Cost of Living in Cairo

Summary about cost of living in Cairo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 72.50 EG£ 50.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 350.00 EG£ 200.00-450.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 EG£ 60.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 EG£ 20.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 47.50 EG£ 30.00-70.00
Cappuccino (regular) 29.97 EG£ 20.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 5.14 EG£ 5.00-9.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.53 EG£ 3.00-5.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 55.22 EG£ 47.32-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 8.49 EG£ 4.54-13.61
Rice (white), (1 lb) 5.39 EG£ 4.54-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 19.53 EG£ 16.00-26.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 26.18 EG£ 15.88-36.29
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 34.40 EG£ 27.22-41.73
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 66.09 EG£ 54.43-81.65
Apples (1 lb) 11.30 EG£ 8.16-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 4.86 EG£ 3.40-8.44
Oranges (1 lb) 2.99 EG£ 2.27-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 3.22 EG£ 2.27-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 3.83 EG£ 2.72-5.44
Onion (1 lb) 2.84 EG£ 2.27-4.54
Lettuce (1 head) 4.76 EG£ 2.50-7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.22 EG£ 5.00-7.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 200.00 EG£ 110.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 23.32 EG£ 12.50-30.30
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 34.53 EG£ 20.00-55.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 EG£ 38.00-43.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 EG£ 4.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 EG£ 100.00-280.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 EG£ 5.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 EG£ 3.22-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.50 EG£ 16.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 26.24 EG£ 24.61-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 450,000.00 EG£ 400,000.00-500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 388,987.18 EG£ 320,000.00-480,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 402.67 EG£ 200.00-772.73
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.19 EG£ 0.14-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 296.01 EG£ 140.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 466.23 EG£ 300.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 122.11 EG£ 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 75.00 EG£ 60.00-100.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,410.86 EG£ 1,000.00-4,166.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 48,016.13 EG£ 25,000.00-80,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 873.80 EG£ 400.00-1,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 887.31 EG£ 500.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,161.54 EG£ 1,200.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,225.51 EG£ 560.00-2,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,486.11 EG£ 2,000.00-5,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,772.30 EG£ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,128.82 EG£ 3,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,626.97 EG£ 2,000.00-6,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,069.07 EG£ 557.41-1,672.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 681.28 EG£ 371.61-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,596.05 EG£
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.96 10.00-20.00

Prices in Cairo

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Last update: July 2019
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61 Comments so far

#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?
#Mohamed on Apr 03, 2017 :
What ever the taxi driver tell you the price it's going to be doubled like he will tell $1 and it's 50cent sometimes they will take advantage of foreigners.
#Ahmed on Mar 09, 2017 :
most f this prices are old and much lower than the real life, please revise your numbers specially after floating the currency because everything has increased
#Nabil on Jan 13, 2017 :
I am moving to Cairo this summer after spending a month there last year. I'm looking to rent an apartment (1 bed/studio) in a nice part of town, most likely Maadi or Duqqi. Can anyone tell me where to find a good real estate agent as the apartments online are way overpriced. I don't want to spend more than 3500EGP a month on rent.

#Administrator on Jan 09, 2017 :
We archived the prices before the currency floating, so new fresh prices should propagate soon (as there are enough entries).
#Anonymous on Jan 08, 2017 :
Yes, prices in egypt are more higher than this, since pound floating.
#Sherif Abbas on Dec 03, 2016 :
most of these prices are bunkers now

since egypt free floated pound few weeks ago

it's totally CRAZY down here.
##Tarek on Nov 21, 2016 :
@#suzanne Sorry for the late reply, I assume you already had visited the sites, but nowadays It's better to move in Cairo with UBER or CAREEM (Arabic Uber).
Careem is better than Uber because if the driver doesn't have change he credit it to your account and you can use it in your next trip.
#suzanne on Nov 18, 2016 :
Hello can anyone please tell me how much I should pay max for a driver in cairo to take us to the sites. If they also guide us at the same time how much would that also be. Is it better to take individual taxis instead. Thanks
#Kris on Oct 06, 2016 :
I would like to come and live in Egypt for a few years. Rent a furnished 1 bedroom apt and enjoy Egypt. I want to live modest, not too flashy and not too cheap. Make my money last me a few years while I'm living in Cairo. I have about 270000 to 300000 Egyptian pounds which I will use to live. My question is how many years can I actually live and have a good life in Egypt. Maybe if I'm lucky find an Egyptian girl to marry. Any help plz reply to the email provided.
#Anonymous on Sep 15, 2016 :
I agree with #Hani Hemdan, life is difficult now in Egypt due to Economic troubles country is facing

You can
-House Rent 1500 - 2000 EGP (if you want to have a normal good location)
-I Fuel my Picanto 1100CC with 70 EGP if you have 1600cc veicle it may reach 200 EGP or more (noting that the Fuel will face an increase soon due to new governmental laws will increase the cost of Fuel )
-Food is getting more expensive(30-50 EGP for a good launch meal)
-Transportation if you will take the normal white taxi it starts counting after 3 EGP and the drivers behavior is bad and they may trick you to take more money or you can shift to UBER and CAREEM for better ride
-cars are very very expensive if you are planning to buy a car
-Electricity is getting expensive you can pay in range 150 EGP/month
-regarding Safety , I agree that Cairo is not very safe place and you should watch for your self

