Cost of Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2018

Cost of Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is the largest city and also capital city of Ethiopia. It is sometimes referred to as the city of Africa due to; being the home of African Union, the presence of important United Nation branches, and almost every foreign ambassador from all around the world has been represented.

Addis Ababa is one of the most affordable places in Africa for tourists to visit. Hotel rooms are nice and affordable. They mostly range from 10-30 US dollars. The restaurants too are affordable. You can eat in some of the most luxurious hotels In Addis Ababa with about 180 ETB.

Compared to some African cities, Addis Ababa is a safe city to visit. The eastern part of Ethiopia is the only unsafe part of Ethiopia that you should avoid during your trip to the country.

Ethiopia will keep you occupied with an array of fun activities. Are you planning to visit Addis Ababa? Here is a list of the most popular tourist destinations:

  • Addis Mercato. If you decide not to see the crowded bit of Addis Mercato, you will notice that the place is highly entertaining and full of life. Addis Mercato is Africa’slargest open-air market. Visiting this market will get you everything from food to clothes to souvenirs. However, you do not have to visit the market only to buy; have fun watching the large crowd of people in the market. Just like every other busy place in the world, you have to take care of your belongings. Only carry what you need. Do not be fooled by the patrolling police or guards; there are pickpockets in this market.
  • St George’s Cathedral and Museum. St Georges is the most known icon and also most known place of worship in Addis Ababa. Its compound is located on top of a hill search that it overlooks the Menelik II square. Just next to the Cathedral, you will see a museum which is perfect for a stroll. In the museum, you will find ancient clothing, religious writings, and Ethiopian crosses. There is also an ancient church memorabilia. Inside this church is paintings portraying the Bible and the Ethiopian history. The museum charges 50 ETB per person. Entering the church has no price; however, they will expect you to tip them at least 100 ETB to be allowed to enter especially if it is not service hours.
  • The Meskel Square and Museums. Most events that require gathering of people happen at the Meskel square. Festivals and political events are held here. Meskel Square also serves as the reference point for both local transportation and getting into the city. The Meskel Square is not much of a tourist destination if there is noevent taking place. However, adjacent to it are two museums. Opposite the Meskel Square is an Ethiopian tourism office. If interested in knowing about the Ethiopian “Red Terror,” then you should visit the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial. They freely show and explain the innocent suffering of Ethiopians in 1978.
  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral. Holy Trinity is the most sacred orthodox church in Ethiopia.It is also considered to be the most holy place of worship after the churches of Lalibela. Visiting the cathedral will give you a different feeling. It is surrounded by weeping pine trees, statues, and carvings. The tomb of the famous Emperor Haile Selassie is behind the gates that are at the front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.There is also another museum at the back of the cathedral.

