Cost of Living in Johannesburg

Summary of cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 165.00 R 85.00-350.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 R 500.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 R 60.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 37.00 R 20.00-55.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.00 R 30.00-55.00
Cappuccino (regular) 32.87 R 21.00-45.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 15.59 R 12.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 11.66 R 10.00-17.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 74.18 R 56.78-113.52
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 15.03 R 9.63-19.96
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.08 R 8.61-24.49
Eggs (regular) (12) 34.77 R 24.00-51.98
Local Cheese (1 lb) 56.35 R 36.29-86.18
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 37.38 R 24.95-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 59.79 R 40.37-86.18
Apples (1 lb) 12.18 R 8.61-16.33
Banana (1 lb) 12.21 R 7.26-16.33
Oranges (1 lb) 11.64 R 4.54-22.68
Tomato (1 lb) 12.07 R 8.62-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 10.18 R 4.51-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 10.77 R 5.44-14.06
Lettuce (1 head) 18.09 R 15.00-23.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.55 R 12.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 89.00 R 50.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 21.61 R 14.00-38.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 28.79 R 16.99-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.00 R 45.00-61.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 31.00 R 20.00-90.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,300.00 R 500.00-2,800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 25.00 R 17.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 29.77 R 16.09-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 51.83 R 40.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 92.45 R 83.28-102.21
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 350,000.00 R 300,000.00-450,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 382,809.67 R 329,000.00-440,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,179.69 R 1,200.00-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.39 R 0.79-3.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 813.42 R 600.00-1,250.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 620.76 R 300.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 166.29 R 78.82-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 112.00 R 100.00-170.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,291.43 R 2,400.00-6,666.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 88,394.72 R 35,000.00-150,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 853.20 R 500.00-1,250.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 538.83 R 250.00-980.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,507.52 R 899.00-2,099.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,348.64 R 700.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,127.85 R 4,999.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,214.27 R 4,500.00-8,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,594.36 R 8,500.00-23,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,032.41 R 9,000.00-18,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,367.37 R 743.22-2,562.97
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,157.88 R 650.32-1,858.05
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 25,560.67 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.05 8.00-12.00

Prices in Johannesburg

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Last update: May 2023
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13 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 22, 2023:
It continually baffles me when people, especially, white South Africans (With emphasis on Afrikaner South Africans) spew so much hate towards South Africa online. If you don't like it here, why don't you move elsewhere?
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2023:
Scathing comments by Anonymous January 24 2023 spot on correct. If something isn't done within the end of this year SA will cease to function.So many missed opportunities for large businesses to come creating badly needed employment but irregular electric reliability is a dead end for us all.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2023:
Also just remember when electricity is off due to rolling blackouts it's the same price plus tarrifs do the math you cannot afford to live here.Currently 43% unemployment rate and climbing daily.It doesn't matter if you're white black or a zebra highly skilled finding a job that pays well will be a lost cause
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2023:
Furthermore average electricity cost us R 4,500 monthly for our 3bd 2 both home.Double everything listed here is more like it.Eskom run by government 18.6% tartif increase starting February 1st 2023.Locals living in Jburg normally have family working living together is the only reason why they can live here
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2023:
I'm not random but instead native SA Keep in mind I've worked in Chicago, Detroit, and La.Those cities are very safe compared to any big cities in SA.Even small cities are very dangerous.Myself and all of my family live 1 hour outside of Jburg.Crime rates should be above 100 in J burg it's that dangerous.
Rhys Butcher on Jan 16, 2022:
What is the based off of just random people typing in random Data, I Guarantee you that R9.5k without rent etc is insane the majority of people live off a lot less than that per month in Total Inc Rent, food ,water ,power Etc These statistic are way out of bounds
Claire on Aug 24, 2021:
What hasn't been taken into account here is insurance which is a must in SA, you should be prepared to get:
1. Medical Aid
2. Household & car insurance
3. Private security
Alex on Jan 06, 2021:
I live in Johannesburg, and have done so for over 20 years. The average salary unfortunately is not R21 000. The majority of my friends earn on average R10,000-R15,000 after tax. This of course does not take into account highly specialized positions which will earn a much higher amount.
Elizabeth on Dec 12, 2020:
How hard is it to get a job in Johannesburg as an expat? And what kind of jobs are available
I assume you need a work visa, how do you get it? Can it be done while there?
Leyla Hussien on Nov 23, 2019:
I’m about to move to Johannesburg. So will 500$ will be enough to live for a month? House rent fee excluded.
West African Expat on Oct 29, 2019:
SANDTON IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE AREA IN JOHANNESBURG - Below is my assessment as someone currently living a decent lifestyle (i.e. nice home, eat out at nice restaurant etc) in Sandton

1. Rent in Sandton will cost R15,000 monthly for 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom fully furnished (washing machine, dish washer, microwave, refridgerator, bedroom and living area furniture). Check private property or property24 websites for pictures and prices.
2. Prepaid electricity is about R700 monthly max during winter when your heater is on most times.
3. Most complexes/estates have gym facility and swimming pool so you may not need to subscribe separately
4. The most expensive cable tv subscription is R899 monthly (DSTV PREMIUM). IF you don't want cable tv,
stick to Netflix - some apartments are already furnished with Smart TV.
5. Mobile subscription and data is about R700 monthly. As at January 2019, 10Gb on Vodacom is R605, 5Gb is
Your apartment may already supply internet, if not, that's another R1000

1. If you live in Sandton, Athol, Morningside, Bryanston, Woodmead etc, you will need to get a car. You can
get a car through Bank Finance depending on where you work and if your salary is paid to the Bank.
2. Repayment on your car will be about R7,000 monthly for an SUV if you choose to pay back in 3years. The
monthly repayment reduces as the repayment period elongates, hence you will pay less if you choose to
pay back in 5 years.
3. Insurance premium on your car can be as high as R1500 monthly or lower depending on where you live
4. Your car tracker is about R99 - R200 monthly depending on the package you pick. You need the tracker to
insure the car.

1. Gym subscription with Virgin Active gym through discovery is about R300
2. Medical monthly charge varies based on the option you select. you can check the discovery website for
different types of packages and coverage.

1. There are various restaurants - Mc Donalds, Tashas, Krispy Kreme, KFC, Chinese restaurants and take out
places. You can also choose to go into Checkers, Pick n pay, woolworth, Shoprite etc to buy ingredients
to make your own meals.
2. There are various Indian, Chinese, African markets where spices and local delicacies are sold. Most of
them are around Randburg (ask for Carriera Market) or Foodlover's market

There are many malls and shopping centres across the city. You'll find food, clothes, drycleaners, salon, book stores etc in most of them

Clothes/Shoes - Pick n Pay, Woolworth, Aldo, Edgars, Zara, H&M, Nike, Addidas, Trenery, Tory Burch, Gucci, Karen Miller, etc Check Sandton Mall or Mall of Africa
Anonymous on Aug 23, 2019:
Is kuazulu natal safe? Thinking of moving to empangeni, how is cost of living there?
sudha bhise on Jul 25, 2019:
Johannesburg power company hit by a ransomware attack