Cost of Living in Cairo

Summary about cost of living in Cairo, Egypt:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 EG£ 40.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 400.00 EG£ 250.00-900.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 85.00 EG£ 70.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 EG£ 20.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50.00 EG£ 35.00-90.00
Cappuccino (regular) 32.89 EG£ 15.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 5.40 EG£ 5.00-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.51 EG£ 3.00-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 56.78 EG£ 45.42-64.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.43 EG£ 4.54-19.05
Rice (white), (1 lb) 5.17 EG£ 3.18-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 18.15 EG£ 13.20-24.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 24.63 EG£ 11.34-54.43
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 32.65 EG£ 18.14-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 60.62 EG£ 45.36-72.57
Apples (1 lb) 11.38 EG£ 6.80-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 5.96 EG£ 4.54-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 3.92 EG£ 2.27-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 2.91 EG£ 1.36-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 2.67 EG£ 1.36-4.54
Onion (1 lb) 2.75 EG£ 1.81-4.54
Lettuce (1 head) 4.81 EG£ 2.00-9.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.12 EG£ 4.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 EG£ 50.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 27.46 EG£ 20.00-37.88
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 39.19 EG£ 23.00-60.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 EG£ 42.00-50.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 EG£ 5.00-10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 EG£ 120.00-500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 8.00 EG£ 7.00-12.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.00 EG£ 4.02-11.27
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 EG£ 15.00-35.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 29.22 EG£ 25.55-33.12
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 410,000.00 EG£ 400,000.00-490,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 366,673.17 EG£ 340,000.00-400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 674.36 EG£ 377.78-1,200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 EG£ 0.14-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 302.12 EG£ 150.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 451.69 EG£ 200.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 188.40 EG£ 100.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 90.00 EG£ 60.00-100.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,484.31 EG£ 1,500.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 53,500.00 EG£ 25,000.00-85,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 771.15 EG£ 250.00-1,600.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 841.35 EG£ 500.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,066.10 EG£ 1,000.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,023.06 EG£ 400.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,946.96 EG£ 2,000.00-7,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,405.88 EG£ 1,100.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 7,382.98 EG£ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,609.09 EG£ 3,000.00-10,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,282.30 EG£ 836.12-2,043.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 701.30 EG£ 464.51-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,211.11 EG£
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.68 8.50-20.00

Prices in Cairo

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Last update: June 2021
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41 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Egypt is way operated the entire country smells like a sewer.
Anonymous on Feb 20, 2021:
i lived in cairo, 3000 EGP/month for one person is more than enough
Anonymous on Feb 04, 2021:
9,500 usd each month should cover expenses for one person
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
Cairo like the rest of Egypt is extremely expensive,besides its full of terrorists so stay safe and avoid any transit flights anywhere in Egypt.
Anonymous on Sep 03, 2020:
Such comments don’t realize

There are minimum for family or person survived . This is depend on how much country imports need basic for survived . We know Egypt depends on imports for basic need . So there are basic for survived & for comfort . In numbeo research based on comfort for person & family not for survived . Thank you
Ahmed Salama on Mar 07, 2020:
5000 EGP is the average cost of living for a family of 4 persons in cairo
Jess jessie on Feb 12, 2020:
I don't agree with the rent. Especially in areas like Zamalek, if you're a foreigner, landlords will try their best to get a minimum of 800 USD for a single bedroom apartment and raise the rent the next year with 10 percent. Don't trust these statistics. It's actually more expensive than it's written.
Kamal Akram on Dec 29, 2019:
I would interested in know what it would cost to open a bank account in Cairo and can it be opened online?
Anonymous on May 10, 2019:
You'll be sorry you went to school in Cairo unless you like to be beaten up by the locals just for not being from Egypt.Thats what happened to me for just saying hello.
Prince S.Lah on Feb 23, 2019:
I just wanna appreciate you for such a wonderful information,it has encouraged me to change my study plan I had for south Korea to Egypt Cairo
NOTANON on Dec 10, 2018:
@sami they smile but at the same time they trick you

that's it, i love you .

beside some f**ls say it's not enough to live with 50,000 a month if you have kids that go to top 10 schools
however these schools are 20x more expensive than 99% of others schools
Anonymous on Nov 12, 2018:
@Haji and Wanderer Yes .. they're more than enough.
haji on Oct 05, 2018:
is 40000egp enough for a family of 4 including house rent,food,electricity,transport etc.
Wanderer on Oct 04, 2018:
Is 22,000 EGP enough for rent, food, electricity, water, gas, etc...for a month for 2 people?
Dana on Aug 18, 2018:
The prices listed for rent are totally distorted as they more accurately reflect rent paid by those living in their flats prior to the currency devaluation who had cheaper rent grandfathered in to their contracts.

