Cost of living in Durban, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 98
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 55
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 51
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 80
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 10,684
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 8,798
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,292
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 6,596
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 5,013
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 883
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 418
40” flat screen TV R 5,376
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,347
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 132
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 742
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 707
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,154
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,163
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 328,294
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 12
Monthly ticket public transport R 406
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 117
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 58
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 231
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 405
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 24
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 48
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25
Tube of toothpaste R 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 129
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 295
2 tickets to the movies R 121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 611
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 507
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 54
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 21
iPod nano 16GB R 2,125
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.71
1 month of gym membership in business district R 486
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 37
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 438 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2017.

Durban position in our World Ranking

the world
177th
out of 218
africa
6th
out of 8
south africa
4th
out of 4

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