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Cost of Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Prices in Addis Ababa

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 53.91
Rent Index: 19.50
Groceries Index: 53.17
Restaurants Index: 24.87
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 37.27
Local Purchasing Power: 14.19

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.27 $
2.67
4.50
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20.00 $
12.00
25.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 3.28 $
3.00
7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1.00 $
0.82
1.34
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 $
2.00
2.00
Cappuccino (regular) 0.62 $
0.38
1.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.69 $
0.50
1.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.42 $
0.30
0.57
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.96 $
0.80
1.24
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 0.68 $
0.53
1.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.22 $
1.00
2.00
Eggs (12) 1.79 $
1.50
2.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.97 $
4.58
10.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.85 $
6.50
8.74
Apples (1kg) 4.76 $
4.00
6.00
Oranges (1kg) 1.03 $
1.00
1.12
Tomato (1kg) 0.86 $
0.70
1.00
Potato (1kg) 0.58 $
0.50
0.80
Lettuce (1 head) 0.59 $
0.43
1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.75 $
0.60
1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.00 $
2.50
5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.98 $
0.82
1.20
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.17 $
2.00
2.68
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.00 $
2.00
2.16
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.30 $
0.25
0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10.00 $
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.30 $
1.61
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 4.50 $
3.00
6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.02 $
8.04
10.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.07 $
1.00
1.17
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,497.98 $
24,451.47
50,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 18.77 $
16.30
20.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.05 $
0.04
0.05
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 175.00 $
100.00
250.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.75 $
40.00
55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $
15.00
15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.50 $
2.68
5.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 28.76 $
20.00
38.04
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 25.00 $
20.00
30.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 89.31 $
70.00
135.84
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 66.00 $
50.00
80.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 318.93 $
200.00
407.52
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 132.86 $
100.00
200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,171.94 $
700.00
1,630.10
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 878.76 $
500.00
1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 814.17 $
555.00
1,030.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 585.93 $
400.00
695.56
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 227.57 $
150.00
450.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.50
6.00
13.00

These data are based on 460 entries in the past 18 months from 63 different contributors.

Last update: July, 2014

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16 Comments so far

#Abdul-Hameid Elmaleih on Aug 14, 2014 :
I'm from sudan
l, m planing to vist addis ababa next month to attend workshop on an e tax
but I don't know any think about this country regarding of the friendly relation between the two people
I Wana to know everything about traction hotel entertainment clothing , food prices every every thing .
Thanks
#Habtamu on Jun 29, 2014 :
ha ha ha I really funny with this living cost consideration.Who cares for this cost with out any income.Shame on our governing parties regarding this cost because we incur a lot more than this......
#goverdhan kuma r on Mar 11, 2014 :
I love ethopia and
I want to leave with my belove in ethopia
#Lidia on Jan 10, 2014 :
I am planing to go to Ethiopia for 10-30days max and my plan is to atteined either mesqel or Timqet and visit the main historical places like lalibela,axum,Fasil,Hawasa and Dire Dawa is 10 days enough? and how much money do I need
#Jim on Aug 17, 2013 :
I Stayed for two weeks touring around the country, It's safe and very stable country comparing to other Africa countries. I loved the coffee and the hospitality of the people of Ethiopia.
#Mark S. on Jun 17, 2013 :
Only if you eat at the Hilton and Sheraton - will you pay more than that."

You bet more...typically by a factor of 10! The Sheraton is nice, but the prices are disgustingly high, considering its location and the poverty that surrounds it. A Machiatto may cost 7 birr in town, or even 4 birr at a local place, but will costs 42 birr at the hotel pool!
#kiya on May 02, 2013 :
ya its been a while the transportation cost getting stable like half a year but other living accommodations are skyrocketing...
#Safdar on Apr 18, 2013 :
Please tell me about Ethiopia I got the job at Ethiopia on monthly salary of US S 1,000/= boarding, lodging and transportation by the company kindly tell me the enviornment of Ethiopia like crime, cost of living, tradition can I save something from my salary.

Regards.
Safdar
#Faisal on Apr 08, 2013 :
This is extremely sad to know that costs are getting out of hand, however there is always an invisible hand escalating prices and could stifle the growth the country is experiencing. I wonder what does a 3 bed room in a nice neighborhood would cost? I am thinking of moving there, and plan to start a business.
#Anonymous on Mar 30, 2013 :
Yes ! It is getting more expensive day by day !
#lowell on Nov 19, 2012 :
Very good information. Thanks. I live in southern California as a teacher. I plan to go to Ethiopia for a few days in January to visit my sponsored child through CHILDFUND. My child lives a distance from Addis and I am wondering how
primitive the people are in the desert. Do they still live in grass huts and are they isolaed from urban areas? Are they mostly herders and is there much poverty and lack of food. I would like someone to take me on a small tour of the city and surrounding areas. I would like to visit some schools.
Thanks for you help
Lowell Meyer
#Ginbot7.org on Nov 17, 2012 :
In November 2012 Ethiopian Federal police had demolished more than 30,000 homes in Addis Ababa by using force. More than 30,000 head of households with their families are forced to roam the streets homeless. In the process many had gotten injured and close to ten including an infant had died with the beatings they recieved from federal police demolishing the houses.
#Riaz syed on Oct 05, 2012 :
Me and my few friend also planing to see ourself
Because look like ethiopia will be soon very modern and rich country
#Jlo on Jun 03, 2012 :
Axum or Askum is a great place to live if you're, cheap, friendly, historic, calm and no crime.
#addis_expat on Mar 19, 2012 :
It sounds like the previous commenter had taken for granted that Addis was previously extremely cheap. Although prices are rising, Addis Ababa is still one of the cheapest cities in Africa to live in. I earn $1300/month, which is a very low salary for an expat, and very comfortably cover my expenses.
I rent a reasonably nice house with full-time guard, maid, and utilities for $900/month. This rent is shared among three people so I only pay $300. Transport costs are quite high, especially if you live outside of the center of town, but I can still get almost anywhere for less than 100 Birr. If you are willing to take a minibus you'll pay about $0.50 to get clear across the city. Food is extremely affordable compared to other African cities, and you can get a nice meal at a place like Enya's, Rainbow Korean, or Jewel of India for 100-200 Birr ($6-12) excluding alcohol. Only if you eat at the Hilton and Sheraton - the nicest hotels in the city - or very nice restaurants like Serenade will you pay more than that.
Yes, its true that prices are rising, and unfortunately this has very adverse effects on the average Ethiopian. However, if you are getting an expat salary, Addis is probably one of the most affordable places you can live in Africa.
#beforethedirg on Jan 22, 2012 :
Sadly, Addis Ababa is getting VERY, VERY expensive with inflation at 44% per annum according to 2011 World Bank Report. The greatest cost is rent. We were able to rent a nice apartment in the *nice* part of Addis for about $350/month three years ago. The same apartment is now $1000/month and rising. Sure you can rent a nasty and tiny apartment for much less but who wants to live in shared pit latrine circumstances? Also, taxis prices are skyrocketing. Don't get into a taxi without expecting to spend at least $6.00 (100 Ethiopian birr) or much more depending where you are going in the city. Food is getting more expensive. Nice hotels like the Hilton, Sheraton and newly opened Radisson. But plan on spending $75 for a nice meal (without wine) for two. It's a shame but the city is getting too expensive to live in even for retired expats. I don't know how the majority of Ethiopians can afford to live there. Sad.

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