Cost of living in Zambia

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 64 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 47 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 28 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 16 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 11 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 72 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 29 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 100 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 18 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 8 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 17,786 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,520 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 721 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,326 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,903 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,913 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 578 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 4,373 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,389 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 118 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 30 Kwacha
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 487 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 564 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 978 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 964 Kwacha
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 238,215 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 13 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 268 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 85 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 93 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 297 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 53 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 32 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 45 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 20 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 12 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 77 Kwacha
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 281 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 96 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 333 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 441 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 50 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 27 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 19 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 4,486 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 551 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 31 Kwacha

Map of Cost of Living in Zambia


This map shows only the top cities in Zambia. 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.

List of all cities available in Zambia

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