Cost of living in Durban, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Durban

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 36,598
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 18,730
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List of prices in Durban, South Africa. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 83
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 60
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 34
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 17
12 eggs, large R 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
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 20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 90
2 liters of coca-cola R 23
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 16,730
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 8,323
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,690
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 12,422
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,842
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 912
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 677
40” flat screen tv R 4,531
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,459
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 75
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 98
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 842
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 541
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,111
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,069
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 235,368
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
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 51
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 194
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 479
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 58
4 rolls of toilet paper R 21
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 96
Entertainment [Edit]
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 246 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2021

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