Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 37,991
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 18,320
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 58% of cities in Africa (7 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 79% of cities in the World (203 out of 257)

List of prices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Current as of Apr 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 96
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 58
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 16
12 eggs, large R 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 88
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 14,297
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 9,063
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,270
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 10,582
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,036
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 701
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 573
40” flat screen tv R 5,284
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,333
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 73
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 39
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 773
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 677
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,179
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 342,389
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 16
Monthly ticket public transport R 806
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 165
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 55
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 276
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 531
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 56
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 138
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 334
2 tickets to the movies R 181
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 1,029
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 584
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 69
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 30
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 8,529
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.70
1 month of gym membership in business district R 507
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 43
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,436 prices entered by 137 different people.
Latest price update: April 06, 2020

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Joburg position in our World Ranking

the world
203rd
out of 257
africa
7th
out of 12
south africa
2nd
out of 4

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