Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 105
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 52
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 55
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 78
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 16,094
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 10,003
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,109
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 12,078
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,863
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 686
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 660
40” flat screen TV R 5,541
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,541
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 85
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 789
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 595
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,220
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,124
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 312,897
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 12
Monthly ticket public transport R 366
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 103
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 236
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 370
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 40
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 45
4 rolls of toilet paper R 21
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 171
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 297
2 tickets to the movies R 129
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 673
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 501
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 27
iPod nano 16GB R 2,910
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.08
1 month of gym membership in business district R 447
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 39
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,283 prices entered by 168 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2016.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
205th
out of 259
africa
4th
out of 9
south africa
3rd
out of 4

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

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2nd
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1st
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1st
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1st
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1st
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