Addis Ababa vs Lilongwe - Cost of Living Comparison

Addis Ababa Lilongwe
🚶 Cost of living one person
$752
$680
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2234
$1840
🏠 One person rent
$395
$323
🏘️ Family rent
$1132
$756
🍽️ Food expenses
$252
$212
🚐 Transport expenses
$51.5
$83.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$217
$288
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
9 km
22 km
🎓 Higher education
30
12
😀 Quality of life
42
40
🏙️ Population
3.04M
989K

The cost of living in Addis Ababa is 11% more expensive than in Lilongwe. Cities ranked 6376th and 6946th ($752 vs $680) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 1st in Ethiopia and Malawi, respectively. Check Ethiopia vs Malawi comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.3 months in Addis Ababa compared to 0.4 months in Lilongwe. Addis Ababa ranked 1st best city to live in Ethiopia vs Lilongwe ranked 1st in Malawi, while ranked 6810th and 7145th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Addis Ababa vs Lilongwe

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Addis Ababa Lilongwe
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.66
$3.37
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$29.9
$29
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.97
$4.82
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.72
$0.78
 Cappuccino
$0.73
$2.61
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.63
$0.8
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$443
$313
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$223
$146
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1780
$625
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$740
$588
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$103
$32.4
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$158
$49.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$26.1
$111
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
16.22%
20.18%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1497
$10388
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$997
$577
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.35
$0.48
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$11
$44.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.52
$7.88
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.78
$1.16
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$0.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.57
$0.65
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.99
$0.81
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.09
$1.56
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.71
$14
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.96
$2.34
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.94
$3.34
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.22
$2.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.88
$1.33
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$2.33
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.69
$1.57
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.44
$1.75
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.62
$1.75
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.24
$0.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.04
$0.94
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.11
$6.24
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.98
$0.83
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.03
$2.91
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.74
$2.79
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.89
$0.96
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.37
$0.84
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.46
$0.45
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$61.4
$35.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.99
$4.21
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$11
$19.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.24
$2.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$26.9
$41.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$56
$69.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$74.1
$230
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13660
$6174

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Cities near Addis Ababa

Distance City Cost of living
222 km or 138 mi Awasa
$609
254 km or 158 mi Dessie
$570
258 km or 161 mi Jimma
$569
320 km or 199 mi Bahir Dar
$575
349 km or 217 mi Dire Dawa
$491
374 km or 232 mi Harar
$476
421 km or 261 mi Gondar
$598
447 km or 278 mi Jijiga
$554
460 km or 286 mi Dikhil
$519
495 km or 308 mi Ali Sabieh
$521
498 km or 309 mi Borama
$618
502 km or 312 mi Mekelle
$578
561 km or 348 mi Djibouti City
$548
568 km or 353 mi Ad-Damazin
$574
587 km or 365 mi Hargeisa
$801
595 km or 370 mi Obock
$520
651 km or 405 mi Mendefera
$485
666 km or 414 mi El-Gadarif
$588
701 km or 436 mi Asmara
$522
735 km or 457 mi Massawa
$487
752 km or 467 mi Keren
$488
758 km or 471 mi Kassala
$598
761 km or 473 mi Zabid
$488
767 km or 476 mi Taiz
$512
780 km or 485 mi Malakal
$495
789 km or 490 mi Al Hudaydah
$511
805 km or 500 mi Aden
$508
806 km or 501 mi Kosti
$598
807 km or 502 mi Ibb
$502
851 km or 529 mi Bor
$507
853 km or 530 mi Baidoa
$603
870 km or 541 mi Dhamar
$492
914 km or 568 mi Sayyan
$487
914 km or 568 mi Juba
$515
920 km or 572 mi Sanaa
$553
989 km or 615 mi Khartoum North
$614
995 km or 618 mi Khartoum
$759
995 km or 618 mi Gulu
$455
1005 km or 625 mi Meru
$412
1006 km or 625 mi Omdurman
$570

Cities near Lilongwe

Distance City Cost of living
123 km or 76 mi Monkey Bay
$594
134 km or 83 mi Ntcheu
$585
169 km or 105 mi Mangochi
$587
228 km or 142 mi Zomba
$594
233 km or 145 mi Mzimba
$585
240 km or 149 mi Blantyre
$520
243 km or 151 mi Tete
$995
283 km or 176 mi Mzuzu
$583
293 km or 182 mi Mulanje
$593
506 km or 314 mi Kasama
$1083
518 km or 322 mi Harare
$951
524 km or 326 mi Marondera
$751
533 km or 331 mi Chitungwiza
$826
536 km or 333 mi Chinhoyi
$787
545 km or 339 mi Quelimane
$1023
550 km or 342 mi Kapiri Mposhi
$1129
566 km or 352 mi Mbeya
$649
567 km or 353 mi Mutare
$801
568 km or 353 mi Ndola
$1176
572 km or 355 mi Chimoio
$1032
603 km or 375 mi Nampula
$1042
613 km or 381 mi Lusaka
$725
616 km or 383 mi Mansa
$1076
616 km or 383 mi Kitwe
$1144
618 km or 384 mi Mufulira
$1473
637 km or 396 mi Kadoma
$692
660 km or 410 mi Chingola
$1044
660 km or 410 mi Beira
$985
682 km or 424 mi Kwekwe
$677
732 km or 455 mi Lubumbashi
$1052
740 km or 460 mi Pemba
$1170
741 km or 460 mi Gweru
$787
744 km or 462 mi Nacala
$1030
746 km or 464 mi Masvingo
$785
795 km or 494 mi Choma
$1111
835 km or 519 mi Likasi
$998
883 km or 549 mi Bulawayo
$709
886 km or 551 mi Dodoma
$643
902 km or 560 mi Morogoro
$687
949 km or 590 mi Livingstone
$1080