Travel budget and cost of living in Ethiopia how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 24 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 555* (14868 ETB)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 51 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 7.5 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1313* (35154 ETB)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 71 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2132* (57078 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 2019

Cost of living: Ethiopia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Ethiopia in 2019 is 41% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Ethiopia in 2019 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.

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Local prices in Ethiopia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Ethiopia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ethiopia costs 71% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.2/person
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.1/person
($ 5.4 to $ 18)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.8/person
($ 3.2 to $ 4.8)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1 for 330ml
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 0.7/cup
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Ethiopia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ethiopia costs 61% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 29 to $ 38)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 40/night
($ 30 to $ 53)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 61/night
($ 47 to $ 77)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 73 to $ 95)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 241/night
($ 150 to $ 418)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 27/month
($ 22 to $ 30)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 69/month
($ 49 to $ 107)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 95/month
($ 70 to $ 133)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 38/month
($ 28 to $ 51)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 118/month
($ 100 to $ 145)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Ethiopia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ethiopia costs 43% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 1.6)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.7/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 11)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.7/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 8.6)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 7.4)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

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

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 13)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Ethiopia

On average, the price of transport in Ethiopia costs 46% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 11/month
($ 11 to $ 13)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.1/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.2
($ 1.9 to $ 2.3)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5

Budget for living and housing in Ethiopia

On average, the cost of housing in Ethiopia costs 41% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 71/month
($ 16 to $ 216)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 384/month
($ 216 to $ 700)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 219/month
($ 82 to $ 537)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2215/month
($ 1286 to $ 3215)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1492/month
($ 537 to $ 2090)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 17 to $ 82)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 212/month
($ 180 to $ 237)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 19212/yr
($ 19070 to $ 19283)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Ethiopia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ethiopia costs 49% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2.2 to $ 4.3)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 11 to $ 14)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Ethiopia

On average, shopping budget in Ethiopia is 24% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.1/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 5.7)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 24
($ 17 to $ 49)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 131
($ 69 to $ 216)

251% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 96
($ 54 to $ 127)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 44
($ 22 to $ 95)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

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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 21-05-2019.

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