Cost of living in Lusaka, Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Lusaka

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 33,927 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 17,298 Kwacha
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Lusaka
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 133 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 68 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 50 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 25 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 143 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 39 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 21 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 161 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 22 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Kwacha
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,253 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,866 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 547 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,508 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,942 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 421 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 391 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 5,688 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,980 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 71 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 56 Kwacha
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 642 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 499 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 904 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 783 Kwacha
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 234,832 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 379 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 176 Kwacha
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 50 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 48 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 311 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 51 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 41 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 26 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 20 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 159 Kwacha
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 282 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 141 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 369 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 444 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 29 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,733 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.36 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 728 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 37 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 28 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: May 16, 2022

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