Cost of living in Ghana

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

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

The cost of living in Ghana is about 49% lower than in the United States of America. It is about 27.71% lower than in Zimbabwe, meaning it is quite affordable


Students can compare their accommodation options and d choose the best and more affordable one for them. There is a range of accommodation options for example Residence Halls and Hostels, Shared rooms which can cost about $1000 for the whole year.

Single rooms or private apartments which have a single bed, A desk and a chair, a wardrobe or closet, Wi-Fi access and bathroom and can cost up to $2500 per year and Homestays which are cheaper and provide a family and close-knit environment.

Apartments in the city centre can cost up to about GHS 4000 and a minimum of GHS 837 outside the city centre.

Shopping and Groceries

There are several malls and close to shops where students can obtain their clothing, grocery, appliances, and day to day requirements in Ghana. Some of them include:

  • Accra Mall
  • Achimota Retail Mall
  • Kumasi City Mall
  • Junction Mall

A Basic grocery list containing Milk, Fresh Bread, White Rice (1kg), Eggs dozen, Beef, Tomato (1kg), Potato (1kg), and Onion (1kg) would cost about GHS 100.

Transport –There are different modes of transport in Ghana like rail transport, buses, rental cars, and tro-tros which are informal minibus taxes.

Bus fare cost between GHS 14 and GHS 24 depending on the bus you choose. Bus companies include Kingdom transport services, Metro bus, Ghana Private Transport Union, City Express, and State Transport Company. Buses are fast and safe and more comfortable but remember that they may charge extra for luggage but the price is still relatively reasonable.

Taxis are one of the most efficient ways of traveling in Ghana especially in the city. You can get a taxi almost anywhere. Taxi fare can range between GHS 2 to GHS 20 depending on the distances traveled. If it’s within the city limits the fare will be around GHS 2 to GHS6. Some of the taxis are metered and have a specific price but most are not metered and it’s easy to negotiate the price. Most taxis are shared taxis and students will share with other passengers.

Tro-tros are privately owned and informal minibusses. There is usually no time table for tro-tros and they can leave as soon as they are filed up. Tro-tros fare is usually very low as it is gazetted by the government. Though not so comfortable, most people prefer them for short distances.       

Bills and Utilities: Basic utilities like water, electricity, heating, and gas cost about GHS 441.50 per month and Prepaid voice calls 1 min. cost a low GHS 0.26 per minute.

Note: prices are subjective, depending on the service providers, location, discount deals, and the season.

Prices for a few selected products and services are as follows.

Product/ Service                                        Price GHS

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant                               25 

1 Litre Milk                                                             42.28

Loaf of White Bread                                               5.52

White Rice (1kg)                                                    4.98

Eggs dozen                                                            11.28

Beef (1kg)                                                               11.84

Tomato (1kg)                                                           17.24

Potato (1kg)                                                             5.92

Onion (1kg)                                                              4.58


Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)                                           8.05

Monthly pass                                                             200

Utilities (Monthly)     

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local                        0.26

Internet (60 Mbps, Unlimited Data, ADSL)              312.59

Basic (electricity, heating, water, etc.)                     441.50                        

Sports and Leisure               

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee                                       311.11

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)                 42.50

Cinema 1 seat                                                          42.50

Rentals per Month               

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre                      4047.15

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre                837.50