Cost of living in Durban, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Durban

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 37,016
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 18,991
  • Durban is the 2nd cheapest city in South Africa (3 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Durban is more expensive than in 67% of cities in Africa (5 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Durban is cheaper than in 74% of cities in the World (200 out of 271)

List of prices in Durban, South Africa. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 88
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 62
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 17
12 eggs, large R 36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 54
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 86
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 17,654
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 7,890
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,482
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 11,228
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 7,213
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 822
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 649
40” flat screen tv R 5,174
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,607
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 73
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 123
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 959
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 580
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,137
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,136
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 231,478
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 16
Monthly ticket public transport R 625
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 117
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 51
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 174
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 447
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 52
4 rolls of toilet paper R 23
Tube of toothpaste R 16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 97
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 370
2 tickets to the movies R 188
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 434
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 449
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 59
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,178
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.33
1 month of gym membership in business district R 519
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 44
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 556 prices entered by 39 different people.
Latest price update: February 16, 2020

Durban position in our World Ranking

the world
200th
out of 271
africa
5th
out of 12
south africa
3rd
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Durban compared to other cities:

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