Cape Town vs Cologne - Cost of Living Comparison

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Cape Town Cologne
🚶 Cost of living one person
$882
$1744
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2160
$4193
🏠 One person rent
$484
$959
🏘️ Family rent
$976
$1680
🍽️ Food expenses
$262
$478
🚐 Transport expenses
$56.6
$180
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1503
$3107
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
56
91
😀 Quality of life
59
95
🏙️ Population
434K
1.07M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 49% less expensive than in Cologne. Cities ranked 6098th and 2508th ($882 vs $1744) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 3rd and 31st in South Africa and Germany, respectively. Check South Africa vs Germany comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cape Town compared to 1.8 months in Cologne. Cape Town ranked 3rd best city to live in South Africa vs Cologne ranked 1st in Germany, while ranked 5391st and 13th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Cologne

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Cape Town Cologne
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.57
$13
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.4
$55.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.89
$10.1
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.13
$3.98
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$3.34
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$2.59
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$546
$912
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$357
$714
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1199
$1826
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$772
$1276
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$162
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$79.4
$251
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$39.1
$43.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.58%
3.24%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1913
$5554
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1319
$3502
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.05
$3.36
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$35.2
$60.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.23
$22.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.22
$1.98
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.01
$1.25
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.92
$1.94
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.35
$2.55
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.39
$4.27
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.15
$12.5
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.26
$15.7
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.38
$17.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$2.44
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.51
$1.37
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$2.18
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$2.75
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.92
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$1.94
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.34
$2.28
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.55
$6.21
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.12
$1.13
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.65
$8.07
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.91
$8.05
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$2.28
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.27
$1.83
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.38
$1.55
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.3
$29.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.3
$12.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$33.2
$51.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.81
$19.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$43.5
$89.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.6
$87.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$174
$788
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4090
$15999

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Cities near Cape Town

Distance City Cost of living
54 km or 33 mi Paarl
$776
99 km or 62 mi Worcester
$639
371 km or 231 mi George
$692
644 km or 400 mi Uitenhage
$810
662 km or 411 mi Port Elizabeth
$874
664 km or 413 mi Upington
$648
754 km or 468 mi Makhanda
$709
821 km or 510 mi Komani
$709
833 km or 518 mi Kimberley
$761
845 km or 525 mi Bhisho
$713
882 km or 548 mi East London
$689
912 km or 567 mi Bloemfontein
$606
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$515
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$539
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$694
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$514
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$689
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$767
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$516
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$704
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$626
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$723
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$628
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$742
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$632
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$631
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$705
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$645
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$619
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$885
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$854
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$656
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$605
1261 km or 784 mi Johannesburg
$898
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$782
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$810
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$861
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$776
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$753
1279 km or 795 mi Walvis Bay
$723

Cities near Cologne

Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1594
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1842
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1586
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1594
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1586
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1570
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1587
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1554
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1550
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1602
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1569
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1550
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1599
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1530
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1605
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1541
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1533
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1521
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1528
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1529
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1500
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1524
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1566
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1532
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$1547
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1509
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1473
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1497
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1507
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1507
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1490
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1452
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1508
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1512
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1516
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1429
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1464
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1510
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1516
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1773