Cost of living in Lusaka, Zambia

Summary of cost of living in Lusaka

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,114 (34,236 Kwacha)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,073 (17,369 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 Aug 2022.

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Food Update prices
ZMW USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 133 Kwacha ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 68 Kwacha ($4.18)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 50 Kwacha ($3.06)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17 Kwacha ($1.05)
12 eggs, large 25 Kwacha ($1.56)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 23 Kwacha ($1.45)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 141 Kwacha ($9)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 34 Kwacha ($2.10)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 24 Kwacha ($1.47)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 21 Kwacha ($1.28)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 161 Kwacha ($10)
2 liters of coca-cola 21 Kwacha ($1.29)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15 Kwacha ($0.91)
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Housing Update prices
ZMW USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,253 Kwacha ($819)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,866 Kwacha ($609)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 547 Kwacha ($34)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,508 Kwacha ($587)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,942 Kwacha ($367)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 421 Kwacha ($26)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 391 Kwacha ($24)
40” flat screen tv 5,688 Kwacha ($351)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,980 Kwacha ($122)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 71 Kwacha ($4.38)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 56 Kwacha ($3.47)
Clothes Update prices
ZMW USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 642 Kwacha ($40)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 499 Kwacha ($31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 904 Kwacha ($56)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 783 Kwacha ($48)
Transportation Update prices
ZMW USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 234,832 Kwacha ($14,503)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 22 Kwacha ($1.35)
Monthly ticket public transport 379 Kwacha ($23)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 176 Kwacha ($11)
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Personal Care Update prices
ZMW USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 50 Kwacha ($3.07)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 48 Kwacha ($2.94)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 311 Kwacha ($19)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 51 Kwacha ($3.17)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41 Kwacha ($2.51)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 41 Kwacha ($2.53)
4 rolls of toilet paper 26 Kwacha ($1.63)
Tube of toothpaste 20 Kwacha ($1.26)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 159 Kwacha ($10)
Entertainment Update prices
ZMW USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 282 Kwacha ($17)
2 tickets to the movies 141 Kwacha ($9)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 369 Kwacha ($23)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 444 Kwacha ($27)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46 Kwacha ($2.83)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 29 Kwacha ($1.81)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17 Kwacha ($1.04)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,733 Kwacha ($292)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.36 Kwacha ($0.08)
1 month of gym membership in business district 728 Kwacha ($45)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 32 Kwacha ($2.00)
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 35 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: August 15, 2022

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