Cost of living in Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Zambia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 32,314 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,521 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 63 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 73 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 41 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 22 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 26 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 14 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 112 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 48 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 19 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 158 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 19 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 12,033 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,517 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 668 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 15,000 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,731 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 350 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 350 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 2,500 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,981 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 131 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 794 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 670 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 833 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,256 Kwacha
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 37 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 374 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 49 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 39 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 106 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 28 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 27 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 165 Kwacha
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 200 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 145 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 200 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 400 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 45 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 30 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,893 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 250 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 38 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:
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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