Cost of living in Khartoum,
considered one of the cheapest cities in the world
beside it is one of the most cities in the world in terms of
safety and crime rate.
Below are some sites that show
you the level of cost of living in Khartoum also find a version the
British Council in April 2011 for teachers whom are intend to come to
teach in Khartoum.
SDG to USD
Expat Blog - Cost of Living In Sudan - Khartoum
Cost of living in Khartoum - Prices in Khartoum
Khartoum is 37% cheaper than Singapore :
Compare Cost Living
Moving to Khartoum
Khartoum Forum: Cost of Living in Khartoum
Issued by The British Council Khartoum in April 2011 for the teachers
whom are intend to come to teach in Khartoum.
Sudan is Africa’s biggest country covering around 2.5m km2. Population
is 39m with around 5m in Greater Khartoum. Oil is contributing to high
rates of economic growth, with around 500,000 barrels pumped per day.
Economic growth over the last 5 years averaged around 6.5% with per
capita GNP currently at around $1450. The government is pursuing a
policy of investing in infrastructure with a view to increasing
especially agricultural potential. In 2009 lower oil prices, the global
recession, continued US sanctions and the indictment of President Omer
Beshir by the International Criminal Court are likely to dampen economic
growth to around 4.5%.
Sudan has had little peace since independence from the Anglo-Egyptian
condominium in 1956. The latest Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
signed in 2005 brought a fragile peace and power sharing between the
north’s ruling National Congress Party and south’s Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement and set out a roadmap for decentralisation leading
to possible independence for Southern Sudan following a referendum on
the issue in 2011.
A peace agreement with the eastern tribes holds and the adverse security
situation in Darfur seems to be abating although with no peace agreement
in sight and with appalling conditions experienced by those displaced.
Despite the politics and the poor international media image, Sudan is
one of the most friendly countries to work in in the world. Strangers
become friends very quickly, hospitality invariably offered with no
strings attached, simply out of generosity’s sake.
Over the next few years significant history will be in the making for
Sudan as a nation, an exciting time to be here.
Although there are parts of Sudan which are still insecure Khartoum is
one of the safest cities in the world, with very low crime rates and
where personal safety levels are generally very high. Women can
generally walk at night without being harassed, a key litmus test in any
Khartoum is actually 3 cities (Khartoum, between the Blue and the White
Niles; Omdurman on the West bank of the White Nile; and Bahri, north of
the Blue Nile). A romantic setting and the confluence of the Blue and
White Niles, the 3 cities each have their own character. The city has
become much more cosmopolitan over the past few years with a young and
more internationally minded middle class emerging which is keen to
participate in international youth culture through technology and/or
travel. People are overwhelmingly welcoming with a culture of
hospitality rooted in their religious beliefs.
With an overwhelming desire to learn or practise English, many Sudanese
are particularly friendly towards expatriates and are keen to show that
the real Sudan is not what the media make of it. There are a few western
style café and lots of takeaway joints and a growing number of
restaurants in the affluent parts of the city. You also realise that
there is much, much more to this culture, a melting pot between Arabia
The climate in northern Sudan is very hot and during the summer
(April-November) reaching over 40 C and occasionally over 50 C at
midday. Rain falls about four or five times a year, usually during the
summer and floods have been known in Khartoum in August. Except for the
period May-September (when the humidity increases) the air is very dry.
Khartoum is always dusty and there are occasionally dust storms (Haboobs),
which at their worst are like a thick brown fog. The dust can make
wearing contact lenses difficult (although many people do wear them all
the time). The winter months are very pleasant and make it a good time
to explore this vast and fascinating country.
In the south the wet season (roughly from May to November) is a major
determinant of activity: the lack of infrastructure makes it
exceptionally difficult to move around in the south during this time.
The temperatures are generally not as high as in the north but in most
parts of the south humidity is much higher, making the atmosphere
General living costs & conditions
Khartoum is quite an expensive place to live with food prices (depending
on how local you want to be) being a bit higher than in the UK. Prices
of fresh food however are seasonal. Fuel is cheaper than bottled water
at about 25p per litre so running a car is generally quite cheap.
Restaurants are generally a little cheaper than in the UK, public
transport much cheaper.
Sudan is a cash economy and credit and debit cards cannot be used due to
the economic sanctions placed on Sudan by the US.
What Sudan lacks in infrastructure is generally made up for by the
friendliness of the Sudanese people.
A permit may be required to travel outside Khartoum although this is not
generally required for most parts of Northern Sudan.Aadvises British
nationals not to go there on private, unaccompanied travel. The Darfur
and Kassala regions should not currently be visited, again on FCO
advice, unless this is undertaken in consultation with us.
Notwithstanding these challenges Sudan is a vast, varied and fascinating
country and it would take years to explore even the part currently open
for safe travel.
In descending order of price, travel within Khartoum is either by
unmetered and highly negotiable yellow taxi, by Amjad (small minibuses),
and by Bajaj three wheeler rickshaws which run on fixed routes outside
the central business district where they are not allowed. There are also
buses, but they are extremely crowded and uncomfortable. Public
transport is difficult to find after 10 p.m. and difficult to find at
any time on Fridays, although taxis can usually been found outside the
hotels such as the Grand Holiday Villa, the Rotana and the Acropole.
You may wish to drive a car or motorcycle; the traffic is generally
quite slow but a bit unpredictable. The donkeys are probably the best
By African standards generally both the fixed line (Khartoum) and mobile
networks are very good with reasonably fast internet connections
Wireless internet is available in many of the larger hotels (sometimes
for a small charge). In Juba the speeds still tend to be quite slow and
you may not be able to rely on internet access all the time. It is also
possible to purchase a Sudatel (or other service provider) wireless
internet connection and pay for one week, one month or more wireless
internet connection. Wireless internet is now possible from many towns
and cities in Sudan and the situation is continually improving.
Internet communications such as Skype are possible in Sudan and have not
been blocked by the US government sanctions.
Mail between Khartoum and the UK can take anything between 5 days and a
month, with 7 - 10 days about average. If people at home are expecting
letters it may be as well to warn them in advance of the unreliability
of the post. DHL deliveries between the UK and Sudan can be as quick as
General Health, Medical & Dental Care
Healthcare in Khartoum is generally no more than adequate with more
serious emergencies and virtually any surgery needing evacuation.
Outside Khartoum healthcare is seriously lacking. Applicants with
significant medical conditions should check with British Council Sudan
as to whether their condition makes employment in Sudan feasible.