Blantyre vs Cape Town - Cost of Living Comparison

Blantyre Cape Town
🚶 Cost of living one person
$551
$904
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1438
$2215
🏠 One person rent
$212
$489
🏘️ Family rent
$417
$959
🍽️ Food expenses
$219
$268
🚐 Transport expenses
$76.2
$58.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$491
$1358
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
12 km
7 km
🎓 Higher education
23
56
😀 Quality of life
32
58
🏙️ Population
1.9M
434K

The cost of living in Blantyre is 39% less expensive than in Cape Town. Cities ranked 8050th and 6009th ($551 vs $904) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 9th and 4th in Malawi and South Africa, respectively. Check Malawi vs South Africa comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.9 months in Blantyre compared to 1.5 months in Cape Town. Blantyre ranked 1st best city to live in Malawi vs Cape Town ranked 5th in South Africa, while ranked 8235th and 5612th among best cities to live in the world.

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Blantyre Cape Town
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.17
$8.07
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.1
$30.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.95
$4.39
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.96
$2.21
 Cappuccino
$1.9
$1.9
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.46
$0.82
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$235
$565
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$122
$365
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$510
$1176
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$289
$762
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$27.1
$43.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.1
$73.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$40.9
$41
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
17.59%
9.99%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10420
$2024
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$575
$1356
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.96
$1.1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$26.2
$35.3
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.6
$7.45
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.2
$1.34
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.93
$0.97
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.83
$0.95
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.01
$1.25
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.4
$2.39
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.74
$7.57
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.27
$4.89
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.26
$6.43
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.91
$1.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.38
$1.47
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.32
$1.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.81
$1.43
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.2
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.17
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.28
$0.59
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.19
$1.41
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.93
$4.77
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.73
$1.24
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.51
$2.82
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.44
$8.15
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.16
$3.7
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.2
$2.62
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.16
$1.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$12
$32.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.39
$5.82
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$18.9
$40
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.83
$10.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$30.5
$47.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$44.4
$86.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$348
$192
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$2272
$4203

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Distance City Cost of living
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$557
60 km or 37 mi Mulanje
$558
112 km or 70 mi Ntcheu
$591
149 km or 92 mi Mangochi
$592
157 km or 98 mi Tete
$965
191 km or 119 mi Monkey Bay
$614
240 km or 149 mi Lilongwe
$625
307 km or 191 mi Quelimane
$990
405 km or 252 mi Chimoio
$991
432 km or 269 mi Mutare
$808
450 km or 280 mi Beira
$1009
454 km or 282 mi Marondera
$786
458 km or 285 mi Mzimba
$601
463 km or 287 mi Nampula
$1134
478 km or 297 mi Harare
$932
487 km or 303 mi Chitungwiza
$855
493 km or 307 mi Mzuzu
$602
541 km or 336 mi Chinhoyi
$810
611 km or 380 mi Kadoma
$770
626 km or 389 mi Nacala
$1101
637 km or 396 mi Kwekwe
$714
650 km or 404 mi Masvingo
$887
674 km or 419 mi Pemba
$1128
685 km or 425 mi Gweru
$773
708 km or 440 mi Kapiri Mposhi
$1072
721 km or 448 mi Lusaka
$675
746 km or 463 mi Kasama
$1414
754 km or 469 mi Ndola
$1447
784 km or 487 mi Mbeya
$549
803 km or 499 mi Kitwe
$1454
811 km or 504 mi Mufulira
$1504
837 km or 520 mi Mansa
$1333
837 km or 520 mi Bulawayo
$747
849 km or 528 mi Chingola
$1347
865 km or 537 mi Choma
$796
935 km or 581 mi Lubumbashi
$1045
991 km or 616 mi Francistown
$523
999 km or 621 mi Livingstone
$683
1000 km or 621 mi Moroni
$547
1038 km or 645 mi Morogoro
$694

Cities near Cape Town

Distance City Cost of living
54 km or 33 mi Paarl
$840
99 km or 62 mi Worcester
$595
371 km or 231 mi George
$691
644 km or 400 mi Uitenhage
$563
662 km or 411 mi Port Elizabeth
$835
664 km or 413 mi Upington
$674
754 km or 468 mi Makhanda
$681
821 km or 510 mi Komani
$692
833 km or 518 mi Kimberley
$599
845 km or 525 mi Bhisho
$738
882 km or 548 mi East London
$746
912 km or 567 mi Bloemfontein
$644
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$570
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$591
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$696
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$570
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$680
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$733
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$569
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$714
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$585
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$738
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$625
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$686
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$603
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$638
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$838
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$684
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$632
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$859
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$987
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$652
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$596
1261 km or 784 mi Johannesburg
$967
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$727
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$716
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$882
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$770
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$713
1279 km or 795 mi Walvis Bay
$726