Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 102
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 55
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 13
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 67
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 20
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 73
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 16,574
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 11,062
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 885
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 12,134
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,319
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 656
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 810
40” flat screen TV R 5,902
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,796
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 83
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 804
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 659
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,118
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,159
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 307,962
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 12
Monthly ticket public transport R 357
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 92
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 136
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 363
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 37
4 rolls of toilet paper R 22
Tube of toothpaste R 16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 129
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 299
2 tickets to the movies R 133
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 375
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 504
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 54
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 28
iPod nano 16GB R 3,058
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.93
1 month of gym membership in business district R 511
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 40
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,405 prices entered by 154 different people.
Latest price update: February 19, 2017.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
159th
out of 218
africa
5th
out of 8
south africa
3rd
out of 4

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

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