Cost of Living in Mekelle | Ethiopia

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$512
$1623
🛋️ Without rent
$299
$1012
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$212
$611
🍽️ Food
$212
$555
🚐 Transport
$35.4
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$172
🏙️ Population
324k

The average cost of living in Mekelle is $512, which is in the top 18% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 7596th out of 9294 in our global list and 4th out of 10 in Ethiopia.

The median after-tax salary is $172, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.3 months. Ranked 8970th (TOP 97%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 4th best city to live in Ethiopia. With an estimated population of 324k, Mekelle is the 3rd largest city in Ethiopia.

Why living in Mekelle costs 3 times more than the average salary? 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 Mekelle for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport7 kmMekele Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate22 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank7214Mekelle University
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Prices in Mekelle

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.49
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$16.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.81
☕ Cappuccino
$0.59
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.45

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$197
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$102
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$994
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$379
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$32.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$50.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$58.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
16.55%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1073
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$454

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.32
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$11.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.27
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.75

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.5
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.6
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.21
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.85
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.92
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.04
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.61
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.8
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.39
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.68
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.96
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.66
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.36
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.69
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.82
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.69

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$37.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.63
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$14.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.22
👖 Brand Jeans
$24.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$75.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$113
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16633