    Country: Ethiopia

    Last updated: November 2018

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    Estimated budget for 1 person$ETB
    A loaf of bread (400 g)*27 pieces, Potato (1 kg)*8.4 kg, White rice (1 kg)*5 kg, Onion (1 kg)*2.5 kg, Salad (1 kg)*2.5 kg, Tomatoes (1 kg)*5 kg, Apples (kg)*3 kg, Bananas (kg)*3 kg, Orange (1 kg)*2 kg, Beef (1 kg)*4, Pork (1 kg)*2.5, Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg)*6 kg, Milk (1 l)*20 l, Local cheese (1 kg)*2 kg, Eggs (12) *4 pieces, Mineral water (1.5 l)*30 l
    239.06$ 6735.52 ETB
    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre*1, Internet (60 Mbps)*1
    495.00$ 13946.63 ETB
    Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant)*4, Cappuccino (regular)*12, Coke/Pepsi (330 ml bottle)*10, Big Mac meal*4, Bottle of beer (local, 0,5 l)*5, Wine (700 ml)*1
    68.25$ 1922.94 ETB
    Public transport (Monthly pass)*1, Taxi Start*5, Taxi (1 km)*20
    50.00$ 1408.75 ETB
    Personal care
    Tube of toothpaste*1, Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)*1, Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)*1, Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)*0.3, Visit to private doctor*0.4
    18.89$ 532.23 ETB
    1 ticket to the movie*3, 1 ticket to the theatre*1, Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult*1, 1 cocktail drink in downtown club*3
    128.80$ 3628.94 ETB
    For 1 day, cheap varriant, per day$ETB
    Hostel (for 1 person)*1 11.00$ 309.93 ETB
    A loaf of bread (400 g)*1, Local cheese (1 kg)*0.1, Milk (1 l)*1, Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg)*0.3, Apples (kg)*0.3, Bananas (kg)*0.3, Orange (1 kg)*0.3, Potato (1 kg)*0.5, Eggs (12) *0.4 8.28$ 233.29 ETB
    Public transport (1 way ticket)*4 1.00$ 28.18 ETB
    For 1 day, mid-range varriant, per day$ETB
    Budget hotel, 2-3 stars (Room/Night)*1 36.00$ 1014.30 ETB
    Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant)*3 12.00$ 338.10 ETB
    Public transport (1 way ticket)*6 1.50$ 42.26 ETB
    Food prices$ETB
    A loaf of bread (400 g) 0.96$ 27.05 ETB
    Milk (1 l) 1.05$ 29.58 ETB
    Eggs (12) 1.60$ 45.08 ETB
    Local cheese (1 kg) 11.80$ 332.47 ETB
    Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg) 6.90$ 194.41 ETB
    White rice (1 kg) 1.96$ 55.22 ETB
    Onion (1 kg) 1.00$ 28.18 ETB
    Salad (1 kg) 1.05$ 29.58 ETB
    Potato (1 kg) 0.74$ 20.85 ETB
    Tomatoes (1 kg) 0.90$ 25.36 ETB
    Bananas (kg) 0.90$ 25.36 ETB
    Apples (kg) 4.70$ 132.42 ETB
    Orange (1 kg) 1.10$ 30.99 ETB
    Beef (1 kg) 7.60$ 214.13 ETB
    Pork (1 kg) 7.00$ 197.23 ETB
    Mineral water (1.5 l) 0.94$ 26.48 ETB
    Meal for 1 person (Budget Restaurant) 4.00$ 112.70 ETB
    Meal for 1 person (Mid-range Restaurant) 9.00$ 253.58 ETB
    Cappuccino (regular) 0.90$ 25.36 ETB
    Coke/Pepsi (330 ml bottle) 0.64$ 18.03 ETB
    Water (330 ml bottle) 0.50$ 14.09 ETB
    Big Mac meal 5.70$ 160.60 ETB
    Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 19.00$ 535.33 ETB
    Bottle of beer (local, 0,5 l) 0.97$ 27.33 ETB
    Imported beer (0,33 l) 1.05$ 29.58 ETB
    Wine (700 ml) 7.40$ 208.50 ETB
    Vodka, rum, brandy 9.00$ 253.58 ETB
    Pack of cigarettes 2.00$ 56.35 ETB
    Hotels and hostels$ETB
    Hostel (for 1 person) 11.00$ 309.93 ETB
    Budget hotel, 2-3 stars (Room/Night) 36.00$ 1014.30 ETB
    Mid-Range Hotel, 4 stars (Room/Night) 59.00$ 1662.33 ETB
    Luxury Hotel, 5 stars (Room/Night) 126.00$ 3550.05 ETB
    Apartments for rent$ETB
    Apartment (1 bedroom) in Downtown 450.00$ 12678.75 ETB
    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 285.00$ 8029.88 ETB
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in Downtown 2250.00$ 63393.75 ETB
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1290.00$ 36345.75 ETB
    Internet (60 Mbps) 210.00$ 5916.75 ETB
    Public transport (1 way ticket) 0.25$ 7.04 ETB
    Public transport (Monthly pass) 10.00$ 281.75 ETB
    Taxi Start 2.00$ 56.35 ETB
    Taxi (1 km) 1.50$ 42.26 ETB
    Taxi (1 hour Waiting) 9.00$ 253.58 ETB
    Petrol (gas) 0.96$ 27.05 ETB
    Personal care$ETB
    Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3.30$ 92.98 ETB
    1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6.00$ 169.05 ETB
    1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) 3.50$ 98.61 ETB
    Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4.20$ 118.34 ETB
    Tube of toothpaste 2.00$ 56.35 ETB
    Visit to private doctor 20.00$ 563.50 ETB
    Standard men’s haircut in expat area 4.50$ 126.79 ETB
    Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3.70$ 104.25 ETB
    1 ticket to the movie 4.00$ 112.70 ETB
    1 ticket to the theatre 24.00$ 676.20 ETB
    Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.00$ 309.93 ETB
    Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.00$ 2225.83 ETB
    1 cocktail drink in downtown club 4.60$ 129.61 ETB
    Other prices$ETB
    1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 26.00$ 732.55 ETB
    1 Summer Dress (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.00$ 1155.18 ETB
    1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.00$ 2254.00 ETB
    1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 76.00$ 2141.30 ETB
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