Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,582 (R 37,376)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,366 (R 19,776)
  • Cape Town is the cheapest city in South Africa (4 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is more expensive than in 64% of cities in Africa (6 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 75% of cities in the World (213 out of 285)

List of prices in Cape Town, South Africa. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
ZAR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 111 ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 59 ($4.07)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 42 ($2.88)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 13 ($0.93)
12 eggs, large R 34 ($2.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 20 ($1.41)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56 ($3.89)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 22 ($1.50)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17 ($1.15)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17 ($1.19)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 90 ($6)
2 liters of coca-cola R 20 ($1.37)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12 ($0.84)
Housing [Edit]
ZAR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 16,701 ($1,154)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 10,477 ($724)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,093 ($76)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 11,978 ($827)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 7,465 ($516)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 695 ($48)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 562 ($39)
40” flat screen tv R 4,454 ($308)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,436 ($99)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 84 ($5.82)
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 35 ($2.40)
Clothes [Edit]
ZAR USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 737 ($51)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 621 ($43)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,428 ($99)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,157 ($80)
Transportation [Edit]
ZAR USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 296,758 ($20,501)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 16 ($1.10)
Monthly ticket public transport R 493 ($34)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 143 ($10)
Personal Care [Edit]
ZAR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 54 ($3.76)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 117 ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 443 ($31)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 46 ($3.20)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 32 ($2.18)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 54 ($3.70)
4 rolls of toilet paper R 23 ($1.60)
Tube of toothpaste R 19 ($1.32)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 138 ($10)
Entertainment [Edit]
ZAR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 372 ($26)
2 tickets to the movies R 172 ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 661 ($46)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 510 ($35)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 61 ($4.19)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30 ($2.05)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 33 ($2.31)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,699 ($532)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.87 ($0.13)
1 month of gym membership in business district R 529 ($37)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 38 ($2.62)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,407 prices entered by 136 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
213th
out of 285
africa
6th
out of 14
south africa
4th
out of 4

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

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