Cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 23,798 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,258 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,065 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,089 Franc
12 eggs, large 4,351 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,003 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,331 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,599 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,903 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,311 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 12,194 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 6,071 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,909 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,124,470 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,613,580 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 340,319 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 45,423 Franc
40” flat screen TV 738,519 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 186,364 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 8,877 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,178 Franc
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 18,750 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 18,750 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 35,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 70,000 Franc
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,642 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 75,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 78,750 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 3,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 8,258 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,086 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,456 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 6,000 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 14,831 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 155,000 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 30,000 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 168,428 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15,487 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 6,492 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,419 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 489 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 215,342 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,722 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Democratic Republic of the Congo


This map shows only the top cities in Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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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