Botswana vs Lesotho - Cost of Living Comparison

Botswana Lesotho
🚶 Cost of living one person
$607
$589
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1550
$1482
🏠 One person rent
$256
$264
🏘️ Family rent
$504
$582
🍽️ Food expenses
$241
$240
🚐 Transport expenses
$45.7
$30.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$965
$1190
💸 GDP per capita
$6405
$875
😃 Human freedom index
7.9
7.01
❤️ Life expectancy
69.8
54.8
👮 Corruption perceptions index
55
38
🌐 English speaking %
38.4%
27.9%
🎓 Higher education
60
32
😀 Quality of life
50
22
🏙️ Population
2.29M
2.23M

The average cost of living in Botswana ($607) is 3% more expensive than in Lesotho ($589). Botswana ranked 141st vs 145th for Lesotho in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Botswana compared to 2 months in Lesotho. Ranked 92nd and 180th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Botswana vs Lesotho

We calculate prices for Botswana and Lesotho as a population-weighted mean of 8 and 4 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.

Botswana Lesotho
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.92
$3.01
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$26.7
$24.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.36
$12.1
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.27
$0.92
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$1.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.76
$0.73
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$213
$268
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$164
$159
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$535
$771
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$372
$406
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$32.6
$36.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$56.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.7
$46.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.84%
9.91%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2378
$902
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$866
$517
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.43
$0.49
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$19.3
$17.3
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$19
$6.73
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.83
$0.84
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.67
$0.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.51
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.13
$1.35
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.66
$4.37
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.78
$2.98
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.32
$5.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.26
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.19
$1.43
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.76
$1.8
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.26
$1.57
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.52
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$1.35
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.68
$0.67
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.45
$1.2
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.2
$4.48
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.29
$1.16
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.5
$2.35
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.47
$3.14
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.96
$2.78
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$1.47
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.26
$1.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$27.2
$25.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.28
$4.53
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$23.9
$18.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$6.66
$4.03
👖 Brand Jeans
$33.7
$39.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$62.4
$50.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$112
$32.8
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4942
$718

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Cities Comparison in Botswana vs Lesotho

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Botswana

City Cost of living Population
Gaborone
$668
232K
Francistown
$544
100K
Molepolole
$616
67.6K
Serowe
$527
47.4K
Kanye
$641
45.2K
Palapye
$506
36.2K
Mahalapye
$544
41.3K
Lobatse
$615
26.9K

In Lesotho

City Cost of living Population
Maseru
$593
331K
Teyateyaneng
$579
75.1K
Mafeteng
$579
57.1K
Butha-Buthe
$579
10K