Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Cape Town

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,605 (R 39,830)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,353 (R 20,689)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is more expensive than in 75% of cities in Africa (3 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than in 70% of cities in the World (140 out of 200)

List of prices in Cape Town, South Africa. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
ZAR USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 120 ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 62 ($4.03)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 44 ($2.88)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15 ($0.97)
12 eggs, large R 37 ($2.43)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 24 ($1.55)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 67 ($4.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21 ($1.34)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17 ($1.13)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 18 ($1.18)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 111 ($7)
2 liters of coca-cola R 24 ($1.56)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11 ($0.70)
Housing [Edit]
ZAR USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 17,548 ($1,148)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 10,250 ($670)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,201 ($79)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 13,555 ($886)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 8,041 ($526)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 861 ($56)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 558 ($37)
40” flat screen tv R 5,006 ($327)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,658 ($108)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 84 ($5.51)
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 36 ($2.38)
Clothes [Edit]
ZAR USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 761 ($50)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 531 ($35)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,414 ($92)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,307 ($85)
Transportation [Edit]
ZAR USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 372,713 ($24,374)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 14 ($0.95)
Monthly ticket public transport R 715 ($47)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 146 ($10)
Personal Care [Edit]
ZAR USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 66 ($4.34)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 141 ($9)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 429 ($28)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 42 ($2.78)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 33 ($2.17)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 57 ($3.69)
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25 ($1.66)
Tube of toothpaste R 21 ($1.38)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 136 ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
ZAR USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 426 ($28)
2 tickets to the movies R 184 ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 722 ($47)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 622 ($41)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 66 ($4.32)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 35 ($2.26)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 38 ($2.46)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,712 ($504)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.65 ($0.11)
1 month of gym membership in business district R 564 ($37)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 43 ($2.80)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 553 prices entered by 96 different people.
Latest price update: January 15, 2021

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Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
140th
out of 200
africa
3rd
out of 8

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