Cost of Living in Cape Town

Summary about cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 125.00 R 80.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 R 400.00-950.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 R 54.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35.00 R 22.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 R 30.00-55.00
Cappuccino (regular) 28.71 R 22.00-37.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 13.67 R 11.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.45 R 9.00-18.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 52.86 R 37.85-79.46
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.31 R 7.94-16.33
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.74 R 5.44-13.61
Eggs (regular) (12) 30.72 R 16.00-45.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 50.44 R 36.29-70.76
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 35.20 R 19.05-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 51.21 R 31.75-80.57
Apples (1 lb) 10.03 R 6.80-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 9.91 R 7.26-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 10.65 R 3.63-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 9.59 R 4.08-12.25
Potato (1 lb) 7.76 R 3.18-14.51
Onion (1 lb) 7.93 R 4.54-12.70
Lettuce (1 head) 15.86 R 12.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.58 R 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 R 50.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 21.51 R 12.00-30.30
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 26.71 R 13.99-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 47.50 R 41.00-54.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 15.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 550.00 R 300.00-650.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 11.00 R 10.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.31 R 12.87-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 48.00 R 30.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 60.24 R 53.00-66.81
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 265,000.00 R 240,000.00-350,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 346,969.23 R 300,000.00-400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,538.04 R 1,000.00-3,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.35 R 0.70-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 801.49 R 600.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 509.80 R 300.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 145.00 R 100.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 R 80.00-120.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,260.00 R 2,200.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 83,100.00 R 57,600.00-180,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 763.92 R 500.00-900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 537.84 R 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,258.79 R 800.00-1,800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,225.00 R 650.00-1,800.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 9,743.33 R 7,500.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,226.67 R 6,000.00-9,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,957.31 R 17,932.64-26,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,520.00 R 10,000.00-16,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,214.45 R 2,322.56-4,180.60
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,972.57 R 1,130.04-2,787.07
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 22,880.95 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.09 6.00-10.00

Prices in Cape Town

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Last update: September 2021
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4 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 07, 2021:
Your estimates of monthly expenditure are way out. I challenge you to live on R8611pm without rent (in Cape Town). This is very misleading.
Matthew on Mar 31, 2021:
Hello, I think that this website has given me good information for a project on Cape Town
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.