Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Currency:
Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 110
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 49
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 11
12 eggs, large R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 18
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 76
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,988
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 667
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 685
40” flat screen TV R 7,160
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,467
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 91
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 562
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R 543
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 987
1 pair of leather business shoes R 999
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 280,821
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 395
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 116
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R 49
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 36
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 44
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25
Tube of toothpaste R 11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 136
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 256
2 tickets to the movies R 123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 652
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 511
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 24
iPod nano 16GB R 2,438
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.53
1 month of gym membership in business district R 375
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 34
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,087 prices entered by 394 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2015.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
142nd
out of 202
africa
4th
out of 7
south africa
3rd
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Cape Town compared to other cities:

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2nd
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4th
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0th
africa
0th
africa
1st
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1st

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