Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 39,567
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 19,306
  • Johannesburg is the cheapest city in Africa (9 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 85% of cities in the World (199 out of 234)
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List of prices in Johannesburg
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 140
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 69
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 19
12 eggs, large R 43
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 85
2 liters of coca-cola R 23
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 16
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 13,776
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 11,394
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,547
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 7,171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,038
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 1,090
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 754
40” flat screen tv R 6,500
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,834
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 87
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 45
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 810
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 518
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,497
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,275
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 295,184
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 22
Monthly ticket public transport R 500
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 145
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 52
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 190
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 499
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 43
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 33
Tube of toothpaste R 24
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 127
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 326
2 tickets to the movies R 212
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 685
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 620
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 73
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 29
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 9,225
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.75
1 month of gym membership in business district R 462
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 50
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 474 prices entered by 52 different people.
Latest price update: September 27, 2022

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Joburg position in our World Ranking

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9th
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