Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 103
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 56
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 66
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 81
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 17,436
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 11,259
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,097
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 11,827
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,296
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 720
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 763
40” flat screen TV R 5,727
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,721
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 83
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 29
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 644
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,134
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,161
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 317,074
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 398
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 93
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 48
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 132
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 375
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 57
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 44
4 rolls of toilet paper R 22
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 138
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 287
2 tickets to the movies R 144
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 596
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 461
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 60
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 28
iPod nano 16GB R 3,060
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.96
1 month of gym membership in business district R 566
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 39
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,957 prices entered by 178 different people.
Latest price update: June 26, 2017.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
196th
out of 270
africa
5th
out of 10
south africa
3rd
out of 4

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

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3rd

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