Travel budget in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: calculate your travel budget

Ethiopia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Ethiopia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 23 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 510* (19138 ETB)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 56 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1347* (50554 ETB)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 79 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2219* (83258 ETB)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Ethiopia in 2020

Cost of living: Ethiopia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Ethiopia in 2020 is 45% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Ethiopia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Ethiopia compared to the national average.

Cities /Ethiopia View Details
Addis Abeba 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Addis Abeba

Local prices in Ethiopia by expense type

Ethiopia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ethiopia costs 71% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3/person
($ 1.6 to $ 5)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 6.1 to $ 16)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.5/person
($ 3 to $ 4.1)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.2 for 330ml
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 0.7/cup
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Ethiopia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ethiopia costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 27/night
($ 26 to $ 28)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 30 to $ 55)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 71/night
($ 55 to $ 90)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 90/night
($ 81 to $ 102)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 248/night
($ 147 to $ 425)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 24/month
($ 22 to $ 26)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 51 to $ 115)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 103/month
($ 75 to $ 141)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 60/month
($ 53 to $ 71)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 193/month
($ 153 to $ 263)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Ethiopia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ethiopia costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.4/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 21)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.4/kg
($ 3 to $ 10)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.6/kg
($ 2 to $ 5.6)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.6/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 13)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Ethiopia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Ethiopia costs 48% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 12/month
($ 9.1 to $ 15)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.9)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2
($ 1.7 to $ 3)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3

Ethiopia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Ethiopia costs 47% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 140/month
($ 18 to $ 253)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 357/month
($ 202 to $ 806)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1361
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 168/month
($ 91 to $ 253)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1093
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1450/month
($ 1008 to $ 2114)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2181
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 486/month
($ 303 to $ 1008)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1733
Gym
Gym
$ 38/month
($ 16 to $ 71)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 130/month
($ 97 to $ 202)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 950
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 20290/yr
($ 15097 to $ 30193)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16351

Ethiopia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ethiopia costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2 to $ 6.1)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 11 to $ 32)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Ethiopia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Ethiopia costs 12% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.9/pack
($ 2 to $ 5.5)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 20 to $ 41)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 67
($ 27 to $ 130)

84% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36
Trainers
Trainers
$ 85
($ 41 to $ 143)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 49
($ 21 to $ 102)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

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About the information on the cost of living in Ethiopia

The information about the cost of living in Ethiopia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Ethiopia updated on 24-11-2020.

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