Cost of Living in Cape Town

Summary about cost of living in Cape Town:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 140.00 R 100.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 R 400.00-700.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 R 50.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35.00 R 30.00-40.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 R 30.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.03 R 23.00-33.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 13.88 R 10.00-22.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.45 R 8.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 51.10 R 37.85-68.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.44 R 9.07-15.42
Rice (white), (1 lb) 10.47 R 6.80-13.61
Eggs (regular) (12) 31.48 R 20.00-42.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 48.12 R 36.29-58.06
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 36.34 R 27.22-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 48.24 R 34.02-63.50
Apples (1 lb) 10.46 R 7.26-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 8.73 R 5.44-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 8.79 R 6.35-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 8.05 R 5.44-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 6.49 R 4.54-11.34
Onion (1 lb) 6.30 R 4.54-10.89
Lettuce (1 head) 14.09 R 10.00-22.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.29 R 11.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 68.00 R 50.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 22.83 R 11.00-30.30
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.29 R 20.00-40.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 R 34.00-40.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 15.00 R 10.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 450.00 R 300.00-665.22
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 17.50 R 10.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 16.09-19.31
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 48.00 R 40.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 58.91 R 54.13-62.38
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 300,000.00 R 180,000.00-350,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 282,485.37 R 200,000.00-331,100.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,046.24 R 566.67-2,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.52 R 0.80-2.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 995.30 R 700.00-1,300.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 537.03 R 300.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 134.00 R 50.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 85.00 R 80.00-100.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,975.00 R 1,600.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 57,557.58 R 25,000.00-100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 770.81 R 550.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 489.80 R 350.00-699.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,277.52 R 900.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,216.12 R 800.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,246.03 R 8,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,500.00 R 5,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 23,166.67 R 18,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,158.33 R 11,800.00-21,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,561.96 R 2,136.75-5,109.62
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,741.84 R 882.57-3,251.58
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 17,493.99 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.55 10.00-12.50

Prices in Cape Town

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Last update: October 2019
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10 Comments so far

#Cal Winters on Mar 17, 2019 :
Rental costs in Cape Town are close to international major city prices, with a steep drop-off the moment you get away from the "Cape Town" people talk about (City Bowl, Atlantic Coast or just east of table mountain e.g Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Newlands, etc). If you're planning to move to Cape Town, it's the "international" prices you'll pay, unless you plan to live out of the city and commute - the distinction is a bit like San Francisco - don't confuse "Bay Area" with the city.

Here are some live listings of apartments in the City Bowl:

1 Bedroom apartments are going for as much as R20,000/mo and tiny studios can be well over R10,000/mo.

3 Bedroom places go for anywhere between R25,000/mo and R45,000+/mo. If you want somewhere "nice", you'll be up the top end of that scale and beyond.

Outside Cape Town, prices drop off dramatically for just about everything. Can't help but think those prices are pulling almost everything in this list down. Having lived in San Francsico, London and Melbourne, (the best of) Cape Town is certainly cheaper, but not by a lot.

It'd be great if the prices quoted on Numbeo were what you could expect, but unless you're living "out the city" (i.e. outside of what people _mean_ when they're talking about the "Cape Town" you want to live in/visit), good luck finding a place even close to Numbeo's estimates.
#Thales on Aug 17, 2018 :
Hi all. I`d like to know the price of a basic lunch (portion of rice, piece of meat, some vegetables, eggs). Somebody told me once that costs about US$30 in Cape Town, expensive for me. In Brazil I can have a very decent lunch for US$5.
#Nick Bischoff on Dec 21, 2016 :
Would it be feasible or of assistance if I would undertake to submit to you data relevant for the City of George in the Garden Route district of the Western Cape.

There is no other City between Cape Town & Port Elizabeth.

I could send you statistics to assist in making an assessment but I can also provide an immediate motivation.

George is one of the most poorly paid areas with the gap between the lower end income and middle management at R394.72 per hour being R375.97 at R17.75. Population growth from 2001 to 2016 is around 82% from a base in 2001 at 121 299 population.

Your lead here would be valuable indeed.

Nick Bischoff
#heather malcomess on Jul 23, 2016 :
please do a stat on commercial floor space
price per meter
related cost
#Mrs.K on Jul 16, 2016 :
What is the price for House Insurance/Car Insurance/Medical+Dental plans??
#Mrs.K on Jul 09, 2016 :
Medical and Dental is a huge expense in SA which is not calculated above. Also car insurance and if you have a house, home insurance. For a family of 4 medical and dental works out about R1000 per month.
#Don on May 12, 2016 :
Apartment prices are not that high. Live in 2 bedroom apartment just out of city centre for 5500. 3 course meals for two are more expensive than 400
#Dan on Mar 23, 2016 :
The salary prices to appear to be massively biased toward the class of people who would use a website like this. The vast majority of people in this city won't earn even close to one-third of that. Stats SA has the median at under R70000pa (
#Giorgos on Feb 22, 2016 :
I'm sorry to say but all this information is un-realistic.

When it comes to South-Africa, I look at all the cities, Joburg, Cape Town, Durban, and they show as having a higher standard of living than some European cities I've lived in as well, and can easily compare. When I say unrealistic, what I mean is that those salaries they show as "average" for South-Africa, they are NOT average at all. When compiling all this data, I am sure they only include the upper class, because I assure you, 80-90% of people in S. Africa cannot even dream of the net income/disposable income as its being described here. Its only the engineers, the doctors, the bankers, etc. who make this kind of money, the rest of the people are struggling on few thousands rands per month...
#cedrick on Feb 19, 2016 :
very useful infor in terms of starting a business because people use more than what they earn per month