Cost of living in Lusaka, Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Lusaka

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 32,973 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,316 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Lusaka, Zambia. Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 141 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 64 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 37 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 18 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 22 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 124 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 34 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 19 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 22 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 140 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 22 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Kwacha
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 12,208 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 8,931 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 546 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,508 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,942 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 421 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 535 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 5,688 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,980 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 71 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 51 Kwacha
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 640 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 498 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 903 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 782 Kwacha
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 234,832 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 379 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 267 Kwacha
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 46 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 48 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 311 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 42 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 41 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 26 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 20 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 159 Kwacha
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 317 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 136 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 280 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 417 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 29 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,733 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.83 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 728 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 25 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 37 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: April 18, 2021

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