Cost of Living in Asmara

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$545
$1320
🛋️ Without rent
$306
$890
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$239
$430
🍽️ Food
$199
$519
🚐 Transport
$52.5
$145
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$288
😀 Quality of life
12
🏙️ Population
963K

The average cost of living in Asmara is $545, which is in the top 17% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 7693rd out of 9294 in our global list and 1st out of 4 in Eritrea.

The median after-tax salary is $288, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.5 months. Ranked 9077th (TOP 98%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 1st best city to live in Eritrea. With an estimated population of 963K, Asmara is the 1st largest city in Eritrea.

Why living in Asmara 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 Asmara for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport5 kmAsmara International Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate20.4 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank11355Eritrea Institute of Technology
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Prices in Asmara

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.18
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$16.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.69
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.81
 Cappuccino
$1.64
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.6
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$232
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$144
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$473
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$297
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$39.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$60.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.94%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1100
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$741
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.37
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$17.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.75
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.9
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.31
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.33
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.12
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.25
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.45
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.41
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.62
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.43
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.18
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.57
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.27
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$22.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.16
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$18.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.86
👖 Brand Jeans
$31.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$63.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$87.8
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3066

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