Cost of living in Zambia

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 70 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 50 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 34 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 15 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 11 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 55 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 26 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 87 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 14,071 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 6,254 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 784 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 13,444 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,371 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,299 Kwacha
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 444 Kwacha
40” flat screen TV 4,408 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,400 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 50 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 68 Kwacha
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 448 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) 1,019 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 903 Kwacha
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 212,028 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 13 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 352 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 20 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 39 Kwacha
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 320 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 50 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 29 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 40 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 22 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 15 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 83 Kwacha
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 288 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 97 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 300 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) 3.53 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 620 Kwacha
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 28 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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