Cost of living in Yemen

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Yemen, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in ﷼
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 Yem
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 Yem
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 Yem
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 Yem
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 Yem
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 Yem
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 Yem
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 Yem
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 Yem
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 Yem
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 Yem
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 Yem
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 Yem
1.5 kg Sugar 10 Yem
2 liter cooking oil 20 Yem
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 Yem
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 Yem
1 liter milk 8.50 Yem
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 Yem
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 Yem
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 Yem
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 Yem
House Cleaning fee per day 105 Yem
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 Yem
Original branded Electric Fans 200 Yem
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 Yem
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 Yem
Single bed Blankets 120 Yem
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 Yem
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 Yem
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 Yem
Men's haircut 40 Yem
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 Yem
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 Yem
1 month of gym subscription. 105 Yem
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 Yem
Unisex Loris perfume 30 Yem
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 Yem
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 Yem
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 Yem
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 Yem
Go carting 30mins 120 Yem
Movie House 3d cinema 30 Yem
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 Yem
Photo shoot 120 Yem
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 Yem
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 Yem
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 Yem
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 Yem
Spalding Basketball 200 Yem
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 Yem
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 Yem
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 Yem
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 Yem
1 day rent a car cost 140 Yem
Driver’s license 2300 Yem
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 Yem
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 Yem
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 Yem
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 Yem
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 Yem
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 Yem

The Arab Republic of Yemen has always attracted travelers, scientists, and students. This country is worth discovering if you want to know how it is to live in Yemen like a native. For instance, the country has many good colleges and universities where you can gain Muslim-oriented research. Private educational institutions offer Christian-related subjects and ways of teaching, although the teacher’s salary is really low in the country. We will outline briefly how much money an average Yemeni needs to cover these and the other basic expenses.


The country has some large and absolutely incredible open-air markets that you would definitely want to see. What can you expect from the local markets? Everything from a colorful poncho to a horse, since there are animal markets in some cities too. Actually, you won’t spend more than USD 30 on the market if you want to buy a little of every important commodity like meat, cheese, cereals, vegetables, fruits, and even beer and drinks.


The best choice in the country for the local people is a rental car nor simply public buses. This is also the cheapest means of transport that you can use here to get to different places in the country. Another way to tour Yemen is to take a taxi or a van. Prices are really low, for instance, for a taxi start that costs only USD 0.50 and USD 2 per mile.


Basic home comforts in Yemen cost USD 40. This sum can cover electricity bills, payments for water supply, garbage collection, cooling, and heating. Making calls in the territory of Yemen using a mobile phone cost USD 0.20 per minute (no special tariffs, plans, and discounts included).

Clothing and shoes

Depending on the season there are different clothing and shoe items that people wear in Yemen. For many months a year, you have to carry a rain jacket and warm fleece, while the other days you just have some summer dresses, a swimsuit, T-shirts, hats, and comfortable shoes. The average prices for some traditional outfits like jeans, summer dresses, and Nike shoes are relative.

Rent per month

When you rent a house in Yemen, keep in mind that many dwellings do not have some standard amenities that you are accustomed to having at home. For example, you may not find a dishwasher or a stove in the apartment. Also, you will sometimes have to buy a water heater. At the same time, the prices of the rented premises are inexpensive.

Health Care

Cost is average for consulting a doctor in a public institution that will cost about 50USD and for a private doctor can vary between USD 60 to USD 150 depending on the city. There are student medical aids that are accepted by various institutions in Yemen. It is advised to check with your offer letter on what procedures need to be followed on health insurance!