Cost of Living in Johannesburg

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 43.04
Rent Index: 18.46
Groceries Index: 35.42
Restaurants Index: 39.44
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 31.41
Local Purchasing Power: 115.33
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 R 80.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 450.00 R 350.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50.00 R 46.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 25.00 R 15.00-30.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 30.00 R 20.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 21.96 R 18.50-25.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 10.94 R 8.00-15.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.91 R 7.00-12.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 52.92 R 45.42-64.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 10.97 R 9.06-12.70
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.11 R 5.44-10.43
Eggs (12) 24.87 R 17.20-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 38.47 R 28.12-49.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 29.55 R 22.68-36.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 40.39 R 31.75-49.44
Apples (1 lb) 9.62 R 7.71-11.79
Banana (1 lb) 8.11 R 5.44-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 10.14 R 6.80-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 8.62 R 6.80-11.34
Potato (1 lb) 7.38 R 4.98-9.07
Onion (1 lb) 6.95 R 4.54-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 13.25 R 12.00-15.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.22 R 12.00-18.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 R 45.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 18.28 R 12.00-25.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 26.47 R 17.00-40.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 37.50 R 34.00-41.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 15.00 R 10.00-24.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 510.00 R 400.00-850.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 22.00 R 15.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 12.07-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 75.00 R 50.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 48.00 R 45.42-49.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 290,000.00 R 240,000.00-306,400.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 261,106.67 R 226,600.00-280,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,044.89 R 700.00-1,558.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.66 R 1.00-2.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 846.37 R 699.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 436.20 R 219.00-699.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 105.91 R 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 70.00 R 60.00-85.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 763.53 R 600.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 556.92 R 400.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,098.07 R 800.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,048.96 R 700.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,522.86 R 4,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,931.16 R 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,745.45 R 9,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,109.83 R 7,500.00-13,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,214.52 R 929.02-1,672.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 858.36 R 743.22-929.02
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 19,651.11 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.07 9.20-11.00

Prices in Johannesburg, South Africa

These data are based on 2771 entries in the past 18 months from 278 different contributors.
Last update: October, 2016
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Cost of living in Johannesburg is 56.96% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 503.25$ (6,997.16R) and for four person family at 1,766.43$ (24,560.34R) (without rent).
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25 Comments so far

#sachin on Jul 20, 2016 :
Rent(full furnish) = 3500-4500 R
Food (Veg.)= 2500 R
(non Veg.)= 3000 R
Transport = 1000 R
above amount is enough for living in johannesburg, so you can calculate your saving.
#Sharma on Jul 20, 2016 :
if you earn more than 10000R per month, it is enough for food and apartment in johannesburg for a couple.
#Zaland on May 17, 2016 :
the exchange rate asof today 17 may 2016 is 15.66 rand for 1 dollar. 100 dollar is abt 1600 rand. Times dollar by 16 to get rand
#Zaland on May 17, 2016 :
With 1500 dollar you can live and feed yourself. You can get an apartment for 4000 rand in a modest apartment and live off the other 4000 easily. if you find a n apartment that is betwwen 3000-3500 it is even better. it would not be near city though.
#Misi on Nov 13, 2015 :
Someone please what is the equivalent of R to a $ USD urgent thanks...
#Chris on Jul 08, 2015 :
This data is not credible for example 2kg rice cost around R18-20. I buy 60 eggs for about R60. For more info check part of Walmart or and compare these prices. There was a gentleman from India wanted to know about electricity our electric is still very cheap compare to India but we as locals feels to be expensive. In previous years SA used to have the cheapest electricity. Regarding the accommodation it depends where you want to stay. North is expensive and beautiful.
#darnell thompson on Jun 01, 2015 :
I just wanted to say how proud I am to be an
African-Negro.And,i will be moved somewhere home in Africa.I planned on waiting until I aged a little bit for to move home because I planned to finish the education in Colorado to start a career.To prepare myself to move home.Not to change the subject but, I tell a lot of this Negro-americans that if it wasn't for Africa,they would have never had the opportunity to call themselves americans.Now me,I'm an AFrican-Negro and, an African-Negro only.I don't give a damn where I grow up that means nothing to me.Thank you so much my Beautiful African folks for giving your time.I love you dearly and,will see you in the future.
#vinod pol on Mar 11, 2015 :
I would like to have a approx admission and monthly fees for second stranded and six slandered indian or international school. also monthly family expanses for 4 person ( two kids and one couple) .
#micheal tochukwu on Feb 28, 2015 :
Which marketingArea is gud for Starting an electrical business in johasburge
#vibin on Jan 06, 2015 :
hi friends i am from india. if i will get job there. Minimum how much salary should need for living good life at Johannesburg.

pls suggest me

#Dieb on Sep 29, 2014 :
How much do you think electricity would monthly cost for a 2 bed appart of 121 square meter ?(familly of 3?)
#Dieb on Sep 29, 2014 :
How much do you think electricity would monthly cost for a 2 bed appart of 121 square meter ?(familly of 3?)
#Jess on Sep 04, 2014 :
The cost of living in Jhb is hard to calculate because all areas have different prices, i mean the price of a can of coke in Midrand is different from a can of coke in the East rand.
#Tiana Barclay on Aug 16, 2014 :
How much is a rand worth compared to a usa currency?
#narayanan on Jul 16, 2014 :
how much should an individual earn to live in S.Africa with his/ her family. I am into international logistics and freight forwarding.
#SAM on Jun 09, 2014 :
Can i live & feed myself in johannesburg for one month with 6300 Rand ?
#Ali on Apr 07, 2014 :
There is no staility in cost of living calculations. Public transport is actually R30.00 daily and fuel price goes up every month not to mention the current etoll. Food prices go up by a rand or two every month. Consumers are really just being abused in Johannesburg.
#Rob on Mar 27, 2014 :
18 Rand for a draught beer? Where? The cheap bars are 20 Rand. Go somewhere like Melrose Arch and you're paying 35 Rand.
#Ingrid sternberg on Mar 18, 2014 :
I need to know what the increase will be for petrol and consumer goods (percentage wise) in the next 6 months.
#Anonymous on Mar 05, 2014 :
R17,868.76 ,disposable income! Are you crazy! Very VERY few people with that sort of "dispossable income". Is that the amount considered disposable after medical aid payments, fuel etc... I don't know may people who make that much no matter have it as dispossable.
#Sani on Jan 31, 2014 :
Hello, Please can somebody help me the total amount for visiting Johannesburg from Lagos, Nigeria for 6 days
#Lissa Lisseva on Jan 30, 2014 :
What is the salary for a civil engineer with over 20 years experience, bearing in mind the
cost of living. What could be the size of the salary?
#sami on Nov 14, 2013 :
How much is the sa tourist passport fee in south africa plz?
#K on Jan 22, 2013 :
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 500.00 R

Not sure where they got this figure as 6mbps internet ADSL does not exist in SA and our fastest ADSL (4mbps) is over R1000 if you include all Telkom rentals etc.

Overseas (UK, Aus ) you get data deals which include satellite tv for about 20 pounds or 50 AU$. Satellite tv in South Africa is over 700 Rand per month.(no data included)
#Ashutosh on Jan 07, 2013 :
With R 20k, is it possible for a persons new to start life in Johannesburg ?