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Cost of Living in Cotonou | Benin

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$674
$1734
🛋️ Without rent
$482
$1369
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$192
$365
🍽️ Food
$299
$780
🚐 Transport
$117
$335
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$341
🏙️ Population
679k

The average cost of living in Cotonou is $674, which is in the top 31% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 6380th out of 9294 in our global list and 1st out of 4 in Benin.

The median after-tax salary is $341, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.5 months. Ranked 8457th (TOP 91%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 2nd best city to live in Benin. With an estimated population of 679k, Cotonou is the 1st largest city in Benin.

Why living in Cotonou is so expensive? Because we have a developed country lifestyle as a reference and in some least developed countries maintaining such a standard of living is hard and expensive. Thus, living costs in Cotonou for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport4 kmCadjehoun Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate24.3 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank13870IRGIB Africa University
Cost of living in Cotonou infographic

Prices in Cotonou

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$28.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$11.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.24
☕ Cappuccino
$3.47
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.84

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.81
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.1
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.15
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.31
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.43
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.12
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.73
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.57
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.45
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.71
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.72
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.02
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.95
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.2
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.32
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.81
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.34

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.31
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$27.2
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.88

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$176
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$103
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$446
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$232
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$31.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$48.3
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$42.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.91%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1104
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$566

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$41
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$9.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$34.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$50.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$77.1
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$2924