if you live single ,3000 - 4000 EGP will be very good. if you have a wife and children , it will be hard for all of you
#Hani Hemdan on Aug 30, 2016 :
Hi All,
Quick update as today nearly end of August 2016, prices in egypt now is dramatically changing upwards.
***Main Key now is USD to EGP currency Banks will change within 8.8x EGP for 1 USD, While black market will reach 12 EGP for 1 USD !!!
*Meals in restaurants :
low restaurants from 15 up to 30 EGP , if ur looking for cheap quick bit to survive the day.
Mcdonald: will reach 50 EGP easily for beef, chiken is a bit cheaper.
Movies in good mall Theaters: 40-50 EGP, Dbox reached 150 EGP !!
all you need to do is make sure you ride taxi is a meter working first tariff is 3 EGP and you pay as the meter end, if you want to leave a tip it's up to you, good taxi are called in egypt White Taxi, now there is Uber and Careem application for better private ride (A\C, etc) , but as for new policy they implemented in rush hour you can pay up to 1.7 normal prices and they work by application plus GPS.
Getting expensive you can reach full tank easily reaching above 200 EGP.
Getting expensive:
normal homes with no AC can reach 150-300 EGP , working AC can reach up to 1500 EGP a month now!!.
Still in normal rates for now from 50-150 EGP a month with normal usage (gas shower and cooking)
*Mobile: 100 EGP a month with no GSM\3G internet, will be fine for you in egypt with no international call.
*Internet: really bad for homes ADSL connection (shared 5-1) around 220 EGP a month for 2 MB, nice for 1 user only.

you want to live a normal life in egypt:
Single with no car and own you accommodation: i think average salary no less than 4000 EGP
married with or without babies working and sharing the costs will survive for sure if they earn both above 8000 EGP.
#Anonymous on Jul 18, 2016 :
At list in egypt there is no racism ,police they don't kill for ur ethinic group as well they don't rape old women in they own home and town,
People who they are happy to live in US good luck for them
100.000 people living in egypt can u check the daily crimes
To criticise other country the way u describe it Mr x and Y. I think u never been to egypt and the egyptian they will never welcome people like u
In other hand the expense in egypt is more more cheaper u maybe review the prices ,u can live in egypt
Rent 1500 egp
Meals 30 egp 1 course
Transport from 2/5 egp
3500 egp normal living in egyp for a family
I think Mr x. U will pay this amount in US for taxes or fines
#A.Y. on Jul 04, 2016 :
I suggested to change "Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant" from 40 to 150 EG. 40 EG is to cover only a McMeal.
#mohamed hakeem on Apr 06, 2016 :
cairo has a good weather in summer and in winter and autumn and spring . egyptian people are very welcome . they love foriegners . this is egyptian custom . i am egyptian man . it is cheap in food and others . do not hesitate to come egypt . it is very lovely . you can see the pyramids the dream sphinx . all the world must come to see this old civilization that till now never understood . also you can not understand how can the egyptian society think
#coral on Mar 30, 2016 :
Do you think i can live and be able to eat and travel a bit with 2000 pounds per month in cairo? (no rent included)
Thank you for your answer :D
#Sami on Feb 25, 2016 :
I do not advise anyone to go to egypt...not good life..people use you..they smile but at the same time they trick carefull..huge danger for women who travel alone or even with group...not tryst any man there
#Sami on Feb 25, 2016 :
I do not advise anyone to go to egypt...not good life..people use you..they smile but at the same time they trick carefull
#Dave on Feb 07, 2016 :
I thank god I live in the u s and I'll never leave it. Good luck to all trying to reside in Cairo!
#Frede on Jan 01, 2016 :
can anyone tell what is normal to pay a taxi to drive one around in cairo. This includes waiting for us or help to be our guide.
#Amgad Salama on Nov 09, 2015 :
#Amine of course you will
You're able to save 10000 LE if you wanna
It will carousing if you can not save 6000 LE Monthly
#Amine on Nov 07, 2015 :

Is 18 000 EGP monthly (with free accommodation) enough to save 6000 EGP monthly if living single?
#Kasi Srinivasan on Sep 13, 2015 :
Hai. I got a job in Egypt. it's just 60 km's away from Cairo. My salary is just 7000 EGP.they'll be providing accommodation and not food.I would like to know is it enough or not?
Can any one help me pl?
##elsie on Aug 09, 2015 :
I couldn't have said it better #Moe. You hit the nail on the head. 12,000LE / month are my expenses for a family of two living in Maadi, not including education fees. We can only dream about having 20,000 a month in wages ... maybe in our great-grandkids time! Correction: in our great-great-great-great-grandkids time!!!
#JungleK on Aug 09, 2015 :
#Kathleen. I have lived in Cairo for 25 years, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Women are harassed, veiled or unveiled, in a group or alone. I assume that #mido is male, because there is no way that Cairo is safe and secure at night (or any other time of the day) for women. If your daughter's housing is being provided for, then 7630 LE is enough for the rest of her expenses.
#Vinod on Aug 08, 2015 :

Can.some one let me know whole sale and retail price of Banana. As Egypt is importing huge qty
#Vinod on Aug 08, 2015 :

Can.some one let me know whole sale and retail price of Banana. As Egypt is importing huge qty
#Chandnee Patidar on Jul 09, 2015 :
hello, i am coming in cairo, from india for 45days intership program.i want to know whats the charges of 1 meal(including chapati, rice, 1 type of vegetable).
#Bahy on Jul 01, 2015 :
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