Cape Town vs Rio de Janeiro - Cost of Living Comparison

Cape Town Rio de Janeiro
🚶 Cost of living one person
$904
$903
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2131
$2226
🏠 One person rent
$524
$413
🏘️ Family rent
$983
$699
🍽️ Food expenses
$245
$250
🚐 Transport expenses
$54
$153
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1340
$380
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
3 km
🎓 Higher education
56
94
😀 Quality of life
61
65
🏙️ Population
434K
6.75M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 0.2% more expensive than in Rio de Janeiro. Cities ranked 5702nd and 5706th ($904 vs $903) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 4th and 3rd in South Africa and Brazil, respectively. Check South Africa vs Brazil comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Cape Town compared to 0.4 months in Rio de Janeiro. Cape Town ranked 2nd best city to live in South Africa vs Rio de Janeiro ranked 2nd in Brazil, while ranked 4995th and 4114th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Rio de Janeiro

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Cape Town Rio de Janeiro
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.25
$6.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30
$25.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.04
$6.41
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$1.99
 Cappuccino
$1.81
$2.39
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.92
$1.15
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$586
$451
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$397
$279
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1213
$736
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$785
$511
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.6
$78.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$65.1
$121
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.7
$21.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.14%
9.71%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2104
$2121
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1443
$1292
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.21
$0.98
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$30.7
$48.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.84
$8.26
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.41
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.91
$1.11
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
$0.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.3
$1.91
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.12
$8.09
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$4.36
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$8.78
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$1.62
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.19
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$1
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$1.08
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.02
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
$0.37
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.32
$1.69
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.99
$10.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.53
$1.14
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.88
$1.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.43
$5.55
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.32
$3.04
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$1.19
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.18
$0.76
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.6
$25.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$6.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$24.2
$53.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.86
$8.01
👖 Brand Jeans
$48.4
$43.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.4
$68.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$213
$479
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4730
$6195

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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 Rio de Janeiro

Distance City Cost of living
9.9 km or 6.2 mi Niteroi
$733
18 km or 11 mi Duque de Caxias
$547
21 km or 13 mi Sao Joao de Meriti
$889
26 km or 16 mi Belford Roxo
$1198
31 km or 19 mi Nova Iguacu
$586
45 km or 28 mi Petropolis
$561
60 km or 37 mi Teresopolis
$532
70 km or 44 mi Saquarema
$551
98 km or 61 mi Nova Friburgo
$626
102 km or 64 mi Volta Redonda
$490
108 km or 67 mi Barra Mansa
$561
112 km or 70 mi Sao Pedro da Aldeia
$546
115 km or 72 mi Angra dos Reis
$630
121 km or 75 mi Cabo Frio
$632
130 km or 81 mi Juiz de Fora
$479
135 km or 84 mi Rio das Ostras
$620
137 km or 85 mi Resende
$573
157 km or 97 mi Macae
$544
184 km or 115 mi Cruzeiro
$553
196 km or 122 mi Barbacena
$576
199 km or 123 mi Lorena
$554
200 km or 124 mi Ubatuba
$513
201 km or 125 mi Uba
$554
208 km or 129 mi Guaratingueta
$556
215 km or 134 mi Muriae
$555
226 km or 140 mi Sao Joao del-Rei
$479
231 km or 144 mi Campos dos Goytacazes
$559
232 km or 144 mi Pindamonhangaba
$602
238 km or 148 mi Itajuba
$590
240 km or 149 mi Caraguatatuba
$554
241 km or 150 mi Taubate
$586
242 km or 150 mi Vicosa
$524
245 km or 152 mi Sao Sebastiao
$555
251 km or 156 mi Tres Coracoes
$554
257 km or 160 mi Conselheiro Lafaiete
$522
258 km or 160 mi Cacapava
$554
264 km or 164 mi Lavras
$544
275 km or 171 mi Varginha
$523
277 km or 172 mi Sao Jose dos Campos
$621
279 km or 173 mi Ponte Nova
$555