Cost of Living in Addis Ababa

Summary of cost of living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.13 $ 3.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25.00 $ 15.38-40.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.24 $ 5.60-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.00 $ 0.50-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.35 $ 1.00-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 0.89 $ 0.40-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.75 $ 0.50-1.10
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.48 $ 0.30-1.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.22 $ 2.85-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.36-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.54-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.65 $ 1.44-3.36
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.19 $ 1.81-7.26
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.61 $ 2.27-7.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.10 $ 1.81-9.68
Apples (1 lb) 2.56 $ 0.97-4.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.44-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.59-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 0.36 $ 0.23-0.54
Potato (1 lb) 0.25 $ 0.09-0.39
Onion (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.23-1.07
Lettuce (1 head) 0.34 $ 0.21-0.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.49 $ 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 $ 5.00-21.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.95 $ 0.50-1.52
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.81 $ 1.00-3.20
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.00 $ 3.00-6.20
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.42 $ 0.16-0.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10.00 $ 10.00-12.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.48 $ 1.20-2.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.56 $ 0.40-0.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 2.00-5.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.40 $ 3.03-5.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,500.00 $ 25,000.00-55,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 52,046.25 $ 44,000.00-65,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 163.25 $ 100.00-333.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 11.57 $ 11.50-12.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 152.46 $ 40.00-376.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 78.21 $ 30.00-273.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31.67 $ 25.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.50 $ 3.00-9.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 79.43 $ 31.41-150.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 43,916.67 $ 33,750.00-56,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.50 $ 24.00-86.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 60.53 $ 28.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 87.67 $ 38.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.38 $ 25.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 567.54 $ 267.00-850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 270.00 $ 180.00-450.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,508.00 $ 650.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 687.92 $ 350.00-1,020.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 200.12 $ 139.35-306.58
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 127.74 $ 83.61-195.09
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 195.20 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 16.00 11.00-17.00

Prices in Addis Ababa

This city had 428 entries in the past 12 months by 44 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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8 Comments so far
ourmaninafrica on Nov 26, 2023:
Really, I have no idea what your sources are. My rent around Bole, a tiny apartment of 45 sq meters is 120$/month.
The price has increased but so has the exchange rate. Over the years I’m now paying 20$ more than 10 years ago.
As an individual I can easily live on 50$/ week or 200$/month.
I’m not a financial expert but anybody can do the maths once you realize that a bank employee earns 300-400$/month, a hotel receptionist less than 100$/month and a factory worker about 50$/month. My driver has to pay his mortgage for his condominium, which is about 4$/month for 24 years. After that he owns the place.
Yes, I know that some UN expats have a monthly allowance of 1500$ for house rent. And yes, you could buy a pot of Nescafé or Nutella for 30$ at the expat supermarket. But that doesn’t imply that Addis Ababa is an expensive city.
Life in the country side is even cheaper, expect to rent a three bedroom villa for 150-200$.
FYI, I have been living and working in this beautiful country since 1991. Welcome to Ethiopia.
jone on Apr 02, 2023:
I have been visiting Ethiopia since 1984 to 2022. Ethiopia, yes, was cheap in the eighties and nineties as well, but now it is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Addis Ababa is one of the most expensive cities, more expensive than Dubai, Riyadh, Tbilisi, Kiev, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Tashkent and many cities around the world Add to that the police who are chasing you and asking for money from you without the slightest right.
traveler man on Jun 20, 2022:
I visited several countries around the world, estimated at 44, and Ethiopia is considered one of the most expensive, despite the poor capabilities and infrastructure, unfortunately.
Anonymous on Aug 16, 2021:
I noticed some people saying Addis is "cheap". Rent at USD55, or average income being around USD60... I just want to say that these prices are meant for International people, expats and people working in NGOs and International Organization. And when you want to go to places with International standards (not local), the prices are much much much higher if not equivalent to places in the US or Europe.
Martin Hoeck on Jun 25, 2021:
Addis Ababa is now hugely expensive for everything. Some restaurants have added almost 80% to cost but in return the quality in many is below normal. Example - giving stale bread, reducing portions etc etc. If they have no Chips they still charge for them. Bole Airport is disgustingly high prices with very poor quality...totally dreadful.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
The capital is really cheap hands-down. Pay no attention to people giving costs on here. I'm from Addis my rent only $55usd monthly electric water combined $13usd monthly taxi anywhere in Addis less than $1usd.I don't know why people post over inflated prices because no truth to it. Outside of Addis less than half the price.
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2020:
The logistics performance index of Ethiopia is 2.59. It indicates a satisfactory performance - in general, traffic is handeled well, some flaws in certain areas are possible, but overall the logistics system performs reliably and is ready to handle predictable amounts of traffic.

Customs performance is rated at 2.42. It indicates a mediocre performance - although somewhat ineffective, clearence porcesses do not overly discourage international business activity, occasionally fees and/or documents needed may be unpredictable, long clearance time can also be a problem.
Tesfaye Tariku on May 15, 2020:
The cost of living in Addis is unheard of for such poor country. Your comparison index with dallas is absoult fabrication because based on the cost of living indicated in addis not even near to compare to Dallas. Because i live in it a middle class standard.
I feel sorry for the people in Addis. Such a scaming country.
Let me help you highlighting what i'm paying.
You specified cost of living in dallas for a single person - $848.11.
Let me breakdown for you my monthly cost.
- gas for car = $50
- water/garbage= $40
- Electricity = $55
- Internet/TV = $55 (High capacity 80 Mbps)
- car and house insurance = $55
food items, taking the highest = $300

Total = $541
Difference = 848.11 - 541 = $307.11

Despite such huge difference of your calculation on living cost in dallas, how do you compare a country of highest living standard to the country at the bottom of living standard?
If truly people are paying $848.11 /month for utilities expense, wondering where do they got the money to afford? Because according to recent survey the average income/month in Addis is 2000 birr, equivalent to $62.50 US dollars.
Unemployment rate is about60%.
No wonder 20%of the population in addis are homeless and god knows how many live with family/relatives because unable to afford by their own.
Taking all this factors, its telling me how the government is so inconsiderat to let you do what you wanted and at least not to consider to involve in housing project to adjust housing and other utilities. Free market concept is not to rob the population. Instead if necessary the government to involve cost adjustments, and if necessary directly involve to adjust the cost. One way is directly supply the to the public on reasonable prices so that those robbers will be out of business and new generation who understand doing business will emerge.
I feel sorry for the Ethiopian people.