While the cost of living in Egypt is somewhat higher than that of its North African neighbours, it does compare favourably with nearby Middle Eastern destinations such as Oman and Qatar. 

Large cities like Cairo, favoured by expats, tend to attract a higher cost of living than smaller towns. In the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2023, Cairo was ranked as the 217th most expensive city out of 227 cities surveyed. This rank is a drop of more than 60 places, indicating that life in Cairo has become more affordable when compared to other locations surveyed.

Cost of accommodation in Egypt

Expats will find that accommodation prices vary according to area, and of course, the size and quality of accommodation. Living in large cities will generally push the price of rent up, while expats living in smaller towns or rural areas will find lower prices. Apartments in the city centre are also more expensive than those in outlying suburbs.

Cost of transport in Egypt

The price of petrol in Egypt is generally affordable, but can be prone to sudden spikes in cost. Public transport is attractively priced. Taxis are also affordable and the price of a trip can be negotiated with the driver, although Westerners may find it difficult to secure the same rate as locals.

Cost of food and entertainment in Egypt

Food, drink and clothing can consume as much or as little of the household expenses as an expat's lifestyle demands. Cooking at home with local ingredients, eating out locally a few times a month and avoiding budget-blowing fine dining restaurants will allow a comfortable standard of living on a reasonable budget.

Local goods are reasonably price, but imported products are costly and should be avoided if possible. Expats should explore local bazaars and markets to find inexpensive local goods.

Cost of education in Egypt

Public schools in Egypt can be attended free of charge, but many expat parents prefer to send their children to an international school. These schools tend to have high fees, so they may not be suitable for expats on a budget or those whose salary packages don't include education expenses.

Cost of living in Egypt chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Cairo in September 2022.


Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

EGP 8,811

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

EGP 5,222

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

EGP 4,429

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

EGP 2,758


Eggs (dozen)

EGP 29.27

Milk (1 litre)

EGP 19.26

Rice (1kg)

EGP 16.58

Loaf of white bread

EGP 11.92

Chicken breasts (1kg)

EGP 97.82

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

EGP 50

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

EGP 90

Coca-Cola (330ml)

EGP 6.25


EGP 42.84

Local beer (500ml)

EGP 35

Three-course meal for two at mid-range restaurant

EGP 500


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

EGP 0.19

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable average per month)

EGP 345

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

EGP 616


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

EGP 3.50

Bus/train fare in the city centre

EGP 6.50

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

EGP 9.46

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