Cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 86,750 Birr
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 44,260 Birr
  • 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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List of prices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 239 Birr
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 267 Birr
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 233 Birr
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 33 Birr
12 eggs, large 67 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Birr
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 157 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 134 Birr
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 32 Birr
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 298 Birr
2 liters of coca-cola 43 Birr
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Birr
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 36,740 Birr
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 22,396 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,749 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 25,183 Birr
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 17,741 Birr
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,284 Birr
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 997 Birr
40” flat screen tv 13,199 Birr
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,357 Birr
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 243 Birr
Hourly rate for cleaning help 153 Birr
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 890 Birr
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,412 Birr
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,448 Birr
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,007 Birr
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 973,208 Birr
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 20 Birr
Monthly ticket public transport 386 Birr
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 282 Birr
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 81 Birr
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 Birr
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 638 Birr
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 90 Birr
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 136 Birr
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 148 Birr
4 rolls of toilet paper 63 Birr
Tube of toothpaste 66 Birr
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 151 Birr
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 649 Birr
2 tickets to the movies 162 Birr
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,389 Birr
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,044 Birr
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 138 Birr
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 39 Birr
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 43 Birr
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 13 Birr
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,002 Birr
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 122 Birr
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 523 prices entered by 75 different people.
Latest price update: March 06, 2021

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