Cost of living in Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Zambia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 53,328 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 25,291 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 69 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 72 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 43 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 24 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 41 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 29 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 120 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 27 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 39 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 19 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 216 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 27 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18 Kwacha
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,206 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 18,321 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,574 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 30,000 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 26,000 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio -
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 666 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 6,200 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,500 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 126 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,750 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 850 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,850 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,300 Kwacha
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 360,000 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 27 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 850 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 350 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 142 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 850 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 54 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 39 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 106 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 28 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 27 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 165 Kwacha
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 370 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 145 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 200 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 935 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 65 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 18,000 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.00 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 526 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 37 Kwacha

Map of Cost of Living in Zambia

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This map shows only the top cities in Zambia. 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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