Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 39,395
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 20,361
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is more expensive than in 73% of cities in Africa (4 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 72% of cities in the World (172 out of 238)

List of prices in Cape Town, South Africa. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 121
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 61
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 60
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 104
2 liters of coca-cola R 21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 16,671
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 10,635
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,146
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 12,869
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 7,738
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 820
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 580
40” flat screen tv R 4,356
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,582
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 85
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 36
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 820
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 696
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,438
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,332
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 320,813
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 692
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 146
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 66
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 141
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 484
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 62
4 rolls of toilet paper R 27
Tube of toothpaste R 21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 147
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 364
2 tickets to the movies R 176
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 641
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 580
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 69
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 31
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 38
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,712
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.65
1 month of gym membership in business district R 633
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 41
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 958 prices entered by 119 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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