Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 49,542
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 26,242
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 88% of cities in the World (148 out of 168)
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List of prices in Cape Town
Current as of Jul 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 166
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 84
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 61
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 19
12 eggs, large R 52
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 28
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 85
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 93
2 liters of coca-cola R 24
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 19
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 22,845
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 13,941
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,800
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 13,786
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 8,362
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 683
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 402
40” flat screen tv R 4,960
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,835
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 126
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 102
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 836
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 573
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,614
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,312
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 407,608
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 25
Monthly ticket public transport R 647
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 125
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 153
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 646
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 62
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 53
4 rolls of toilet paper R 43
Tube of toothpaste R 28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 211
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 342
2 tickets to the movies R 212
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 736
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 704
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 73
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 39
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 10,164
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.22
1 month of gym membership in business district R 592
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 52
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 300 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: July 13, 2024

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Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
148th
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africa
2nd
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