Cost of living in Lusaka, Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Lusaka

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 41,453 Kwacha
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 19,631 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 Jul 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 116 Kwacha
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 77 Kwacha
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 44 Kwacha
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 23 Kwacha
12 eggs, large 32 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 33 Kwacha
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 127 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 38 Kwacha
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 23 Kwacha
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 23 Kwacha
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 164 Kwacha
2 liters of coca-cola 28 Kwacha
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17 Kwacha
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 15,433 Kwacha
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 8,623 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 539 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 14,999 Kwacha
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,897 Kwacha
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 480 Kwacha
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,674 Kwacha
40” flat screen tv 3,603 Kwacha
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,551 Kwacha
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 60 Kwacha
Hourly rate for cleaning help 67 Kwacha
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 780 Kwacha
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 670 Kwacha
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 969 Kwacha
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,458 Kwacha
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 302,797 Kwacha
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 Kwacha
Monthly ticket public transport 575 Kwacha
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 250 Kwacha
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 52 Kwacha
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 57 Kwacha
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 345 Kwacha
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 51 Kwacha
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 33 Kwacha
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 67 Kwacha
4 rolls of toilet paper 33 Kwacha
Tube of toothpaste 30 Kwacha
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 159 Kwacha
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 281 Kwacha
2 tickets to the movies 113 Kwacha
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 399 Kwacha
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 417 Kwacha
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 54 Kwacha
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34 Kwacha
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16 Kwacha
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,666 Kwacha
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.31 Kwacha
1 month of gym membership in business district 810 Kwacha
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 52 Kwacha
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 78 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: July 14, 2024

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