Cost of Living in Johannesburg

Cost of living in Johannesburg is 63.19% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 440.53$ (7,117.80R) and for four person family at 1,525.44$ (24,647.08R) (without rent).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 105.00 R 80.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 420.00 R 350.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50.00 R 45.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 20.00 R 15.00-30.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 30.00 R 20.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 20.76 R 18.00-25.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 11.04 R 9.00-14.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 8.49 R 7.00-12.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 50.25 R 45.42-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 10.74 R 9.03-12.70
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.38 R 5.44-10.89
Eggs (12) 25.30 R 15.00-35.18
Local Cheese (1 lb) 37.85 R 31.75-45.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 32.29 R 22.68-47.17
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 38.91 R 31.75-54.43
Apples (1 lb) 9.22 R 8.16-11.11
Banana (1 lb) 6.93 R 4.54-10.43
Oranges (1 lb) 9.01 R 6.35-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 8.52 R 6.80-11.34
Potato (1 lb) 7.45 R 4.54-11.79
Onion (1 lb) 7.47 R 4.99-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 12.32 R 9.00-15.95
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.09 R 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 R 47.99-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.66 R 11.00-25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 23.14 R 15.00-30.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 37.00 R 35.00-40.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 15.00 R 12.00-20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 550.00 R 400.00-800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 22.50 R 12.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 16.08-19.31
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 72.50 R 50.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 49.44 R 45.95-53.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 272,500.00 R 200,000.00-300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,224.29 R 800.00-1,700.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.41 R 1.00-2.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 804.31 R 599.99-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 402.33 R 285.00-599.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 111.92 R 75.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 65.00 R 55.00-75.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 730.83 R 600.00-900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 529.23 R 400.00-700.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,027.71 R 800.00-1,299.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,022.32 R 700.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,718.18 R 3,600.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,851.24 R 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,950.00 R 9,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,090.34 R 7,100.00-12,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,132.63 R 929.02-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 872.62 R 696.77-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 18,688.64 R 15,000.00-30,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.42 9.00-10.00

Prices in Johannesburg, South Africa

These data are based on 2652 entries in the past 18 months from 233 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2016
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30 Comments so far
#Misi on Nov 13, 2015 :
Someone please what is the equivalent of R to a $ USD urgent thanks...
#Chris on Jul 08, 2015 :
This data is not credible for example 2kg rice cost around R18-20. I buy 60 eggs for about R60. For more info check part of Walmart or and compare these prices. There was a gentleman from India wanted to know about electricity our electric is still very cheap compare to India but we as locals feels to be expensive. In previous years SA used to have the cheapest electricity. Regarding the accommodation it depends where you want to stay. North is expensive and beautiful.
#darnell thompson on Jun 01, 2015 :
I just wanted to say how proud I am to be an
African-Negro.And,i will be moved somewhere home in Africa.I planned on waiting until I aged a little bit for to move home because I planned to finish the education in Colorado to start a career.To prepare myself to move home.Not to change the subject but, I tell a lot of this Negro-americans that if it wasn't for Africa,they would have never had the opportunity to call themselves americans.Now me,I'm an AFrican-Negro and, an African-Negro only.I don't give a damn where I grow up that means nothing to me.Thank you so much my Beautiful African folks for giving your time.I love you dearly and,will see you in the future.
#vinod pol on Mar 11, 2015 :
I would like to have a approx admission and monthly fees for second stranded and six slandered indian or international school. also monthly family expanses for 4 person ( two kids and one couple) .
#micheal tochukwu on Feb 28, 2015 :
Which marketingArea is gud for Starting an electrical business in johasburge
#vibin on Jan 06, 2015 :
hi friends i am from india. if i will get job there. Minimum how much salary should need for living good life at Johannesburg.

