Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 96
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 47
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 62
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 17
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 77
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,016
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 823
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 639
40” flat screen TV R 6,392
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,048
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 79
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 32
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 663
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R 524
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 997
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,163
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 286,821
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 385
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 122
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R 46
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 24
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 45
4 rolls of toilet paper R 26
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 142
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 257
2 tickets to the movies R 107
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 562
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 473
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 26
iPod nano 16GB R 2,285
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.98
1 month of gym membership in business district R 491
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 34
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,483 prices entered by 423 different people.
Latest price update: September 01, 2015.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
146th
out of 194
africa
4th
out of 8
south africa
3rd
out of 5

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

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3rd
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5th
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1st
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1st
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1st
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