Cost of Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Prices in Addis Ababa

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Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.00 $
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20.00 $
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1.00 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 $
Cappuccino (regular) 0.90 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.68 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.54 $
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.97 $
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.83 $
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.57 $
Eggs (12) 1.93 $
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.95 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.66 $
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.65 $
Apples (1 lb) 2.29 $
Banana (1 lb) 0.37 $
Oranges (1 lb) 0.53 $
Tomato (1 lb) 0.42 $
Potato (1 lb) 0.34 $
Onion (1 lb) 0.40 $
Lettuce (1 head) 0.73 $
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.97 $
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2.00 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.87 $
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.00 $
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 7.50 $
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.61 $
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.37 $
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 $
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.72 $
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 42,894.63 $
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 16.25 $
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.05 $
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 125.00 $
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.08 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.24 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 2.25 $
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.00 $
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.75 $
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 102.00 $
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 68.67 $
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 256.67 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 112.67 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,607.14 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 908.33 $
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 72.57 $
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 63.13 $
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 193.75 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.17

These data are based on 369 entries in the past 18 months from 57 different contributors.

Last update: September, 2015

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29 Comments so far
#BBC on Aug 18, 2015 :
what I don't understand in ethiopia is the leadership of Tigray don't know how to control inflation and develop the economy. let other people like oromo lead. I don't understand why we hold the office while the country is in trouble.
#Anonymous on Aug 08, 2015 :
Why do we talk about the very few people who earn according to foreign standards? In Addis it's only business men or NGO workers or corrupted government officials who can afford the living cost. Sadly, they amount even less than 20% of the city's population. Concern should be given to the majority whose income is highly imbalanced with the rising expenses. The poor people urgently need the government take a measure to control the market system in the country.
#Marie on Jun 22, 2015 :
I will be staying in Ethiopia for a solid month, what do you think is my best lodging options
#Bonface on Jun 04, 2015 :
Am a nurse/midwife from Kenya and I would love to work in Ethiopia. I know no one there, where do i start?
#Neeraj on Mar 30, 2015 :
Looking for a cheap furnished apartment to rent for 1 week in an area with a lively nightlife. All comments and suggestions is greatly appreciated. Email :
#Eiwntu Bisema on Mar 28, 2015 :
I saw all the analysis. I wish to be life easiest in my lovely country. But how many of the people realy have enough in come to cover all the expeness. Life is easy for those who have strong link with sacking of Tax payer or abroad incom.
##bekki on Mar 22, 2015 :
@ tesfay $400 isn't 4000 birr dummy $200 is 4000 birr and you can live well by $300 well. Addis is great city to live tho its population is increasing in unstoppable rate and car accidents occurs daily.
#Kimani wa Mumbi on Mar 21, 2015 :
Addis Ababa is quite cheap for both foreigners and locals. I taught in Ethiopia 3 years and life is so cheap compared to my Kenya. Imagine paying Br1 for a bus ride. In Kenya that might as well be daydreaming. Read more at my blog to know about Ethiopia.
#Lisa on Mar 20, 2015 :
I am in the U.S. and have a friend who was born and raised in Addis and currently lives there. It is not easy. When ever you can, buy things from local merchants and help support the local economy. This is just a friendly thing to do when you visit anywhere. "Teff" is a good product. Quite healthy and useful. It certainly helps the economy.
#tesfay on Mar 17, 2015 :
why do we have to be rude about our country guys! we all know that living cost in ethiopia is not hte worest in the world. we can live comfortably with a monthly salary of 4000 Birr which is $400 dollar. u know in most part of the world u can't even survive if ur monthly salary is less than $500 dollar a month. for those of u who want to visit addiss or ethiopia in general the price is relatively cheep and we are a very hospitable people. I assure you u will enjoy ur stay in addiss
#ashok on Mar 02, 2015 :
I expect to get salary of us dollar 2500 How comfortable is this salary?
Regards Ashok
#Tazabi on Feb 11, 2015 :
For People who are complaining about high living cost in Ethiopia just compare it with other African countries and see the difference for yourself. You will find it surprising that it is much better than most African cities.
#Dawit Melaku on Feb 01, 2015 :
For some one living in a very expensive country in Europe the prices above may seem cheap but for an average Ethiopian it is unthinkable to pay for a quarter of the items above with an average wage. Based on 1 American dollar is around 22 Ethiopian birr and it is frightening that 1 litter of milk costs around a dollar.
#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 .
#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.

#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 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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