Cost of Living in Addis Ababa

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.00 $ 3.50-6.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25.00 $ 15.00-32.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.50 $ 3.33-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.00 $ 0.95-1.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.00 $ 1.00-2.00
Cappuccino (regular) 0.85 $ 0.46-1.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.58 $ 0.40-1.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.45 $ 0.35-0.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.79 $ 3.79-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 $ 0.77-0.91
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.78 $ 1.00-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.67 $ 4.54-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.93 $ 2.72-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.03 $ 3.40-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 2.49 $ 2.27-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.34-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.40 $ 0.23-0.45
Potato (1 lb) 0.36 $ 0.23-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.23-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 1.00 $ 0.50-1.25
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $ 1.00-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.00 $ 10.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $ 0.50-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 0.75 $ 0.50-1.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.35 $ 1.00-5.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.25 $ 0.25-0.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10.00 $ 5.00-11.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.81 $ 1.61-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.00 $ 9.00-9.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.37 $ 2.95-3.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 60,000.00 $ 55,000.00-75,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 38,227.17 $ 26,086.00-70,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 87.10 $ 17.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.01 $ 0.01-0.02
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 538.75 $ 150.00-1,200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 81.24 $ 45.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.13 $ 10.00-12.40
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.00 $ 2.50-3.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 196.67 $ 166.67-220.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,933.33 $ 17,800.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 34.20 $ 20.00-61.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 146.50 $ 128.00-165.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 92.60 $ 65.00-118.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 45.00 $ 18.50-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 684.80 $ 350.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 329.88 $ 144.04-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,155.56 $ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,272.71 $ 781.64-1,700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 115.09 $ 92.90-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 83.61 $ 67.43-102.19
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 187.50 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 18.25 16.00-20.00

Prices in Addis Ababa

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Last update: February 2019
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33 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Jan 25, 2019 :
People in Addis do not use HVAC and most generally don't use washer and dryer so the priced stated is wrong as the general price is at minimum 200 USD for homes that use HVAC and a washing machine. People still handwash their clothes and air dry them.

Meat also at non Neighborhood Union prices is 10.71-14.28 USD depending on the cut of meat. The old price listed is only when a neighborhood raises money to open their own butcher shop and hires a few people to process everything.

Marlboro cigarettes is sold at 150 birr in local currency when changed at the current local bank rate amounts to 5.35 USD.
#Andy on May 31, 2017 :
Well, very interesting comments. I live in Hilton one bedroom apartment and pay $6400.00 per month. Not cheap, but a lot cheaper than the Sheraton.
#Nagaraju on Mar 06, 2017 :
Is 2500 dollers how much sufficient to live in Addis Ababa city in Ethiopia?
#Fido on Jan 20, 2017 :
please tell me where to buy an apartment per square feet only in 95$
#Anonymous on Dec 07, 2016 :
HI there, appreciate if you can let me have some insight about school fee for children of 14 and 6 respectively, English school.

