Cost of Living in Egypt

Let us construct a budget 

Subject Single Male/Female residing in Cairo:


Rent: A two bedroom unfurnished apartment in decent yet not upper middle class apartments. Costs minimally 750 L.E, if you want to go lower then we are talking poor areas or areas that are out of the way. I know people who pay as little as 10 L.E a month rent but these apartments are under rent-control from the 60's. Ok say someone wants to live real simple and they choose a poor crowded area and the rent is indeed 350 L.E

Rent 350 L.E living in a lower class neighborhood … go to goggle earth and such area is the most crowded (you can't even make out the streets)

For neat areas in Dokki, Zamaelk, Mohandissen, Al maadi a furnished flat can cost you minimally a 3000 LE/Month. 

Electricity: The subject has:

Ceiling Fan in Bedroom and Living room
Small TV
Water Heater in bathroom

Total cost approximately 30-50 L.E a month probably lower if he decides to rig it like most poor folk do in Cairo. Let's say the average is 40 L.E

Internet connection: 50 L.E because he is sharing with his/her neighbors

Phone: Without even talking it will cost approximately 17 L.E a month just for the fees, so say the subject talks a little. Total monthly phone bill 30 L.E

Gas, Water, Garbage: I don't know how much a gas canister costs as I had central gas, but let's say all three utilities amount to 15 L.E a month.

Mobile Phone Recharge cards: Everyone including their bowab and grandmother has one and let's say the expense totals a measly 15 L.E a month

Transportation: Let's say for example the subject rides a microbus r/t but a short r/t distance on the Metro. This would total approximately 65 L.E per month (representing all business days)

The total so far is 515 L.E or about $90


Let us work on the bare minimum here and I won't even go into what is required for adults in terms of dietary portions from the basic food groups.

Breakfast Fuul + bread + tea + 1 egg = 1.25 L.E daily x 30 = 37.5 say 37 L.E

Lunch Koshari + Water = 2 L.E daily x 30 = 60 per month

Dinner 1/4 chicken + Bread + Tomato /cucumber salad = around 5 L.E whether you buy it cooked or cook it yourself. 5 X 30 = 150 L.E monthly

Food total = 247 L.E or $43 dollars a month

The Total so far is 762 L.E or about $133

This does not include any groceries for the home. Not one single newspaper, not one glass of juice, no money for any kind of medication, gum, candy, desert, etc

No fruits or vegetables and no dairy. We are adults we need dairy just like kids do for our bones. No entertainment money, no going out money, nothing on top of nothing.

Sleeping, walking & eating can be had for 758 L.E/$133 dollars a month in Egypt. Some miraculously make it on 250 L.E/$44 dollars a month.


Keep in Mind to add 10 % -20% of Inflation rate every day, we are in 2009-2010 so keep that in mind. These number are collected in 2007.

Feel free to ask any question you want to in the comment so I will come back to you to answer.


Anonymous said...

Egypt is so cheap it is unbelievable!!!
I have been looking into purchasing property here and it looks a very good investment as you are paying the egyptian prices but renting out for tourist lets which are european prices.
I think it is a very good time to invest here!!!

A british website selling property in egypt i found:

peter said...

Hi nice blog.The inhabitants of Egypt are never far from adventure for the main focus of outdoor sports here is the Great Dividing Range, which runs parallel and close to the densely populated eastern seaboard for the entire length of the state. What is procedure for Egypt Visa

Anonymous said...

I wanted to comment on the prices that were mentioned on the Origional post, I see it very far from the reality, a rental can reach 1000$ to 1500$ per month for some apartments, but for the electricity, water, garbage, landline, these prices are ok, but for the mobile, it is not less that 30L.E per month as a min, also for the food, min breakfast will cost 4L.E with the mentioned ingridents, min lunch or dinner would cost between 7 & 12L.E, so this for sure would affect the calculations.

We Love Egypt







My Thoughts about Egypt and the Egyptian life.

copyright 2008

Egypt Blog

Egypt Blog
Egypt blog

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed