Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Cape Town - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiCape Town
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$876
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$1980
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$509
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$891
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$232
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$57.9
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$1114
🏙️ Population
1M
434k

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 99% more expensive than in Cape Town. Cities ranked 1730th and 5725th ($1741 vs $876) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 7th in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs South Africa comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.3 months in Cape Town. Abu Dhabi ranked 3rd best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Cape Town ranked 3rd in South Africa, while ranked 257th and 2662nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Cape Town

Abu DhabiCape Town
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$5.94
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$28.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$3.57
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$2.16
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$1.75
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.9
$0.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1151
$588
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$382
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$1079
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$709
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$40
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$62.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$46.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
10.34%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$2263
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$1211
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.03
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$38.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$7.96
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.92
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$0.89
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$0.77
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.06
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$2.02
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$6.38
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$4.96
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$6.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$1.45
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.46
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.41
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.27
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.05
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.15
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.61
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$1.23
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$5.39
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$1.3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$2.37
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$4.47
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$3.61
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$1.6
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$1.24
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$30.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$5.21
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$27.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$7.17
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$46.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$84
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$174
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$3322

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$1381
129 km or 80 miDubai
$1836
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$1224
143 km or 89 miAl Ain
$1450
152 km or 94 miAjman
$1537
170 km or 105 miUmm al-Quwain
$1162
211 km or 131 miFujairah
$1299
237 km or 147 miRas al-Khaimah
$1419
300 km or 187 miDoha
$1804
318 km or 198 miAl Khor
$1668
356 km or 221 miBandar Abbas
$453
365 km or 227 miNizwa
$787
395 km or 246 miSeeb
$1106
425 km or 264 miRiffa
$1077
427 km or 265 miManama
$1284
428 km or 266 miIsa Town
$1141
439 km or 273 miMuscat
$1034
454 km or 282 miJahrom
$442
468 km or 291 miDhahran
$840
481 km or 299 miDammam
$955
486 km or 302 miAl-Mubarraz
$901
501 km or 311 miFasa
$441
514 km or 320 miQatif
$651
548 km or 341 miJubail
$888
568 km or 353 miSirjan
$445
575 km or 357 miJiroft
$440
599 km or 372 miShiraz
$420
610 km or 379 miBushehr
$412
617 km or 384 miBorazjan
$441
620 km or 385 miMarvdasht
$443
632 km or 392 miKazerun
$441
637 km or 396 miChabahar
$440
649 km or 404 miBam
$442
678 km or 421 miRafsanjan
$441
698 km or 434 miKerman
$429
701 km or 435 miIranshahr
$374
741 km or 460 miYasuj
$569
775 km or 481 miRiyadh
$942
790 km or 491 miAl Wafrah
$1074
792 km or 492 miBehbahan
$442

Cities near Cape Town

DistanceCityCost of living
54 km or 33 miPaarl
$911
99 km or 62 miWorcester
$457
371 km or 231 miGeorge
$611
644 km or 400 miUitenhage
$777
662 km or 411 miPort Elizabeth
$685
664 km or 413 miUpington
$745
754 km or 468 miMakhanda
$620
821 km or 510 miKomani
$1347
833 km or 518 miKimberley
$701
845 km or 525 miBhisho
$1023
882 km or 548 miEast London
$815
912 km or 567 miBloemfontein
$609
950 km or 590 miMafeteng
$692
999 km or 621 miMaseru
$646
1002 km or 622 miMthatha
$765
1029 km or 639 miTeyateyaneng
$773
1030 km or 640 miWelkom
$826
1034 km or 643 miMariental
$702
1092 km or 679 miButha-Buthe
$693
1092 km or 679 miKroonstad
$848
1113 km or 692 miKlerksdorp
$862
1135 km or 705 miMmabatho
$766
1155 km or 718 miPotchefstroom
$613
1187 km or 737 miRehoboth
$581
1194 km or 742 miLobatse
$539
1198 km or 745 miKanye
$636
1208 km or 751 miVanderbijlpark
$768
1217 km or 756 miVereeniging
$749
1231 km or 765 miPietermaritzburg
$625
1244 km or 773 miSoweto
$962
1250 km or 777 miRustenburg
$1101
1260 km or 783 miGaborone
$664
1261 km or 783 miMolepolole
$538
1261 km or 784 miJohannesburg
$864
1267 km or 788 miRandburg
$842
1269 km or 789 miWindhoek
$732
1270 km or 789 miSandton
$1019
1271 km or 790 miDurban
$753
1277 km or 794 miGobabis
$911
1279 km or 795 miWalvis Bay
$670