Cost of Living in Alexandria, Egypt

A great variety of linguistic and religious cultures has been merged here in this ancient Egyptian city, the second biggest city in Egypt which is only 225 km away from Cairo.

Alexandria was a home city for one of the seven wonders of the world, the great lighthouse of Alexandria.

Naturally, this is the place that people from all over the world arrive to see.

The citizens are busy with machine building, refineries, textile, and food industry.

The favorite places to spend leisure time in Alexandria are the zoo, the opera house, and the beach.

There are numerous museums, libraries, and laboratories.



As far as Alexandria is the city of different religious and cultural views, it has a great variety of cuisines.

Although local people prefer cooking and eating at home and do it really well, there are students, tourists or guests who visit restaurants.

Besides traditional meals, you can eat American, European, French and Japanese food.



The central streets of the city can be called a huge market space.

Either you are going to the North or to the South, you can see the sellers everywhere.

The goods are not limited to clothes or shoes.

You’ll be surprised to see car tires, menswear, fruit, and vegetables neighboring at the counters.



Looking for the most convenient and fast way to get around the city?

Trams would be the best option here.

They are multi-colored so that you can guess the destination by the color of the tram.

The second place is given to mini-buses.

Taxis are not the best option because they are often too expensive and the taxi drivers often forget to get the meter running.



Monthly bills for utilities are separate for water, electricity, gas, cooling etc.

Many apartments in Alexandria are equipped with water boilers so you will only need to pay for cold water supply.

The bills for the Internet are much lower than in most European countries, although the prices are quite high in terms of Egyptian salaries.

Sports and leisure


You might wonder what kinds of sports can you do there in Alexandria.

Apart from football that is the central sports throughout Egypt, one can enjoy different ball games or water sports.

Also, you can visit a traditional fitness club where the monthly fee will cost around $19 or spend your leisure time watching some international movie at the cinema for only $3.42 per seat.

Clothing and shoes


A huge market in Alexandria can dress all and everyone there.

Still, if you need a habitual chain store, the brands like H&M, Nike and Zara are always there for you.

Buy a playful summer dress for $45, or find a pair of Levis 501 jeans for $32.79 in Alexandria.

Check the prices and don’t forget to bargain to get the best price at the market.

Rent per month


The number of apartments for rent in Alexandria is very high.

There is everything for everyone, from extra luxury sea-view villas to simple yet cozy apartments for two.

The prices differ according to the region and season of rental.

Actually, the prices are more than affordable for expats and tourists from richer countries.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Alexandria

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 2.85
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 1.85
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 0.18
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 3.00
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 0.43
Eggs (12) $ 1.11
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 0.17
Monthly Pass $ 10.44
Gasoline $ 1.32
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $ 18.41
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $ 0.01
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $ 17.00
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $ 19.76
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $ 8.09
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $ 3.42
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $ 32.79
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $ 45.21
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $ 118.87
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $ 130.12
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $ 75.96
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $ 265.42

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Alexandria?

An average person in Alexandria spends most of their money on food from the markets.

Restaurants and monthly rent take about 13% of their salary.

The item of the lowest expenditure is utilities while the leisure and sports share third place with clothing and shoes since an average Alexandria citizen spends around 7.4% of their income for these items.

In order to purchase tickets for trams, buses, aircraft, or trains, you will have to put off as much as 15.9% of your monthly Egyptian wage.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Alexandria: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Just like anywhere else in the big cities of Egypt, the salaries in Alexandria are higher than average numbers countrywide but they depend a lot on the profession and position of an employee.

The highest salaries are given to judges, while the teachers and the workers are paid very low.

Minimum wage in the city has not been much increased in the past several years.

It has now reached the sum of around $110 per month.

Mortgages are not so popular here due to low income.

Yet the loans are usually taken by foreigners and make 15% to be paid yearly for 20 years.

Average Salary$ 164.08
Minimum Wage$ 110.20
Mortgage Interest Rate15.00%

Cost of Living by City in Egypt

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Alexandria 23.92
Cairo 25.68

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