Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 38,229
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 18,584
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is more expensive than in 75% of cities in Africa (4 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Johannesburg is cheaper than in 70% of cities in the World (188 out of 267)

List of prices in Johannesburg, South Africa. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 96
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 57
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 44
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 16
12 eggs, large R 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 88
2 liters of coca-cola R 21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 14,625
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 9,243
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,270
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 10,819
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 6,181
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 701
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 581
40” flat screen tv R 5,355
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,321
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 80
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 40
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 758
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 677
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,176
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,089
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 335,618
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 16
Monthly ticket public transport R 806
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 164
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 53
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 351
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 525
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 56
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 129
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 337
2 tickets to the movies R 181
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 1,029
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 599
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 69
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 29
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 8,095
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.72
1 month of gym membership in business district R 502
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 45
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,626 prices entered by 145 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2020

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Joburg position in our World Ranking

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188th
out of 267
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2nd
out of 4

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