Cost of Living in Cairo

Summary about cost of living in Cairo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.40 $ 2.27-4.82
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 17.00 $ 11.33-22.67
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.68 $ 2.83-4.53
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.42 $ 1.13-1.98
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.27 $ 1.42-3.40
Cappuccino (regular) 1.52 $ 1.02-1.98
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.28 $ 0.23-0.34
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.17 $ 0.14-0.28
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.79 $ 2.36-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.26-0.62
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.26 $ 0.21-0.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.03 $ 0.79-1.36
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1.12 $ 0.64-1.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.80 $ 1.29-2.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.55 $ 2.96-4.11
Apples (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.39-0.77
Banana (1 lb) 0.26 $ 0.21-0.39
Oranges (1 lb) 0.18 $ 0.13-0.26
Tomato (1 lb) 0.16 $ 0.10-0.26
Potato (1 lb) 0.15 $ 0.10-0.26
Onion (1 lb) 0.16 $ 0.10-0.26
Lettuce (1 head) 0.24 $ 0.11-0.34
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.25 $ 0.20-0.34
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.23 $ 4.53-9.63
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.02 $ 0.74-1.42
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.74 $ 1.13-2.27
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1.90 $ 1.70-1.98
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.11 $ 0.11-0.17
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 4.67 $ 3.40-5.67
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.28 $ 0.23-0.28
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.18 $ 0.15-0.27
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1.13 $ 0.85-1.70
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.07 $ 0.75-1.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,498.64 $ 20,398.91-30,031.73
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,856.37 $ 16,999.09-26,631.91
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 20.11 $ 11.33-34.00
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) 19.92 $ 9.07-34.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 23.06 $ 14.17-37.78
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8.11 $ 2.83-17.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.40 $ 2.83-4.25
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 128.11 $ 56.66-226.65
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,423.20 $ 1,416.59-3,399.82
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.29 $ 22.67-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.69 $ 22.67-56.66
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 92.15 $ 56.66-141.66
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 60.36 $ 28.33-113.33
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 169.91 $ 113.33-226.65
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 91.59 $ 56.66-169.99
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 352.67 $ 254.99-566.64
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 178.09 $ 113.33-283.32
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 51.10 $ 31.59-78.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 28.66 $ 15.79-42.11
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 174.66 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 15.32 0.57-1.13

Prices in Cairo

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Last update: February 2018
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65 Comments so far

#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 :
Anyone need inquiry about Cairo just email me @
best regards
#Kathleen on May 29, 2015 :
My daughter, a 23 year old just received an offer to teach at a school in Cairo. She is being offered 7630 egyption pounds per month and will be provided housing. This salary is to support her utilities and food expenses, etc. My concerns are safety and if the above salary will support her financial needs.

Concerned mom :)
#AK on May 20, 2015 :
I have an internship in Cairo. It's not a proper job, just a 6 month internship and they paying me 400 USD. I read the tables and the comments and it seems 400 is enough. But in comparison to the average salaries there where does the figure 400 USD stand?
#Bokra Fin Mish Mish on Mar 08, 2015 :
It's pretty safe if you are a man here. If you are a woman you will get harrased constantly, veiled or not. Thomson Reuters Foundation listed it as the worse Arab country to live in for women at the end of 2013.

Cairo's rent prices are pretty fair, however Cairo is a big and diverse city. You will pay lots more to live in leafy part of Maadi (I pay 5000LE for a 3 Bed 2 balconied apartment) than a 1 bed several floors up in Dokki. It's very easy to get a place with a fantastic view of The Nile.
#DonaldW on Feb 10, 2015 :
1$ is 7.63 egyptian pounds guys n gals so think about this! If you stay an American citizen and keep an American residence your cost of living would be divided by 7.63! Making it much less than your home in the states!!!
#mido on Jan 14, 2015 :
cairo is more safe than europe you can walk in streets at night and day very safe and very secure
#Karimatu suleiman on Dec 23, 2014 :
I want to live in cairo eypgt,what procedure will,follow,and what amount of money will pay in naira
#somnath on Oct 28, 2014 :
Hi, I got a job offer in New Cairo. Probably I will join in December 2014. I want to bring my wife And my 4 year old son. How safe New Cairo or Egypt to bring family over here.
#gogi on Aug 21, 2014 :
Sisi said,"And tomorrow you'll see Egypt." Here you see it. Wonderful...
#Indian on Aug 20, 2014 :
What is average salary (with accommodation & without accommodation)in Cairo for Process Engineer having 10 year experience
How is life style
#mido on Jul 30, 2014 :
the average salaries is more lower than 2000 and unemployment is very high but if you have 2000-4000 l.e is enough for one month
#Ahmed on Jul 26, 2014 :
I live in a town 60 km from cairo . I pay for rent and utilities about 1000 pounds per month
it rang from 1000 to 2000 for rent and utilities
and you need about another 1000:2000 for living
total from 2000 to 4000 LE per month will be fine
I live with my wife and a baby
#Anonymous on Jun 08, 2014 :
i can help foreigners actually email me am living here 24 years ago
#Moe on Apr 06, 2014 :
That explains why we had a revolution but seems things are getting worse day after day with whopping inflation, power outages, strikes and demonstrations everywhere. As much as I love Cairo but I feel terribly sad to say this truth :-(

Me, my wife and two kids are just living on the mere edge medium level and monthly expenses are around 8,000 LE and the total annual expenses divided by 12 months are not less than 12,000 LE excluding schools. Cairo is within the top 10 crowded, polluted with relatively high level of crimes and for anyone who would consider moving here must be very well compensated by all means not less than 20,000 LE (2,900 US$). I find the numbers here meaningless and makes me suspicious about the accuracy for other cities.
#Mike on Mar 26, 2014 :
This is crazy !!! from the prices shown here , to live a lower Middle class life for a family of 4 to live in Cairo and pay rent , pay for your food, trasportation , clothing , pay their electrical nill and internet , ..etc they need to earn at least 14,000 LE but yet avrage wages are just over 2000 L.E ????!!! how on earth are most people living there ??
#wendy on Mar 13, 2014 :
hello everyone does anyone can tell me any good broker .. im trying to find a room ( no flat) just a room in new cairo... im arriving on may... and its urgent to find one... or could be a flat shared... actually im searching for the less expensive ones...
tnx in advanced in anyone can help me
#Moe on Feb 01, 2014 :
I find these numbers with a high level of variation in some elements, I highly advice people moving to Cairo to reconsider the numbers more towards the high end due to insane inflation currently exceeding 20%.