Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 101
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 51
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 13
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 87
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 16,253
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 10,594
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,103
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 11,870
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,170
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 727
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 583
40” flat screen TV R 5,516
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,623
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 97
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 785
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 607
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,132
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,118
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 329,629
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 12
Monthly ticket public transport R 388
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 96
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 75
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 397
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 38
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 20
Tube of toothpaste R 19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 158
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 285
2 tickets to the movies R 125
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 702
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 486
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 52
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 25
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 443
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,257 prices entered by 158 different people.
Latest price update: December 11, 2016.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

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176th
out of 233
africa
4th
out of 9
south africa
3rd
out of 4

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