Cost of Living in Durban

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 38.99
Rent Index: 13.63
Groceries Index: 31.68
Restaurants Index: 36.83
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 26.88
Local Purchasing Power: 106.97
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 R 60.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 400.00 R 300.00-500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50.00 R 40.00-55.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 20.00 R 15.00-25.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 25.00 R 20.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 19.14 R 15.00-22.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 10.48 R 9.00-14.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.86 R 6.00-8.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 47.18 R 41.64-56.78
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 10.88 R 9.07-11.79
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.53 R 6.35-9.98
Eggs (12) 22.74 R 18.00-31.90
Local Cheese (1 lb) 34.93 R 24.95-49.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 26.47 R 17.69-30.84
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 34.43 R 27.22-40.82
Apples (1 lb) 7.71 R 5.90-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 6.57 R 4.54-10.89
Oranges (1 lb) 6.09 R 5.44-6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 7.81 R 4.08-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 8.04 R 4.08-10.43
Onion (1 lb) 6.41 R 4.08-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 11.92 R 10.00-15.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.67 R 12.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 R 35.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 16.88 R 12.00-25.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 21.00 R 15.00-30.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 35.00 R 30.00-40.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 11.00 R 10.00-16.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 400.00 R 200.00-500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 15.00 R 10.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 R 19.31-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 130.00 R 120.00-140.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 46.90 R 45.42-49.21
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 238,000.00 R 189,990.00-299,850.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 260,950.00 R 250,000.00-276,300.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,150.65 R 800.00-1,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.62 R 1.00-2.60
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 646.33 R 400.00-880.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 424.37 R 300.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 45.00 R 25.00-70.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 67.50 R 50.00-80.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 640.00 R 500.00-850.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 447.07 R 300.00-600.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 906.19 R 700.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 887.50 R 600.00-1,200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,454.55 R 3,000.00-5,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,561.54 R 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,250.00 R 6,000.00-13,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,875.00 R 6,000.00-12,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 773.41 R 650.32-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 824.51 R 650.32-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 15,533.33 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.55 9.00-10.50

Prices in Durban, South Africa

These data are based on 1037 entries in the past 18 months from 107 different contributors.
Last update: December, 2016
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Cost of living in Durban is 61.01% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 450.01$ (6,240.18R) and for four person family at 1,560.88$ (21,644.64R) (without rent).
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4 Comments so far

#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...
#A. on May 01, 2014 :
1. Taxi fares are typically advertised as R10—R16/km. This is what most scrupulous companies charge. There are only 3 of them – Eagle, mozzie Cabs and Zippy Cabs. The rest charge between R18 and R25/km. Although the Metro is supposed to regulate the meters, its not clear that this is the case. Eagle are probably the cheapest at around R11/km.

2. I found this advert for the Golf Trendline 1.4 . People in SA take cars seriously and buy much more than they can actually afford which may contribute to our second-hand market. I’m not sure if this is the same model used in the comparison:

3. I’m also somewhat sceptical about the price of Internet data. The tarrifs for the provider are available here but are, typical of Telkom, indecipherable. In addition, uncapped accounts are usually subject to shaping and high contention ratios and some oversubscribed exchanges. The price quoted in the tariff sheet does not include data to the best of my knowledge – I believe this is charged separately.
#Lisa on Sep 18, 2013 :
For someone who is returning to Durban after 14 years in the UK, this is extremely helpful!
#buzigi on Dec 23, 2012 :
i really like south africa and for this christmas what i would request God is to allow entry in south africa and make alot of money and make it my next home of my life . Amen