Cost of Living Comparison Between Cape Town and Johannesburg 

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Consumer Prices in Johannesburg are 7.2% higher than in Cape Town (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Johannesburg are 6.1% lower than in Cape Town
Rent Prices in Johannesburg are 36.6% lower than in Cape Town
Restaurant Prices in Johannesburg are 2.9% higher than in Cape Town
Groceries Prices in Johannesburg are 1.9% lower than in Cape Town
Local Purchasing Power in Johannesburg is 1.7% higher than in Cape Town
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Restaurants
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 155.00 R 155.00 R      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 R 800.00 R      +14.3 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 90.00 R 80.00 R      -11.1 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 R 40.00 R      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50.00 R 35.00 R      -30.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 37.03 R 34.61 R      -6.5 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 16.81 R 19.00 R      +13.0 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 12.75 R 13.25 R      +4.0 %
Markets
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 66.73 R 77.02 R      +15.4 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 15.55 R 16.31 R      +4.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 13.18 R 14.17 R      +7.5 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 41.88 R 37.28 R      -11.0 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 65.98 R 61.55 R      -6.7 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 42.04 R 36.80 R      -12.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 53.67 R 50.22 R      -6.4 %
Apples (1 lb) 12.36 R 12.76 R      +3.3 %
Banana (1 lb) 12.80 R 12.79 R      -0.1 %
Oranges (1 lb) 11.98 R 11.10 R      -7.4 %
Tomato (1 lb) 12.19 R 12.93 R      +6.0 %
Potato (1 lb) 10.62 R 10.38 R      -2.3 %
Onion (1 lb) 11.31 R 12.37 R      +9.3 %
Lettuce (1 head) 18.65 R 19.03 R      +2.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.74 R 15.50 R      -7.4 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 85.00 R 100.00 R      +17.6 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 21.24 R 20.32 R      -4.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 28.85 R 27.43 R      -4.9 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 R 56.00 R      +12.0 %
Transportation
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 34.00 R      +70.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 652.17 R 1,386.88 R      +112.7 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 R 20.50 R      +2.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 R 32.19 R      +33.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 55.00 R 70.00 R      +27.3 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 87.80 R 88.65 R      +1.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 349,100.00 R 350,000.00 R      +0.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 406,650.55 R 422,077.27 R      +3.8 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,681.60 R 2,205.77 R      +31.2 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 669.32 R 676.67 R      +1.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 765.79 R 807.54 R      +5.5 %
Sports And Leisure
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 642.72 R 616.19 R      -4.1 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 128.12 R 205.67 R      +60.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 104.00 R 120.00 R      +15.4 %
Childcare
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,314.81 R 4,378.26 R      +32.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 76,942.81 R 93,045.45 R      +20.9 %
Clothing And Shoes
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 809.03 R 854.56 R      +5.6 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 517.27 R 601.96 R      +16.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,559.68 R 1,542.00 R      -1.1 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,335.29 R 1,540.53 R      +15.4 %
Rent Per Month
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,794.12 R 7,324.00 R      -37.9 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,820.00 R 6,079.38 R      -22.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 25,133.33 R 13,369.57 R      -46.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,716.67 R 11,565.17 R      -26.4 %
Buy Apartment Price
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,383.94 R 1,489.76 R      -56.0 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,313.58 R 1,214.79 R      -47.5 %
Salaries And Financing
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 28,822.29 R 27,512.74 R      -4.5 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.68 11.04      -5.5 %
Last update: March 2024February 2024
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