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Cost of Living in Cape Town

Summary about cost of living in Cape Town:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.07 € 4.86-7.89
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 27.32 € 21.25-33.39
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.64 € 3.04-3.95
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.82 € 1.21-2.12
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.12 € 1.82-2.73
Cappuccino (regular) 1.42 € 1.21-1.82
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.71 € 0.55-0.91
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.61 € 0.42-0.91
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.00 € 2.30-4.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.48-0.83
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.30-0.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.42 € 1.09-2.12
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.59 € 1.93-3.30
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.81 € 1.24-2.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.50 € 1.90-3.58
Apples (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.39-0.69
Banana (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.36-0.69
Oranges (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.39-0.83
Tomato (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.41-0.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.28-0.83
Onion (1 lb) 0.40 € 0.22-0.69
Lettuce (1 head) 0.83 € 0.61-1.09
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.84 € 0.67-1.21
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3.64 € 3.04-4.86
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.08 € 0.73-1.82
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.73 € 1.09-3.04
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.40 € 2.12-2.73
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.73 € 0.61-1.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 21.25 € 15.18-36.42
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.76 € 0.61-1.21
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.98 € 0.98-1.17
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3.04 € 2.43-3.64
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.01 € 2.87-3.15
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,148.24 € 12,140.35-19,910.17
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,143.78 € 12,134.28-18,210.52
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 51.20 € 30.35-78.91
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 € 0.06-0.18
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 51.94 € 30.35-72.84
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32.88 € 18.21-48.56
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 5.02 € 3.04-9.11
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.55 € 3.64-5.16
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 196.40 € 139.61-273.16
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,046.78 € 2,428.07-6,070.17
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42.07 € 30.35-54.63
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.78 € 21.25-42.49
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 67.12 € 48.56-91.05
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 65.48 € 36.42-109.26
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 627.84 € 485.61-910.53
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 397.16 € 303.51-515.96
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,266.36 € 910.53-1,517.54
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 790.96 € 497.75-1,031.93
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 178.51 € 101.51-253.77
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 85.28 € 56.39-124.07
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,074.27 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 10.36 0.58-0.67

Prices in Cape Town

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Last update: November 2017
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17 Comments so far

#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
density
commodity
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 (http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=993&id=city-of-cape-town-municipality).
#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
#Heinrich Ferreira on Sep 23, 2015 :
Very useful. The disposable income is wrong though. The majority op people don't even earn R4000 a month before any deductions, never mind the R18k the article suggests as disposable.
#Anonymous on Sep 19, 2015 :
Very useful information .An eye opener for me when I visit .Also it helps me to understand the situation my children who live there are facing When they ask for help I now feel for them because the pound where I live is much stronger than the Rand .
#ilana domann on Feb 03, 2015 :
Your stats provide a lot of insight, however, I would like to see costs for private security, which most locals have to put in place, be it an alarm system, electric fences and the security response which is associated with that, taken into consideration. Our high insurance policy costs are influenced by these and are not reflected either. This takes a large chunk out of our disposable income on a monthly basis.
#Frank Appiah on Dec 13, 2014 :
I am planning to pursue a PhD studies in Cape Town. Could you please suggest a suitable residence for me?
#Edgar Schonfelder on Nov 30, 2014 :
The clothing costs are not typical. In South Africa Nike is "designer" prices. I can buy decent jeans for undet R80 at PEP!
#william on Sep 17, 2014 :
Please stop complain,come stay here in Brazil im capetonian,Brazil is 3 and 4 times more expensive than S.A. and the quality you get in S.A. is even better.
#Mr. Onyema Chijioke on Jun 28, 2014 :
Good day

Please I need picture sample of your apartment in cape town, their price rate and location. I am planning a one month family vacation to cape town

thanks

My regards
Chijioke O.
jamoservice@yahoo.com
+2348037814431
#Obruni on Apr 09, 2014 :
I'm wondering where people are living that their rates are so high. My house is valued by the city at 1.1m (and I paid much, much less than that for it), and all-in, my electricity, water, and rates are only R2500 a month, and that's inclusive of the attached granny flat which I rent out. So that's two households, R2200 a month.

For the amount of space I get for my money here, Cape Town will *never* be as expensive as first-worldy places. You people who think so are nuts. Even before I moved into my house, I was paying 60% less for a *furnished* 2br/2ba apartment in the CBD than I was paying for a *empty room* in New York. Get a grip.

Also, how in the world does a *household* spend 6.5k on electricity? Does your pool pump run 24/7? Do you have a jacuzzi that you never turn off?

Jana, you must be trying to live in an exclusively white area if you can't find decent one-bedrooms outside the city centre for 4000 a month. I'm doing searches and am finding lots. Even at SIX, which is practically in the city centre, you can still get a one-bedroom for 4000 a month.
#Andre on Jan 30, 2014 :
very True Jana! I think CT prices may have been "fixed" by loaclas who want to skew the real picture...

regardless though, I love CT, have been here two years, bought house in subs and not much more expensive than Potchefstroom!

All in all extra costs are WORTH it!!!