Cost of living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 31,000 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 9,409 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,500 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,563 Franc
12 eggs, large 3,200 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,000 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes -
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,000 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 9,770 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,500 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,200 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 4,011,110 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 5,000,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 75,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,440,000 Franc
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) -
40” flat screen TV 500,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 250,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 12,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 3,000 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,473 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 60,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 50,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5,625 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9,000 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,917 Franc
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 21,407 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub -
2 tickets to the movies -
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 110,000 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 15,519 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 7,519 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,981 Franc
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 576 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 310,000 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 4,000 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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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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Recent Prices Added

  • 60 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Kinshasa costs 834 Franc (11 days ago)