Also if you can let me have some school references as well will be great
#Anonymous on Dec 03, 2016 :
Living cost for foreigner's are cheap but not for the citizens.
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2016 :
Also how much is weevon for hair been sold in the city Adiss ababa (cheapest one pls in dollars)?
#Chukwuma on Nov 13, 2016 :
Pls i need someone to tell me which biz thrives in Adiss ababa .I will be flying in from Nigeria.Your contact is very necessary to me.
#Anonymous on Oct 30, 2016 :
Anywhere near Bole is a nice area. The farther away you go the less nice it is for you..... The outskirts are nice suburban areas with big houses. Same as any major city. Local will make 250-300 dollars a month with education. No education they make 50-200 dollars a month. In local birr its 1000 birr -4000 birr. Foreigner make way more than them which why locals will charge you more for everything. This is the second part answer to the response below. Just left in June 2016 and stayed there for 3 months. Traveled all over that country.
#Anonymous on Oct 30, 2016 :
You need at least $1500 monthly if you are a foreigner. You will not get the same pricing everywhere as the locals get.I just left in June 2016. Was in Addis and traveled all over that country before the SOE. To live ok in a nice neighborhood you need 600-700 bucks for a nice hotel or furnished apt with utilities included. Internet will run you 60 bucks unless you get WIFI SAT. The local internet is off on mobile phones so I suggest getting WIFI SAT also but its ultra expensive or you will be hanging out alot at the local internet cafe. Eating monthly will run you about 300 bucks maybe 400 if you want to be comfortable and not always eat local food. The butcher bars are the best place to eat the local food because or Direk Tibbs. If you want to be able to have a beer or 2 then 350 is enough for food. TAXIS TAXIS TAXIS will be your death there financially. THEY ARE UNGODLY EXPENSIVE!!!! Try to catch the shuttles as much as possible once you learn the areas you are going to. The Blue yellow and private taxis are ungodly expensive and are ready to rip you off. You want to be able to save at least 500-1000 a month then you should be making no less than 2000-3000 a month as a foreigner because you won't get the same prices the locals get at 15%-25% discount.
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2016 :
the living cost is cheap only if you are paid more than 1500.00usd.but actually 98% of the employee is paid between 100 to 350usd per month.
#Norman on Aug 01, 2016 :
Hi, I just landed a job as a lecturer at one of the Universities in Addis Ababa and the salary offered to me was USD 1,500. Is this sufficient for me to survive? Plus would it allow me to save How about the climate in the area? Would it be suitable for jogging ? and also are there any gyms in the area? I'd really appreciate it if you could give any thoughts regarding my questions.
#tyryrd on Jun 26, 2016 :
Can anyone give me information about the richer and poorer areas of Addis Ababa?
#Znerdos on Jun 01, 2016 :
I live In addis Ababa, in comparison to many countries and cities in the world the cost of living in Addis Ababa is very cheap. you can live moderate life having monthly salary of 500 USD. ofcourse there are expensive areas and hotels in the city, nonetheless if you go to other restaurants you will get fantastic service with much less money. On top of that fast foods are relatively expensive than local foods (Burgers 3-4$, pizza 4-6$). people here specially love to eat meat most often, so meat is expensive: 1Kg consts 7-15 USD. If you are vegetarian or fond of fruits and vegetables you are blessed here. I assure you that the city is safe, secured, stable and no crimes. Ethiopian are one of the best welcoming and hospitable people, you barely struggle to get used to the culture and the society. you can have many friends anytime soon you get here.

I saw many ridiculous comments above, the forum is about the cost of living in addis ababa not your political opinion about the government. I observed and I know that it is not easy for Ethiopians, most people have been struggling to survive. But it appears to me that the reason is not because life is such expensive in Addis Ababa than other places, rather the wages are very law. E.g most college graduate earn net 100-300$ per month. Obviously the infrastructure is also under development and there are many economic problems. Screw you haters!, you love to complain and bark your political agenda. I bet most of you barely work hard to change your life, you just complain.
#anon on Apr 14, 2016 :
Life isn't really that bad in Ethiopia, One can fairly survive with $250 spending money wisely and avoiding extreme extravagance. Sure life would be better in Ethiopia but not with this greedy idiotic government running the country.
#yuesefu on Apr 12, 2016 :
I know a little bit about the living costs of addis. It's not that much expensive to live in there When you compare with Beijing. The causes of seeming the living cost is expensive in Addis, it's highly attached with the low income level of the people.
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2016 :
fuck this government printing money everyday to cover there shit corrupt countrie.
#ks hari on Mar 08, 2016 :
I was selected as lecturer in addis university.i ant to stay in addis.
$400 are sufficient per person/month.plz advise.
security of persons in addis is ok.
#yenesew on Feb 10, 2016 :
i live in addis abeba. i want to say something about living in addis is very diffeculy due to the payment of the wage or salary in every sector. so in my opinion it is vey diffcult to live it.
#Black Man on Feb 10, 2016 :
I'm from the United States...I WISH it was this cheap to live here. I make about $37,440/year, college educated and all. and while it can get you by for the most part, it's still hard..You work hard, and try your best to advance and get higher degrees, but it's getting more difficult to do...Especially when most people (white folk in particular) are making upwards from $60,000 to $100,000/year and living very comfortable..and those are some WITHOUT a college education. I know people who hold Doctoral degrees and are on welfare..The goal was to escape that life and be top workers and earners in your chosen field, but to no avail in a lot of cases.
#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.