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) 50 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 25 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 17 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 80 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 31 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 13 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 101 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 16,603 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 8,610 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 649 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,436 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,865 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 2,486 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 634 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 4,637 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,001 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 118 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 30 Kwacha
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 481 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 453 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 843 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 829 Kwacha
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 209,250 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 13 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 284 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 105 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 124 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 377 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 60 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 34 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 51 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 18 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 10 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 83 Kwacha
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 279 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 87 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 348 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 425 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.) 16 Kwacha
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 5,000 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 510 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 30 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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Recent Prices Added

  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Livingstone costs 12 Kwacha (9 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Livingstone costs 23 Kwacha (9 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Livingstone costs 16 Kwacha (9 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Lusaka costs 27 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Lusaka costs 500 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Lusaka costs 14 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Lusaka costs 25 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Lusaka costs 70 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Lusaka costs 140 Kwacha (10 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Lusaka costs 300 Kwacha (10 days ago)