Cost of living in Botswana

Summary of cost of living in Botswana

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: P26,012
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: P11,270
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district P99
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) P71
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P14
12 eggs, large P40
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P46
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P82
2 liters of coca-cola P16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P9
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area P8,287
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area P5,077
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P1,647
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area P4,461
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area P3,768
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio P500
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) P519
40” flat screen tv P4,213
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) P953
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P36
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P539
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) P332
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) P733
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P773
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new P241,160
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P9
Monthly ticket public transport P158
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) P44
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P138
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) P200
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) P36
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P54
4 rolls of toilet paper P19
Tube of toothpaste P22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P87
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P288
2 tickets to the movies P150
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) P240
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert P528
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P50
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P21
Ipad wi-fi 128gb P10,343
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P1.32
1 month of gym membership in business district P363
1 package of marlboro cigarettes P47

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:
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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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