Cost of Living Comparison Between Cape Town and Johannesburg 

Indices DifferenceInfo
Consumer Prices in Johannesburg are 7.95% higher than in Cape Town (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Johannesburg are 4.78% lower than in Cape Town
Rent Prices in Johannesburg are 29.99% lower than in Cape Town
Restaurant Prices in Johannesburg are 3.44% higher than in Cape Town
Groceries Prices in Johannesburg are 0.60% lower than in Cape Town
Local Purchasing Power in Johannesburg is 7.72% lower than in Cape Town
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Restaurants
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 R 120.00 R      0.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 550.00 R 600.00 R      +9.09 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 R 60.00 R      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35.00 R 34.00 R      -2.86 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 R 40.00 R      0.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 28.00 R 28.03 R      +0.09 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 14.06 R 14.33 R      +1.91 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.93 R 11.81 R      +8.12 %
Markets
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 53.55 R 62.74 R      +17.15 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.49 R 13.05 R      +4.46 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 10.22 R 10.22 R      +0.05 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 31.27 R 31.15 R      -0.38 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 50.69 R 51.44 R      +1.47 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 34.67 R 34.64 R      -0.08 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 49.47 R 47.76 R      -3.44 %
Apples (1 lb) 10.68 R 10.88 R      +1.85 %
Banana (1 lb) 10.29 R 9.77 R      -5.06 %
Oranges (1 lb) 10.42 R 10.10 R      -3.04 %
Tomato (1 lb) 10.05 R 9.83 R      -2.10 %
Potato (1 lb) 8.92 R 8.38 R      -6.05 %
Onion (1 lb) 8.19 R 8.22 R      +0.38 %
Lettuce (1 head) 15.58 R 15.47 R      -0.71 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.11 R 14.70 R      +4.18 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 R 75.00 R      -6.25 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 22.83 R 21.43 R      -6.14 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.87 R 27.69 R      -10.32 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 R 45.00 R      0.00 %
Transportation
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 35.00 R      +75.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 525.00 R 1,147.83 R      +118.63 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 17.50 R 25.00 R      +42.86 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.31 R 18.51 R      -4.17 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 R 100.00 R      +100.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 57.08 R 57.47 R      +0.69 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 270,000.00 R 330,000.00 R      +22.22 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 314,975.86 R 317,737.93 R      +0.88 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,354.16 R 1,635.14 R      +20.75 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.80 R 1.65 R      -8.08 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 857.69 R 919.13 R      +7.16 %
Sports And Leisure
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 493.17 R 463.99 R      -5.92 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 137.62 R 155.00 R      +12.63 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 R 90.00 R      -10.00 %
Childcare
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,133.33 R 3,600.46 R      +14.91 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 65,785.79 R 89,929.33 R      +36.70 %
Clothing And Shoes
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 713.97 R 785.98 R      +10.09 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 512.23 R 522.47 R      +2.00 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,231.03 R 1,327.64 R      +7.85 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,232.72 R 1,307.00 R      +6.03 %
Rent Per Month
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 10,521.05 R 6,735.29 R      -35.98 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,539.47 R 6,076.92 R      -19.40 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 21,461.73 R 13,553.55 R      -36.85 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,176.47 R 11,230.23 R      -20.78 %
Buy Apartment Price
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,236.12 R 1,408.62 R      -56.47 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,958.70 R 1,071.61 R      -45.29 %
Salaries And Financing
Cape Town Edit Johannesburg Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 21,840.92 R 19,190.75 R      -12.13 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.45 7.98      -5.61 %
Last update: April 2021May 2021
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