Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 48,959
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 25,684
  • Cape Town is the 2nd cheapest city in Africa (3 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 88% of cities in the World (188 out of 214)
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List of prices in Cape Town
Current as of Sep 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 170
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 85
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 47
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 21
12 eggs, large R 53
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 73
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 91
2 liters of coca-cola R 25
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 18
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 22,683
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 13,016
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,576
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 12,490
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 8,192
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 714
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 715
40” flat screen tv R 4,628
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,649
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 119
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 63
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 898
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 639
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,586
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,356
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 399,668
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 23
Monthly ticket public transport R 595
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 152
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 122
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 261
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 559
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 51
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 32
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 66
4 rolls of toilet paper R 47
Tube of toothpaste R 32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 222
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 379
2 tickets to the movies R 227
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 941
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 644
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 106
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 39
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 9,964
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.58
1 month of gym membership in business district R 655
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 55
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 509 prices entered by 50 different people.
Latest price update: September 29, 2023

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