Whether you're living in Eritrea or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

5,500 ERN

average per month

1,400 ERN

Range

12,000 ERN

10,000 ERN

average per month

2,100 ERN

Range

16,000 ERN

16,000 ERN

average per month

4,800 ERN

Range

25,000 ERN

4,100 ERN

average per month

690 ERN

Range

8,900 ERN

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Eritrea is 5,500 ERN. Expenses can range from 1,400 ERN at the minimum level to 12,000 ERN at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Eritrea is 10,000 ERN. Expenditure can range from 2,100 ERN to 16,000 ERN per month.

The average cost of living for families in Eritrea is 16,000 ERN per month. Families spend anywhere from 4,800 ERN to 25,000 ERN.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Eritrea is 4,100 ERN. Students spend from 690 ERN to 8,900 ERN per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

1.4 ERN

1.4 ERN

1.4 ERN

combo meal

14 ERN

9.8 ERN

23 ERN

meal for one

46 ERN

36 ERN

57 ERN

meal for one

110 ERN

76 ERN

140 ERN

Soft Drink

1.1 ERN

1.1 ERN

1.1 ERN

or latte

9.2 ERN

5.7 ERN

14 ERN

large bottle

6.9 ERN

5.7 ERN

7.6 ERN

bread

0.98 ERN

0.86 ERN

1.1 ERN

eggs

6.9 ERN

5.7 ERN

8.6 ERN

chicken

16 ERN

12 ERN

20 ERN

1 kg or 1 lb

18 ERN

15 ERN

23 ERN

1 kg or 1 lb

9.8 ERN

8.6 ERN

11 ERN

1 kg or 1 lb

4.6 ERN

3.8 ERN

5.7 ERN

1 kg or 1 lb

4.9 ERN

4.3 ERN

5.3 ERN

1 kg or 1 lb

4.7 ERN

4.2 ERN

5.3 ERN

taxi ride

6.9 ERN

5.7 ERN

14 ERN

full tank

46 ERN

34 ERN

91 ERN

1-day rental

46 ERN

34 ERN

69 ERN

price

34,000 ERN

17,000 ERN

46,000 ERN

one way

1.7 ERN

1.1 ERN

3.4 ERN

Service

69 ERN

46 ERN

140 ERN

and water bill

330 ERN

82 ERN

700 ERN

and water bill

410 ERN

100 ERN

820 ERN

and water bill

660 ERN

140 ERN

740 ERN

and cable

69 ERN

34 ERN

91 ERN

charges

46 ERN

27 ERN

140 ERN

ticket

23 ERN

17 ERN

34 ERN

membership

69 ERN

55 ERN

140 ERN

or pants

57 ERN

40 ERN

86 ERN

dress

53 ERN

38 ERN

170 ERN

shoes

49 ERN

36 ERN

110 ERN

shoes

38 ERN

31 ERN

76 ERN

suit

43 ERN

34 ERN

230 ERN

t-shirt

23 ERN

17 ERN

69 ERN

apartment

860 ERN

570 ERN

2,300 ERN

apartment

1,400 ERN

860 ERN

3,400 ERN

apartment

1,700 ERN

1,100 ERN

4,600 ERN

apartment

170,000 ERN

110,000 ERN

340,000 ERN

apartment

230,000 ERN

140,000 ERN

860,000 ERN

apartment

690,000 ERN

230,000 ERN

1,400,000 ERN

Bed

860 ERN

690 ERN

1,100 ERN

Bed

690 ERN

460 ERN

860 ERN

Bed

530 ERN

400 ERN

690 ERN

Room

980 ERN

760 ERN

3,400 ERN

Table

460 ERN

340 ERN

860 ERN

or Couch

620 ERN

460 ERN

1,400 ERN

Set

690 ERN

460 ERN

1,400 ERN

or Freezer

620 ERN

400 ERN

860 ERN

Machine

760 ERN

530 ERN

1,400 ERN

or Cooker

620 ERN

490 ERN

860 ERN

Phone

690 ERN

570 ERN

980 ERN

or Computer

760 ERN

620 ERN

1,400 ERN

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Eritrea

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 490 ERN |

AVERAGE | 2,000 ERN |

HIGH | 4,200 ERN |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 82 ERN |

AVERAGE | 330 ERN |

HIGH | 700 ERN |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 110 ERN |

AVERAGE | 440 ERN |

HIGH | 930 ERN |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 220 ERN |

AVERAGE | 880 ERN |

HIGH | 1,900 ERN |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 120 ERN |

AVERAGE | 490 ERN |

HIGH | 1,000 ERN |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 69 ERN |

AVERAGE | 270 ERN |

HIGH | 580 ERN |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 27 ERN |

AVERAGE | 110 ERN |

HIGH | 230 ERN |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 250 ERN |

AVERAGE | 990 ERN |

HIGH | 2,100 ERN |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Eritrea

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 680 ERN |

AVERAGE | 3,400 ERN |

HIGH | 5,400 ERN |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 100 ERN |

AVERAGE | 410 ERN |

HIGH | 820 ERN |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 250 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,200 ERN |

HIGH | 2,000 ERN |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 290 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,400 ERN |

HIGH | 2,300 ERN |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 230 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,100 ERN |

HIGH | 1,800 ERN |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 120 ERN |

AVERAGE | 620 ERN |

HIGH | 990 ERN |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 41 ERN |

AVERAGE | 210 ERN |

HIGH | 330 ERN |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 350 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,700 ERN |

HIGH | 2,800 ERN |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Eritrea

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 1,500 ERN |

AVERAGE | 5,300 ERN |

HIGH | 7,900 ERN |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 140 ERN |

AVERAGE | 660 ERN |

HIGH | 740 ERN |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 380 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,300 ERN |

HIGH | 2,000 ERN |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 860 ERN |

AVERAGE | 3,000 ERN |

HIGH | 4,400 ERN |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 380 ERN |

AVERAGE | 1,300 ERN |

HIGH | 2,000 ERN |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 240 ERN |

AVERAGE | 820 ERN |

HIGH | 1,200 ERN |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 670 ERN |

AVERAGE | 2,300 ERN |

HIGH | 3,500 ERN |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 580 ERN |

AVERAGE | 2,000 ERN |

HIGH | 3,000 ERN |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Eritrea

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 160 ERN |

AVERAGE | 990 ERN |

HIGH | 2,100 ERN |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 27 ERN |

AVERAGE | 160 ERN |

HIGH | 360 ERN |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 48 ERN |

AVERAGE | 290 ERN |

HIGH | 620 ERN |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 140 ERN |

AVERAGE | 820 ERN |

HIGH | 1,800 ERN |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 41 ERN |

AVERAGE | 250 ERN |

HIGH | 540 ERN |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 34 ERN |

AVERAGE | 210 ERN |

HIGH | 450 ERN |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 130 ERN |

AVERAGE | 780 ERN |

HIGH | 1,700 ERN |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 100 ERN |

AVERAGE | 620 ERN |

HIGH | 1,300 ERN |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Eritrea typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 2,900 ERN with expenditure ranging from 720 ERN and 4,900 ERN. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Eritrea ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 390 ERN with 89 ERN and 660 ERN being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 200 ERN to 1,400 ERN on commuting with 820 ERN being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Eritrea is 1,500 ERN. The cost of groceries can range between 380 ERN to 2,600 ERN. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Eritrea allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 190 ERN to 1,300 ERN with 800 ERN being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 120 ERN to 810 ERN with 480 ERN being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 850 ERN per month with 220 ERN being the minimum spent amount and 1,400 ERN being the maximum.