Belgium vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

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Belgium South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1526
$815
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3567
$1910
🏠 One person rent
$811
$410
🏘️ Family rent
$1283
$711
🍽️ Food expenses
$512
$238
🚐 Transport expenses
$80
$96.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2638
$1310
💸 GDP per capita
$49927
$6766
😃 Human freedom index
8.33
6.92
❤️ Life expectancy
81.9
62.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
41
🌐 English speaking %
59%
31%
🎓 Higher education
95
83
😀 Quality of life
88
41
🏙️ Population
11.6M
60.1M

The average cost of living in Belgium ($1526) is 87% more expensive than in South Africa ($815). Belgium ranked 31st vs 105th for South Africa in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Belgium compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 19th and 118th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Belgium vs South Africa

We calculate prices for Belgium and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 91 and 36 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Belgium South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$17.6
$6.95
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$76.2
$31.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.1
$4.07
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.38
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$3.5
$1.73
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.78
$0.9
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$736
$397
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$606
$285
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1219
$626
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$989
$559
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$129
$64.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$198
$99
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.4
$38.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.32%
11.09%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3873
$811
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3181
$671
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.67
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$50.7
$42
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$24.7
$9.39
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.9
$1.19
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.18
$1.02
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.21
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.13
$1.21
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.25
$2.01
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.8
$7.18
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.8
$4.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.6
$6.2
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.44
$1.37
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$1.33
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.53
$1.25
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.7
$1.38
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.71
$1.18
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.56
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.72
$1.23
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.49
$5.07
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.86
$1.15
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.28
$2.63
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$11
$3.9
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.11
$3.22
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.02
$1.61
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.72
$1
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$33.1
$26.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.3
$5.6
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$31.3
$25.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$18.7
$5.38
👖 Brand Jeans
$95.5
$43.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$93.3
$79
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$520
$190
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$18409
$3952

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Cities Comparison in Belgium vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Belgium

City Cost of living Population
Antwerp
$1643
529K
Ghent
$1571
265K
Brussels
$1858
189K
Charleroi
$1402
202K
Liege
$1425
195K
Schaerbeek
$1656
133K
Anderlecht
$1635
121K
Mons
$1408
95.3K
Leuven
$1604
101K
Namur
$1350
111K
Bruges
$1383
119K
Ostend
$1284
71.6K
Aalst
$1616
88.9K
Mouscron
$1421
58.2K
Vilvoorde
$1594
44K
La Louviere
$1513
81K
Tournai
$1552
69.6K
Mechelen
$1530
86.9K
Hasselt
$1448
77.7K
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
$1572
57.7K
Kortrijk
$1270
77.7K
Sint-Niklaas
$1406
80.2K
Forest
$1634
56.6K
Seraing
$1466
64.3K
Saint-Gilles
$1492
49.7K
Roeselare
$1293
64.5K
Dendermonde
$1468
45.7K
Genk
$1493
66.1K
Braine-l'Alleud
$1633
39.8K
Verviers
$1243
55.2K

In South Africa

City Cost of living Population
Johannesburg
$898
4.43M
Soweto
$885
1.27M
Pretoria
$792
742K
Rustenburg
$854
550K
Cape Town
$882
434K
Randburg
$782
337K
Durban
$776
595K
Centurion
$762
237K
Sandton
$861
222K
Pietermaritzburg
$619
619K
East London
$689
267K
Port Elizabeth
$874
312K
Kimberley
$761
225K
Worcester
$639
97.1K
Kroonstad
$704
169K
Benoni
$744
159K
Klerksdorp
$626
187K
Bloemfontein
$606
256K
Springs
$637
122K
Paarl
$776
112K
Vereeniging
$645
99K
Vanderbijlpark
$705
95.8K
Potchefstroom
$628
149K
Uitenhage
$810
104K
George
$692
157K
Mthatha
$694
96.1K
Upington
$648
121K
Middelburg
$880
87.3K
Bethal
$754
60.8K
Brits
$752
53.5K