Cost of living in Lesotho

Summary of cost of living in Lesotho

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 32,214 Loti
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 17,412 Loti
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 70 Loti
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 43 Loti
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 Loti
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17 Loti
12 eggs, large 27 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 19 Loti
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 60 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 18 Loti
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Loti
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 19 Loti
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 75 Loti
2 liters of coca-cola -
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12 Loti
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 15,000 Loti
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 10,000 Loti
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,500 Loti
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,000 Loti
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,000 Loti
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 500 Loti
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 200 Loti
40” flat screen tv 4,000 Loti
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,000 Loti
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 45 Loti
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20 Loti
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 800 Loti
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 600 Loti
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,000 Loti
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,200 Loti
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 320,000 Loti
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 12 Loti
Monthly ticket public transport 452 Loti
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 65 Loti
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 Loti
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 300 Loti
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 30 Loti
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 25 Loti
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 38 Loti
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 Loti
Tube of toothpaste 15 Loti
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 65 Loti
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 300 Loti
2 tickets to the movies 200 Loti
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 400 Loti
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 420 Loti
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 52 Loti
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 25 Loti
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17 Loti
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.80 Loti
1 month of gym membership in business district 500 Loti
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20 Loti

Map of Cost of Living in Lesotho


This map shows only the top cities in Lesotho. 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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