Cost of Living in Egypt

by | August 3, 2021

You need around € 1,377.72 (£ 26,614.78 EG) in Cairo to maintain the same standard of living as € 3,700.00 in Berlin (assuming you rent in these cities).

  • Consumer prices (excluding rent) are 55.94% lower in Cairo than in Berlin
  • Consumer prices including rent are 62.76% lower in Cairo than in Berlin
  • Rent prices in Cairo are 78.26% lower than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Cairo are 50.87% lower than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Cairo are 54.94% lower than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Cairo is 74.79% lower than in Berlin

Average cost of living in Cairo (from 07/2019 – 06/2020)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 4.41 2.48 – 8.27
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 22.06 13.24-41.37
Local beer, 0.5 l 1.93 1.10-5.52
Imported beer, 0.33 l 2.76 1.65-5.52
cappuccino 1.72 0.83-2.76
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 0.30 0.28-0.55
Water (0.33 l) 0.19 0.17-0.28
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 0.84 0.66-0.94
White bread (500g) 0.59 0.28-1.10
Rice (white), (1kg) 0.61 0.39-0.83
Eggs (12) 0.98 0.69-1.32
Local cheese (1kg) 3.12 1.38 – 6.62
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 4.08 1.93-4.96
Beef (1kg) 7.65 6.07-8.83
Apples (1kg) 1.33 0.83-1.65
Bananas (1kg) 0.69 0.44-1.10
Oranges (1kg) 0.46 0.28-0.83
Tomatoes (1kg) 0.35 0.22-0.55
Potatoes (1kg) 0.40 0.10-0.55
Onions (1kg) 0.35 0.22-0.55
Lettuce (1 head) 0.28 0.11-0.44
Water (1.5 l) 0.28 0.22-0.39
Bottle of wine (middle class) 10.48 4.41-16.55
Local beer (0.5 l) 1.43 1.10-2.21
Imported beer (0.33 l) 2.31 1.10-3.31

Average additional costs in Cairo (from 07/2019 – 06/2020)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 0.28 0.28-0.55
Monthly pass 11.03 8.27-24.27
Taxi base amount 0.39 0.33-0.55
Taxi 1 km 0.17 0.14-0.33
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 28.90 16.55-55.16
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.01 0.01-0.01
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 15.00 8.27-33.09
clothing Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 40.14 13.79-82.74
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 43.57 19.31-82.74
Nike sports shoes, middle class 111.08 66.19-165.47
Leather business shoes 65.40 27.58-165.47
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 26.56 13.79-60.67
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 8.06 3.86 – 11.03
a movie ticket 5.24 3.86 – 8.27
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 123.84 55.16-248.21
International primary school per year and child 3,244.82 1,654.72-5,515.72

Real estate acquisition and investments

The purchase of real estate by foreigners is subject to specific laws. The legal requirements are much less bureaucratic than in Germany, for example.

An entry in the land register is not decisive here for the transfer of ownership of a property! Traditionally, it is not ownership as such, but ownership that is transferred to a buyer. This is done by means of an irrevocable power of attorney (Arabic: “taukiel” spoken), which is officially certified at the registration office (Arabic: “shachr al akari”, sometimes also called “notary office”) and registered there.

After the seller’s signature on the power of attorney, the agent (buyer) has received all rights and obligations of the property. With this power of attorney, the buyer is then entitled to be registered as the owner in the land register (if available).

If a foreign buyer registers his property, he can acquire a maximum of 2 units with a total of 4,000 square meters. Resale is only possible after 5 years. The official costs for the registration process amount to a maximum of 2,000 Egyptian pounds, plus legal fees.

Egypt Currency

Construction and acquisition of real estate

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Average prices for renting and buying real estate

Rents for apartments are heavily dependent on the residential area and size. In Sekalla, Hurghada a studio costs around EGP 1,000 – 1,500, an apartment with 2 bedrooms EGP 1,300 – 2,000.

Average rental prices (in euros) Cairo
Furnished 2-room apartment (including energy and water
charges): 590 Unfurnished 3-room apartment (including energy and water charges): 720
Local rental prices (monthly gross rents for apartments according to
local standards): 460

The search for an apartment can be designed as follows: You look for the desired residential area and go to the doorman there. You ask them for an apartment and look at them. The contract for this type of apartment search is mostly only in Arabic. You should therefore take an Egyptian with you to translate or consult a lawyer.

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries of Cairo (from 07/2019 – 06/2020)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 194.32 110.31-330.94
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 119.84 82.74-220.63
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 392.17 248.21-827.36
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 263.27 137.59-496.42
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 749.42 551.57-1,103.14
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 413.31 275.79-717.04
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 234.17

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Emigration and living in Egypt – conclusion

Everything is much more leisurely here than in the European homeland. Much is very different because of culture and religion. You should be able to speak either English or some Egyptian Arabic. According to printerhall, it is advantageous that Egypt is relatively safe from natural disasters and that the cost of living is cheap (LHK-I 44.5).