Cost of living in Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Zambia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 27,593 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,553 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 56 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 53 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17 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 33 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 11 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 123 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 15 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10 Kwacha
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,428 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 4,611 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 814 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 9,000 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,039 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 300 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 4,580 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,372 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 78 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 85 Kwacha
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 486 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 409 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 621 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 606 Kwacha
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 170,622 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 15 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 590 Kwacha
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 37 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 49 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 306 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 47 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 39 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 42 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 24 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 14 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 64 Kwacha
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 210 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 93 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 297 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 55 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 5,697 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.75 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 667 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 30 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:
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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