Cost of living in Botswana

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P46
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) P74
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P33
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P12
12 eggs, large P27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P13
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P16
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P94
2 liters of Coca-Cola P17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P6
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area P15,892
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area P8,689
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P577
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area P5,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area P3,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio P2,500
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) P774
40” flat screen TV P4,580
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,252
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P81
Hourly rate for cleaning help P475
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) P649
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) P483
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) P1,128
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P1,349
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new P249,074
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P9
Monthly ticket public transport P387
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) P38
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P138
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) P300
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) P30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P40
4 rolls of toilet paper P15
Tube of toothpaste P13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P87
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P326
2 tickets to the movies P112
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) P326
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert P541
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P23
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB P10,019
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.19
1 month of gym membership in business district P414
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes P37

Map of Cost of Living in Botswana


This map shows only the top cities in Botswana. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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