Cost of living in Botswana

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P70
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) P67
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P11
12 eggs, large P28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P15
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P89
2 liters of Coca-Cola P16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P5.81
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area P9,598
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area P5,197
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P544
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area P3,502
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area P2,413
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio P1,490
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) P920
40” flat screen TV P4,295
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,432
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P78
Hourly rate for cleaning help P475
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) P494
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) P335
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) P836
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P1,016
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new P148,057
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P8
Monthly ticket public transport P134
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) P219
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.) P48
4 rolls of toilet paper P15
Tube of toothpaste P12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P101
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P321
2 tickets to the movies P113
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 P464
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P18
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB P10,348
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.06
1 month of gym membership in business district P380
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes P37

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.

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.

Are you moving to Botswana? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Francistown Gaborone Molepolole
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Recent Prices Added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Gaborone costs P5,188 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Gaborone costs P7,611 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Gaborone costs P2,250 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Gaborone costs P3,278 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Gaborone costs P969 (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Gaborone costs P772 (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Gaborone costs P287 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Gaborone costs P431 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Gaborone costs P115 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Gaborone costs P392 (2 days ago)