How Much Does It Cost to Live In Egypt?
The country of pharaohs has so many secrets and mysteries.
The Arabic Republic of Egypt has always attracted tourists, scientists, and archaeologists.
This country is worth discovering if you want to know how it is to live in Egypt like a local.
For example, Egypt has many good schools and universities where you can gain Muslim-oriented knowledge.
Private educational establishments offer Christian-related subjects and ways of teaching, although the teacher’s salary is really low here.
We will outline briefly how much money an average Egyptian needs to cover these and other basic needs.Cost of Living Index:
Undoubtedly, everyone who visited Egypt will say that this is a country of thousands of spices, tea varieties, and fruits.
What are they beyond the border of luxury resorts and coastal storefronts?
The answer is yes, and Egyptian cuisine is full of seafood, meat, salads, and even roasted pigeons.
Despite low prices, the meals are attractive, delicious, and well-cooked.
The pyramids in Egypt are famous, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
But there is something even more remarkable than that – the great bazaars and markets of Egypt.
Go there for all the healthy foods and species in the world, because the prices, as well as the odors, are awesome indeed.
There’s a rare person still thinking that the Egyptians are still living on the shores of the Nile and navigating it.
That’s true to some extent, although the number of transports they use at present, is much larger.
Domestic and international flights, ships, taxis, and trains are used by millions of local people and tourists yearly.
When you rent a flat in Egypt, you will receive separate bills for electricity, water, and gas.
Your water will be heated with either electricity or gas and your monthly bills will be modified accordingly.
Some other unofficial services that you might get in Egypt are trash collection or cockroach liquidation, which you will have to pay occasionally.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Besides football, Egyptians like playing basketball, volleyball, and squash.
You can go fishing or do athletics, or do as many water sports as you can.
Fitness clubs and tennis courts are available to any visitor for a reasonable price of $17.10 per month (adult) and $5.70 per hour on weekends accordingly.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Chain stores in Egypt are not limited to H&M, Zara, Nike, or similar.
They also sell natural Egyptian cotton which is perfect for hot days and evenings.
The range of items in the stores is similar to many other countries just a little cheaper.
Lots of shirts, T-shirts, jackets, and blouses for men and women can always be found there.
RENT PER MONTH
We have already discussed the monthly bills, and now it is time to talk about rental prices.
One-bedroom apartments in the center of big cities in Egypt will cost about $125.96.
At the same time, similar accommodation far from downtown will be only $77.68 and you can save a little if you don’t need to spend much on transportation.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Egypt*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$3.02|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$1.24|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.13||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.66|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.39|
|Eggs (12)||$1.09||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.17|
|Gasoline||$0.31||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$23.02|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.01|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$11.39||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$17.10|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$5.70|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$3.35||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$24.82|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$28.89|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$72.69||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$125.96|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$77.68|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$256.49|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Egypt?
An average Egyptian will rather go to the market to cook from the bought products at home and invite guests than eat out in a restaurant or bar.
At least, they spend most of their money on the markets.
Transportation and monthly rent are the second and third most expensive spending patterns.
Still, people are ready to give 15.2% of their income to restaurants, so the weekends and holidays are probably spent outside the house.
The least money is spent on utilities and you can really thank the Egyptian climate for this.
Average Costs Breakdown
Egypt: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The salaries and pensions in Egypt are quite low.
Many older people need help from their children to buy all the necessary things, clothes, shoes, or home equipment.
The average salary in Egyptian cities is $142.04 but it differs from one region to another.
The lowest salaries are for teachers and workers without any qualifications.
Egypt has the lowest minimum wage and what you see below is actually applicable to large cities and official salaries for job positions in banks, large enterprises, and so on.
Egypt Safety Overview
READ THE FULL REPORT: Egypt Safety ReviewSafety Index:
- OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM
- TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
- PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
- NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
- MUGGING RISK: MEDIUM
- TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
- SCAMS RISK: HIGH
- WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: HIGH
Cost of Living by City in Egypt
|City||Cost of Living Index|