Cost of living in Botswana

Summary of cost of living in Botswana

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: P33,539
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: P15,074
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P134
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) P84
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P46
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P21
12 eggs, large P48
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P41
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P26
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P27
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P90
2 liters of coca-cola P21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area P10,975
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area P6,470
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P713
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area P9,246
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area P5,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio P825
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) P638
40” flat screen tv P3,393
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,500
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P97
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P612
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) P354
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) P1,763
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P1,087
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new P375,383
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P16
Monthly ticket public transport P350
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) P150
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P149
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) P250
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) P33
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P56
4 rolls of toilet paper P20
Tube of toothpaste P34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P61
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P306
2 tickets to the movies P215
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) P250
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert P354
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P46
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P33
Ipad wi-fi 128gb P8,500
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.80
1 month of gym membership in business district P506
1 package of marlboro cigarettes P48

Map of Cost of Living in Botswana

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