Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 42,856
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 23,803
  • Cape Town is the 4th most expensive city in Africa (4 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 72% of cities in the World (193 out of 269)
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List of prices in Cape Town
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 135
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 63
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 39
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 60
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 84
2 liters of coca-cola R 24
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 15
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 21,503
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 12,738
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 937
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 11,058
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 7,448
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 880
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 760
40” flat screen tv R 4,645
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,516
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 79
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 36
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 812
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 551
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,485
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,266
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 306,003
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 21
Monthly ticket public transport R 514
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 114
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 64
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 141
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 400
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 56
4 rolls of toilet paper R 26
Tube of toothpaste R 20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 185
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 405
2 tickets to the movies R 197
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 774
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 587
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 73
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 36
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,502
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.33
1 month of gym membership in business district R 658
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 45
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 314 prices entered by 50 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

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Cape Town position in our World Ranking

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193rd
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4th
out of 13

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