pls suggest me

#Dieb on Sep 29, 2014 :
How much do you think electricity would monthly cost for a 2 bed appart of 121 square meter ?(familly of 3?)
#Dieb on Sep 29, 2014 :
How much do you think electricity would monthly cost for a 2 bed appart of 121 square meter ?(familly of 3?)
#Jess on Sep 04, 2014 :
The cost of living in Jhb is hard to calculate because all areas have different prices, i mean the price of a can of coke in Midrand is different from a can of coke in the East rand.
#Tiana Barclay on Aug 16, 2014 :
How much is a rand worth compared to a usa currency?
#narayanan on Jul 16, 2014 :
how much should an individual earn to live in S.Africa with his/ her family. I am into international logistics and freight forwarding.
#SAM on Jun 09, 2014 :
Can i live & feed myself in johannesburg for one month with 6300 Rand ?
#Ali on Apr 07, 2014 :
There is no staility in cost of living calculations. Public transport is actually R30.00 daily and fuel price goes up every month not to mention the current etoll. Food prices go up by a rand or two every month. Consumers are really just being abused in Johannesburg.
#Rob on Mar 27, 2014 :
18 Rand for a draught beer? Where? The cheap bars are 20 Rand. Go somewhere like Melrose Arch and you're paying 35 Rand.
#Ingrid sternberg on Mar 18, 2014 :
I need to know what the increase will be for petrol and consumer goods (percentage wise) in the next 6 months.
#Anonymous on Mar 05, 2014 :
R17,868.76 ,disposable income! Are you crazy! Very VERY few people with that sort of "dispossable income". Is that the amount considered disposable after medical aid payments, fuel etc... I don't know may people who make that much no matter have it as dispossable.
#Sani on Jan 31, 2014 :
Hello, Please can somebody help me the total amount for visiting Johannesburg from Lagos, Nigeria for 6 days
#Lissa Lisseva on Jan 30, 2014 :
What is the salary for a civil engineer with over 20 years experience, bearing in mind the
cost of living. What could be the size of the salary?
#sami on Nov 14, 2013 :
How much is the sa tourist passport fee in south africa plz?
#K on Jan 22, 2013 :
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 500.00 R

Not sure where they got this figure as 6mbps internet ADSL does not exist in SA and our fastest ADSL (4mbps) is over R1000 if you include all Telkom rentals etc.

Overseas (UK, Aus ) you get data deals which include satellite tv for about 20 pounds or 50 AU$. Satellite tv in South Africa is over 700 Rand per month.(no data included)
#Ashutosh on Jan 07, 2013 :
With R 20k, is it possible for a persons new to start life in Johannesburg ?
#Emma on Aug 08, 2012 :
Can i live & feed myself in johannesburg for 3months with $1,500 ?
#Sanket on Aug 01, 2012 :
I get 200 ZAR as daily allowance. Shall I get lunch, dinner, breakfast in 200 ZARs in Johannesburg especially near these two places mentioned below ?
1) 70 Rivonia Road Sandhurst 2196, Johannesburg South Africa
2) Hotel Hilton, SANDTON, South Africa.
#GOLDENFINGER on Jun 29, 2012 :
That foolish Simon is complaining shit!!!!!!!Those figures are in EUROS!
#Mladen on Mar 19, 2012 :
The gasoline prices changes frequently that's why it's difficult to keep it in sync. Help is always appreciated. Thanks
#Leila on Mar 19, 2012 :
its not fair. the transport costs are going to increase. 1 litre is R11. and soon we'l have to add e-tolling costs. thats why we should not allow e-tolling to come to fruition
#tibo on Mar 19, 2012 :
@Simon on Mar 14, 2012 : Which suburb is that? Please give me the name cause I am desperately looking for a decent place to stay and I have a gross salary of R 12500 a month - 862 medical aid - 1752 provident fund. I stay in Johannesburg CBD.

Please assist.
#Mladen on Mar 14, 2012 :
Simon, I did push some recent updates to prices.
#Simon on Mar 14, 2012 :
Who compiled this data has got it wrong, rental for a 1 bed apartment is closer to about R 2500.00 per month for something decent. I rent out a 1 bed apartment in one of the most sought after suburbs and get R 4600.00 per month. Your utilities calculations is way out by 100 % , Internet costs me R300.00 uncapped incl 1200 minutes free on all landline telephone calls. A new Golf 1.4 sells for about R 110 K not R 204 K Oranges cost about R 12.00 a pocket. Wine ( mid range ) about R 30.00. Can of .33 ml Coke about R 7.00 a can. Milk about R 7.50 a liter.

Please put correct info out
#David on Feb 20, 2012 :
In all cost of living data it seems no one allows for medical aid which for 2 people is about 380 Euros/month ! City center living? Quality of living in there is bad and cheaper by far than in the in outer regions. Who compiled this data?

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