Cost of living in Zambia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 70 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 53 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 29 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 15 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 63 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 27 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 97 Kwacha
2 liters of Coca-Cola 18 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 8 Kwacha
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 11,919 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 5,706 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 828 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,753 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,851 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,576 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 513 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 4,309 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,706 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 101 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 68 Kwacha
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 469 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 524 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,077 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 870 Kwacha
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 209,573 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 13 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 321 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 20 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 299 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.) 50 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 23 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 15 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 83 Kwacha
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 270 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 97 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 299 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 432 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 53 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 29 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 22 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,268 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 601 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 29 Kwacha

Map of Cost of Living in Zambia

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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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Recent Prices Added

  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Lusaka costs 20 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Lusaka costs 30 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • 8 rolls of toilet paper in Lusaka costs 25 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Lusaka costs 16 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Lusaka costs 30 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • 1 kg of local cheese in Lusaka costs 55 Kwacha (8 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Lusaka costs 19 Kwacha (8 days ago)