Cape Town vs Guangzhou - Cost of Living Comparison

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Cape Town Guangzhou
🚶 Cost of living one person
$882
$759
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2160
$2296
🏠 One person rent
$484
$340
🏘️ Family rent
$976
$846
🍽️ Food expenses
$262
$265
🚐 Transport expenses
$56.6
$75.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1503
$1132
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
20 km
🎓 Higher education
56
97
😀 Quality of life
59
75
🏙️ Population
434K
18.7M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 16% more expensive than in Guangzhou. Cities ranked 6098th and 6545th ($882 vs $759) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 3rd and 55th in South Africa and China, respectively. Check South Africa vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cape Town compared to 1.5 months in Guangzhou. Cape Town ranked 3rd best city to live in South Africa vs Guangzhou ranked 6th in China, while ranked 5391st and 900th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Guangzhou

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Cape Town Guangzhou
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.57
$4.25
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.4
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.89
$4.9
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.13
$0.84
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$3.47
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$0.45
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$546
$390
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$357
$265
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1199
$1140
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$772
$685
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$37.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$79.4
$57.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$39.1
$12.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.58%
4.67%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1913
$10689
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1319
$4435
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.05
$0.28
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$35.2
$15.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.23
$4.61
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.22
$1.21
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.01
$2.06
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.92
$1.89
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.35
$1.1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.39
$1.63
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.15
$12.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.26
$4
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.38
$13.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.96
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.51
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.91
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.37
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$0.83
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$1.17
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.41
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.34
$1.17
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.55
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.12
$0.9
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.65
$3.91
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.91
$5.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$5.61
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.27
$1.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.38
$2.48
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.3
$27.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.3
$7.01
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$33.2
$28.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.81
$9.65
👖 Brand Jeans
$43.5
$44.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.6
$73.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$174
$431
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4090
$18403

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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 Guangzhou

Distance City Cost of living
19 km or 12 mi Foshan
$580
51 km or 32 mi Dongguan
$600
63 km or 39 mi Jiangmen
$827
65 km or 41 mi Qingyuan
$790
67 km or 42 mi Zhongshan
$486
83 km or 52 mi Zhaoqing
$806
100 km or 62 mi Zhuhai
$628
102 km or 63 mi Kaiping
$824
105 km or 65 mi Shenzhen
$959
111 km or 69 mi Macau
$1568
118 km or 73 mi Huizhou
$853
127 km or 79 mi Yunfu
$849
131 km or 81 mi Kowloon
$2414
132 km or 82 mi Hong Kong
$2638
162 km or 100 mi Heyuan
$904
189 km or 117 mi Shaoguan
$873
194 km or 121 mi Yangjiang
$883
202 km or 126 mi Wuzhou
$835
205 km or 127 mi Lianzhou
$784
216 km or 134 mi Shanwei
$1099
225 km or 140 mi Hezhou
$796
281 km or 175 mi Gaozhou
$847
291 km or 181 mi Maoming
$880
298 km or 185 mi Chenzhou
$759
298 km or 185 mi Puning
$746
319 km or 198 mi Meizhou
$819
321 km or 199 mi Jieyang
$726
323 km or 201 mi Yulin
$820
345 km or 214 mi Ganzhou
$831
349 km or 217 mi Chaozhou
$598
352 km or 219 mi Shantou
$598
364 km or 226 mi Zhanjiang
$787
373 km or 232 mi Guigang
$746
384 km or 239 mi Guilin
$537
406 km or 252 mi Yongzhou
$592
414 km or 257 mi Liuzhou
$606
416 km or 259 mi Laibin
$619
424 km or 264 mi Hengyang
$537
440 km or 273 mi Longyan
$754
460 km or 286 mi Haikou
$631