Cape Town vs Cologne - Cost of Living Comparison

Cape Town Cologne
🚶 Cost of living one person
$904
$1502
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2131
$3553
🏠 One person rent
$524
$800
🏘️ Family rent
$983
$1406
🍽️ Food expenses
$245
$375
🚐 Transport expenses
$54
$205
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1340
$2485
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
56
91
😀 Quality of life
61
95
🏙️ Population
434K
1.08M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 40% less expensive than in Cologne. Cities ranked 5702nd and 2657th ($904 vs $1502) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 4th and 13th in South Africa and Germany, respectively. Check South Africa vs Germany comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Cape Town compared to 1.7 months in Cologne. Cape Town ranked 2nd best city to live in South Africa vs Cologne ranked 3rd in Germany, while ranked 4995th and 15th 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
$7.25
$12
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30
$43.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.04
$8.6
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$3.95
 Cappuccino
$1.81
$2.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.92
$2.32
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$586
$746
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$397
$597
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1213
$1462
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$785
$1077
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.6
$143
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$65.1
$221
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.7
$30.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.14%
2.4%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2104
$6543
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1443
$4352
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.21
$3.1
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$30.7
$97.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.84
$20.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.94
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$1.02
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.91
$1.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
$1.8
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.3
$2.73
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.12
$10.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$8.02
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$16.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$2.68
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.61
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$1.82
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.97
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$1.68
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.91
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
$0.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.32
$1.68
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.99
$7.08
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.53
$0.8
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.88
$7.34
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.43
$7.01
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.32
$2.02
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$1.48
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.18
$1.64
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.6
$30
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$11.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$24.2
$47.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.86
$16.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$48.4
$87.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.4
$89.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$213
$512
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4730
$10097

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Distance City Cost of living
54 km or 33 mi Paarl
$883
99 km or 62 mi Worcester
$593
371 km or 231 mi George
$689
644 km or 400 mi Uitenhage
$579
662 km or 411 mi Port Elizabeth
$905
664 km or 413 mi Upington
$815
754 km or 468 mi Makhanda
$766
821 km or 510 mi Komani
$761
833 km or 518 mi Kimberley
$785
845 km or 525 mi Bhisho
$783
882 km or 548 mi East London
$800
912 km or 567 mi Bloemfontein
$696
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$579
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$593
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$760
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$579
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$708
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$804
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$579
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$770
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$629
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$762
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$639
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$806
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$615
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$641
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$852
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$728
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$685
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$897
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$881
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$668
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$616
1261 km or 784 mi Johannesburg
$935
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$776
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$841
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$907
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$827
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$801
1279 km or 795 mi Walvis Bay
$743

Cities near Cologne

Distance City Cost of living
9.2 km or 5.7 mi Hurth
$1222
10 km or 6.4 mi Leverkusen
$1474
10 km or 6.4 mi Frechen
$1221
13 km or 7.9 mi Bruhl
$1161
13 km or 7.9 mi Pulheim
$1219
14 km or 8.4 mi Wesseling
$1214
14 km or 8.5 mi Bergisch Gladbach
$1186
15 km or 9.3 mi Niederkassel
$1217
16 km or 10 mi Rosrath
$1219
18 km or 11 mi Monheim am Rhein
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Dormagen
$1220
19 km or 12 mi Erftstadt
$1218
19 km or 12 mi Langenfeld
$1217
20 km or 12 mi Troisdorf
$1221
20 km or 12 mi Leichlingen
$1219
20 km or 12 mi Kerpen
$1218
21 km or 13 mi Bornheim
$1213
21 km or 13 mi Lohmar
$1215
22 km or 14 mi Bergheim
$1138
23 km or 15 mi Siegburg
$1212
24 km or 15 mi Overath
$1217
25 km or 16 mi Sankt Augustin
$1219
25 km or 16 mi Bonn
$1440
26 km or 16 mi Hilden
$1218
26 km or 16 mi Solingen
$969
27 km or 17 mi Elsdorf
$1214
28 km or 17 mi Wermelskirchen
$1221
28 km or 17 mi Haan
$1215
28 km or 18 mi Bedburg
$1214
29 km or 18 mi Hennef
$1216
31 km or 19 mi Grevenbroich
$1218
31 km or 19 mi Remscheid
$1209
31 km or 20 mi Erkrath
$1221
33 km or 20 mi Konigswinter
$1215
34 km or 21 mi Euskirchen
$1211
34 km or 21 mi Neuss
$1281
34 km or 21 mi Mettmann
$1218
35 km or 21 mi Zulpich
$1221
35 km or 21 mi Meckenheim
$1218
35 km or 22 mi Dusseldorf
$1470