Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 41,133
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 21,879
  • Cape Town is the 2nd most expensive city in Africa (2 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 67% of cities in the World (143 out of 212)
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List of prices in Cape Town
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 113
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 63
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 45
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 65
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 16
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 105
2 liters of coca-cola R 24
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 18,417
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 11,723
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,148
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 12,960
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 8,100
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 861
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 602
40” flat screen tv R 4,786
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,372
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 84
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 39
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 782
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 504
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,423
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,407
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 372,713
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 729
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 146
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 66
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 141
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 408
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 32
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 53
4 rolls of toilet paper R 27
Tube of toothpaste R 19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 143
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 426
2 tickets to the movies R 183
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 769
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 689
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 71
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 39
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,712
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.65
1 month of gym membership in business district R 605
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 47
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 360 prices entered by 61 different people.
Latest price update: June 16, 2021

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Cape Town position in our World Ranking

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143rd
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2nd
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