Cost of living in Botswana

Summary of cost of living in Botswana

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: P26,599
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: P11,525
  • Cost of living in Botswana is more expensive than in 78% of countries in Africa (3 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Botswana is cheaper than in 64% of countries in the World (58 out of 90)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P82
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) P61
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P13
12 eggs, large P65
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P32
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P95
2 liters of coca-cola P17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P6
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area P7,795
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area P5,320
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P974
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area P4,166
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area P2,819
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio P942
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) P906
40” flat screen tv P4,028
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,277
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P73
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P400
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) P706
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) P600
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P800
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new P159,175
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P10
Monthly ticket public transport P240
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) P50
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P138
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) P219
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) P30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P48
4 rolls of toilet paper P20
Tube of toothpaste P20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P107
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P119
2 tickets to the movies P100
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) P240
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert P500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P53
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb P10,343
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.01
1 month of gym membership in business district P737
1 package of marlboro cigarettes P47

Map of Cost of Living in Botswana


This map shows only the top cities in Botswana. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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