Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 41,552
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 19,790
  • Johannesburg is the 3rd most expensive city in Africa (3 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 66% of cities in the World (180 out of 271)
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List of prices in Johannesburg
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 139
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 68
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 17
12 eggs, large R 46
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 60
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 83
2 liters of coca-cola R 22
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 15
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 14,070
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 11,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,571
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 7,839
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,259
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 685
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 822
40” flat screen tv R 5,855
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,589
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 83
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 33
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 838
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 526
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,457
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,245
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 295,530
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 20
Monthly ticket public transport R 1,005
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 130
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 47
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 193
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 439
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 55
4 rolls of toilet paper R 28
Tube of toothpaste R 21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 134
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 361
2 tickets to the movies R 202
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 864
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 604
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 31
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 9,955
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.91
1 month of gym membership in business district R 512
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 47
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 472 prices entered by 52 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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Joburg position in our World Ranking

the world
180th
out of 271
africa
3rd
out of 14

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