Cost of Living in Durban

Summary about cost of living in Durban, South Africa:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 R 45.00-130.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 540.00 R 400.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50.00 R 45.00-55.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 26.00 R 15.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 30.00 R 28.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 26.00 R 22.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 15.50 R 12.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 11.00 R 10.00-12.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 65.24 R 45.42-90.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.87 R 7.94-14.51
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.32 R 5.44-15.42
Eggs (regular) (12) 25.54 R 19.00-40.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 46.39 R 36.29-62.60
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 30.81 R 13.61-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 45.46 R 38.56-68.04
Apples (1 lb) 10.10 R 5.90-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 9.69 R 6.35-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 10.06 R 5.44-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 9.31 R 4.08-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 7.22 R 3.63-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 6.92 R 3.63-11.34
Lettuce (1 head) 15.83 R 14.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.75 R 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 65.00 R 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 20.37 R 13.64-25.76
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 21.88 R 14.50-30.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 44.50 R 40.00-55.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 15.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 600.00 R 500.00-700.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 R 10.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 16.09-16.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 R 50.00-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 60.28 R 54.89-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 290,000.00 R 245,000.00-344,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 333,033.33 R 270,000.00-388,200.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,294.95 R 775.00-2,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.28 R 1.00-1.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 850.00 R 650.00-1,300.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 518.50 R 250.00-900.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 110.00 R
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 77.50 R 65.00-150.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,961.11 R 2,000.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 63,333.33 R 50,000.00-80,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 775.00 R 600.00-800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 558.33 R 350.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,291.67 R 1,000.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,080.00 R 450.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,333.33 R 4,000.00-6,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,537.50 R 4,000.00-9,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,285.71 R 10,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,812.50 R 7,500.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 492.38 R
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,358.84 R 836.12-2,322.56
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 15,000.00 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.07 7.00-13.00

Prices in Durban

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Last update: June 2021
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6 Comments so far
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.
sunil on Dec 04, 2017:
Iam getting job in Durban(south africa) salary offered is - 11,000 zar per month + single accomodation + transport ....Is it enough to live in durban.

please reply
Daniel on Dec 01, 2017:
The data shown here for purchasing power might be true for the lucky few, upper strata of society, but it's enough to take a walk down most streets in the center, let alone go into realize there is no way the "average" people in Durban or pretty much anywhere in South-Africa do so well. In fact the reality is quite tragic, a large chunk of the population have nothing, and I mean nothing, living in squalid conditions.

Based on GDP per capita, as well as other figures, I would guesstimate South-Africa is at a similar level to countries like Ukraine, Albania if we had to use examples from Europe. But according to numbeo figures, its close to being on par with Spain, Italy, and much higher than countries like Czech Republic or Poland, which of course is just non-sense.
Ahmed on Jun 02, 2017:
I am thinking of retirement with an income of about 13000 Zar per month and I think Durban might be the right city for me will this be enough to live in Durban
Thanks to any one will have the time to answer this