Cost of living in Botswana

Summary of cost of living in Botswana

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: P28,488
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: P11,793
  • 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 P89
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) P70
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast P26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk P21
12 eggs, large P36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes P20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese P42
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples P17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket P23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P77
2 liters of coca-cola P23
Bread for 2 people for 1 day P14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area P5,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area P7,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat P639
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area P9,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area P7,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio P483
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) P578
40” flat screen tv P3,782
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) P1,578
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) P76
Hourly rate for cleaning help P50
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P461
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) P336
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) P918
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P1,513
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new P200,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas P16
Monthly ticket public transport P1,000
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) P150
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) P70
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) P209
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) P28
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) P29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) P35
4 rolls of toilet paper P31
Tube of toothpaste P20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city P89
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub P270
2 tickets to the movies P261
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 P256
1 cocktail drink in downtown club P51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city P37
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) P28
Ipad wi-fi 128gb P800
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) P2.52
1 month of gym membership in business district P509
1 package of marlboro cigarettes P54

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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