Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 41,119
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 19,382
  • Johannesburg is the most expensive city in Africa (1 out of 6)
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 60% of cities in the World (97 out of 162)
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List of prices in Johannesburg
Current as of Oct 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 136
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 63
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 47
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 16
12 eggs, large R 45
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 64
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 119
2 liters of coca-cola R 22
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 13
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 14,460
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 9,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,466
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 10,409
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,959
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 734
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 659
40” flat screen tv R 4,734
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,590
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 119
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 34
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 944
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 578
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,385
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,445
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 355,898
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 17
Monthly ticket public transport R 1,071
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 124
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 54
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 211
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 466
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 46
4 rolls of toilet paper R 29
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 151
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 321
2 tickets to the movies R 182
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 880
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 516
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 78
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 37
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 10,336
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.86
1 month of gym membership in business district R 572
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 50
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 381 prices entered by 54 different people.
Latest price update: October 24, 2021

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