Real market prices for those seeking to rent in 2018 are 3 to 4 times higher. 4,000-5,000 LE would be a bare minimum to rent any flat near the city center...
Anonymous on Jun 12, 2018:
How much per month will be enough for family consists of father and mother and two kids (11 and 8 years)? this will include everything, water electricity, transportation, car fuel, one time per week to eat in a restaurant, school fees for both kids In the top of medium schools, no rent needed.
Muhaimin on May 26, 2018:
I have a monthly income of $
is that enough to survive in Cairo with a wife n 2 kids?
Anonymous on May 15, 2018:
@Dan. I don't know what currency GB is. If it's GBP (Great British Pound) then 1,500 will be more than enough. 1GBP = 22EGP (Egyptian Pounds) which means around 33,000EGP/month!!!! It takes the average Egyptian over 6 months to earn that much.
If it's 1,500EGP then it's nowhere near enough. All you'll be able to afford is food/month and nothing else.
If you want to rent in a good area, it won't be less than 2,000EGP/month. Food for 1 person is around 1,200EGP/month. Petrol is 5EGP/litre, around 800EGP/month. Just those three expenses adds to 4,000EGP...and you still have to pay for electricity, internet, telephone, etc.
Anonymous on Apr 11, 2018:
i told you before that the Inflation will fall to 13percent in 2018 as GDP grows more than 7 percent
chek my message
Rola on Mar 05, 2018:
@Dan, is it 1500 £ or 1500 EGP?
If 1500 EGP, for sure its not enough at all.
If its 1500 GBP, so its good of course. 1 GBP equals nealy 22 EGP.
So 1500 is above 30000 EGP which is very good of course.
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2018:
EGYPT is a perfect place to live >.. first work hard and it will be nice
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2018:
@Dan, 1500 is not enough for a good enough quality of life (that's if the place of accommodation and light and water bills are excluded from the 1500) .. if you don't have a place for accommodation and you have to pay these bills, it would be even worse .. 1500 is ok for a very very basic life.
Dan on Jan 09, 2018:
Hi! I'm a student an I'm thinking of taking an internship in Cairo. The salary is 1500GB, is that enough for living by myself in the city?
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2018:
I am thinking about moving to Cairo! Is it safe? What are cost now
kylie on Nov 29, 2017:
i hope to move to Cairo soon looks like i'm going to be working harder then ever to keep up
Ahmad Hisham on Nov 01, 2017:
#Michael Florance
This number is enough in Egypt to stay very comfortable (and save half of it), but please do sell what you have in Canada before staying a least a year in
Egypt, it is not very comfortable for everyone, and you might find your self willing to get back (or at least have a dual model where you are moving between them often).
ahmedalex330 on Oct 02, 2017:
take this... the the salary of the university prof is about 150$ monthly ... teachers"80$" doctors"100$"
Mostafa Ayman on Sep 15, 2017:
#Michael Florance Sure that is going to be enough
actually the average family in Egypt spend about 10000-25000 a month
Mostafa Ayman on Sep 15, 2017:
#Michael Florance Sure that is going to be enough
actually the average family in Egypt spend about 10000-25000 a month
Michael Florance on Sep 15, 2017:
I was born in Egypt but never lived in Egypt. I want to leave Canada and go back home. Sell everything I own and retire in cairo. My wife and I will have an income just shy of 100,000 Egyptian pounds a month.
Is that going to be enough?
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2017:
Inflation will fall to 13percent in 2018 as GDP grows more than 7 percent
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2017:
Inflation will fall to 20 percent in 2018 as GDP grows more than 7 percent
Anonymous on Sep 13, 2017:
EGYPT : your analysis more than perfect
Inflation will fall to 20 percent in 2018 as GDP grows more than 7 percent , i think you can live in Egypt at cheaper prices than these
Fran expant in Alexandria on Sep 09, 2017:
EGP's inflation is at 33 goddamn percent. If you're thinking of moving to Egypt, vacationing or just quickly stopping by in the next couple of years or even months, take into account that these prices will probably all be double of what they are now..
Taha on Sep 04, 2017:
Edit- Internet category for 60mbpm doesn't exist in egypt.. Fastest is only 16mb for around 350egp

Inflation rates reached 35% "expect all these prices to be doubled in couple years"

Salaries are way below costs of living even for mid-classed citizens
sherif on Jul 26, 2017:
Egypt is a big country and a lot of people living brotherly,the prices in your survey 90% right and true ,, but you can living less than that .. the water is free and the electricity cheap, the communications we can say free (very cheap) you can travel to sharm el sheikh by bus 5 stars (only 5 USD) .. you can buy your food from the down town in Cairo very cheap(PACKET OF MARLLBOR SIGRATE ONLY 1.25 USD) ..and the banks are great if you put your money you will get 20 % bank interest per a year.. EGYPT is a wonderful place for living and investing ..
Admin on Jul 12, 2017:
Regarding a previous comment, the survey is not only for expatriates.
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2017:
Dear administrator

I would like to know if your survey is only for expatriate or in the lower price can we consider low price from market.

Thanks in advance
Amr on Jun 28, 2017:
The restaurants now add the VAT 13% and the serving 12% to orders so the average main course now after all costs and tax should be 140 - 200 Egyptian pounds.
So 2 main courses will be 400 and by adding starter and desert it will be around 700- 800 Egyptian pounds please check
jamdax on Jun 04, 2017:
Would like men leather shoes for much can you sell in wholesale? Would you mind connecting me to a company that produces such?
George on Jun 03, 2017:
I am about to move to Egypt/Cairo for 8 months, on an education scholarship (covering teaching expenses) by the Egyptian Embassy's Cultural Center.

I am being offered the option to stay at available Student dorm/housing.

Are these facilities of good quality and service? Or should I seek a independent apartment?

I also have a small dog with me (10 kg). What are the policies for keeping dogs in apartments and for walking them around the city, do you know?