Cost of Living in Durban

Summary about cost of living in Durban, South Africa:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 R 80.00-280.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 590.00 R 500.00-950.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 68.50 R 51.90-80.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 33.00 R 23.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 R 30.00-60.00
Cappuccino (regular) 29.47 R 20.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 16.71 R 12.00-30.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.25 R 10.00-22.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 64.69 R 49.21-102.21
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 13.32 R 9.07-17.19
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.50 R 6.80-13.61
Eggs (regular) (12) 27.69 R 18.00-36.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 51.45 R 40.82-63.50
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 33.75 R 20.41-44.91
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 55.62 R 40.82-81.64
Apples (1 lb) 10.71 R 5.90-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 9.26 R 6.80-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 9.84 R 4.54-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 9.34 R 4.54-15.88
Potato (1 lb) 7.15 R 4.54-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 6.89 R 4.08-12.70
Lettuce (1 head) 16.19 R 12.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.68 R 12.00-18.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 R 50.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 19.06 R 13.00-30.30
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 27.57 R 15.00-35.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 R 45.00-65.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 20.00-38.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 740.00 R 500.00-800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 R 12.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 16.09-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 85.00 R 50.00-1,040.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 78.13 R 74.08-83.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 313,000.00 R 250,000.00-413,600.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 388,730.77 R 300,000.00-450,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,141.96 R 935.00-4,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.46 R 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 827.69 R 600.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 559.00 R 300.00-900.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 102.00 R 40.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 95.00 R 65.00-150.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,835.19 R 2,000.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 59,250.00 R 50,000.00-80,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 775.93 R 400.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 525.00 R 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,296.43 R 700.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,261.54 R 600.00-1,700.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,346.15 R 4,000.00-8,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,750.00 R 4,500.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,541.67 R 8,500.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,750.00 R 9,000.00-17,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,052.89 R 743.22-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,252.58 R 836.12-1,672.24
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 20,253.50 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.41 7.00-12.00

Prices in Durban

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Last update: June 2022
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4 Comments so far
Padmanathan Reddy on Jan 04, 2022:
Thank you very much for the cost of living costs,it's a fair assesessment of the prices in Durban,the fuel prices will drop by a out 70c
Chad Fitzpatrick on Apr 23, 2020:
I am so impressed with this, thanks for the effort.
Any chance you can add pet insurance as one of the things? I am thinking about moving back and think it would be a good idea to include. Do they even insure pets in SA??? haha
Sergey on Dec 29, 2018:
I’ve been to Durban recently, for a real-estate deal. My impression is that is firstly a very-very dangerous place. I come originally from Moscow, which can also be dangerous in some ways, but what I saw in Durban, its a much higher level, like you don’t feel safe anywhere.

As for cost of living, some things like property is quite cheaper, food/supermarket prices also, but have to add that when comparing to Europe, especially Western Europe, the quality of stuff in general is very subpar. Especially for properties, that is my business, I was shocked to see the condition of some buildings considered to be average for middle class. Only the luxury& super luxury properties would be considered “acceptable” by European standards.

All in all, Durban and South-Africa in general are quite far from what I would call a civilized country, and you have to be really rich, even by international standards to live a truly comfortable life.
kim on Oct 05, 2018:
Hi . Some of the prices need to be revised, e.g. petrol now costs us R16.85 a liter.