Sierra Leone

Summary of cost of living in Sierra Leone

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 46,772,150 Leone
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 30,416,353 Leone
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 78,420 Leone
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 50,000 Leone
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 37,859 Leone
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 22,000 Leone
12 eggs, large 18,000 Leone
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 30,000 Leone
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 40,732 Leone
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 30,000 Leone
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 25,000 Leone
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7,318 Leone
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 75,000 Leone
2 liters of coca-cola 30,000 Leone
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 4,324 Leone
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 35,577,500 Leone
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 15,000,000 Leone
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,550,000 Leone
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,900,000 Leone
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 416,559 Leone
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,730,860 Leone
40” flat screen tv 1,600,000 Leone
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 637,500 Leone
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36,290 Leone
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 250,000 Leone
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 250,000 Leone
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 300,000 Leone
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 300,000 Leone
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8,500 Leone
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30,000 Leone
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 15,000 Leone
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 75,000 Leone
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 42,581 Leone
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 32,354 Leone
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 27,445 Leone
4 rolls of toilet paper 14,000 Leone
Tube of toothpaste 20,721 Leone
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 81,551 Leone
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 230,047 Leone
2 tickets to the movies 70,000 Leone
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 323,564 Leone
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 80,000 Leone
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40,288 Leone
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13,266 Leone
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 800 Leone
1 month of gym membership in business district 800,000 Leone
1 package of marlboro cigarettes -

Map of Cost of Living in Sierra Leone


This map shows only the top cities in Sierra Leone. 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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