Cost of living in Durban, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Durban

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 36,534
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 18,423

List of prices in Durban
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 81
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 63
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 51
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 90
2 liters of coca-cola R 22
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 16,706
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 7,626
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,746
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 12,857
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,765
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 845
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 635
40” flat screen tv R 4,688
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,472
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 77
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 134
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 821
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 591
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,187
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,010
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 249,246
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 655
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 116
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 51
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 198
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 474
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 57
4 rolls of toilet paper R 21
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 89
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 373
2 tickets to the movies R 163
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 446
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 461
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 56
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 7,178
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.10
1 month of gym membership in business district R 590
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 44
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 55 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2022

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