Cape Town vs Rio de Janeiro - Cost of Living Comparison

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Cape Town Rio de Janeiro
🚶 Cost of living one person
$882
$990
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2160
$2551
🏠 One person rent
$484
$456
🏘️ Family rent
$976
$842
🍽️ Food expenses
$262
$269
🚐 Transport expenses
$56.6
$163
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1503
$354
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
3 km
🎓 Higher education
56
94
😀 Quality of life
59
62
🏙️ Population
434K
6.78M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 11% less expensive than in Rio de Janeiro. Cities ranked 6098th and 5452nd ($882 vs $990) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 3rd and 2nd in South Africa and Brazil, respectively. Check South Africa vs Brazil comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cape Town compared to 0.4 months in Rio de Janeiro. Cape Town ranked 3rd best city to live in South Africa vs Rio de Janeiro ranked 3rd in Brazil, while ranked 5391st and 5074th among best cities to live in the world.

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Cape Town Rio de Janeiro
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.57
$6.78
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.4
$33.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.89
$7.05
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.13
$2.2
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$2.33
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$1.21
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$546
$498
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$357
$311
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1199
$871
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$772
$644
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$86.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$79.4
$132
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$39.1
$20.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.58%
10.25%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1913
$2426
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1319
$1152
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.05
$1.01
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$35.2
$52.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.23
$9.74
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.22
$1.13
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.01
$1.13
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.92
$1.44
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.35
$1.06
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.39
$2.33
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.15
$9.36
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.26
$3.63
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.38
$8.53
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$2.19
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.51
$1.65
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.22
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.72
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.15
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$1.17
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.34
$1.8
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.55
$8.35
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.12
$1.21
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.65
$1.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.91
$4.58
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$3.88
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.27
$1.38
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.38
$0.99
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.3
$27.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.3
$7.73
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$33.2
$55.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.81
$9.52
👖 Brand Jeans
$43.5
$57.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.6
$86.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$174
$566
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4090
$9945

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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 Rio de Janeiro

Distance City Cost of living
9.9 km or 6.2 mi Niteroi
$788
18 km or 11 mi Duque de Caxias
$691
21 km or 13 mi Sao Joao de Meriti
$712
26 km or 16 mi Belford Roxo
$889
31 km or 19 mi Nova Iguacu
$621
45 km or 28 mi Petropolis
$648
60 km or 37 mi Teresopolis
$620
70 km or 44 mi Saquarema
$716
98 km or 61 mi Nova Friburgo
$532
102 km or 64 mi Volta Redonda
$599
108 km or 67 mi Barra Mansa
$608
112 km or 70 mi Sao Pedro da Aldeia
$688
115 km or 72 mi Angra dos Reis
$704
121 km or 75 mi Cabo Frio
$713
130 km or 81 mi Juiz de Fora
$553
135 km or 84 mi Rio das Ostras
$556
137 km or 85 mi Resende
$633
157 km or 97 mi Macae
$676
184 km or 115 mi Cruzeiro
$638
196 km or 122 mi Barbacena
$566
199 km or 123 mi Lorena
$644
200 km or 124 mi Ubatuba
$680
201 km or 125 mi Uba
$621
208 km or 129 mi Guaratingueta
$650
215 km or 134 mi Muriae
$621
226 km or 140 mi Sao Joao del-Rei
$465
231 km or 144 mi Campos dos Goytacazes
$678
232 km or 144 mi Pindamonhangaba
$675
238 km or 148 mi Itajuba
$552
240 km or 149 mi Caraguatatuba
$700
241 km or 150 mi Taubate
$664
242 km or 150 mi Vicosa
$632
245 km or 152 mi Sao Sebastiao
$679
251 km or 156 mi Tres Coracoes
$591
257 km or 160 mi Conselheiro Lafaiete
$676
258 km or 160 mi Cacapava
$666
264 km or 164 mi Lavras
$577
275 km or 171 mi Varginha
$542
277 km or 172 mi Sao Jose dos Campos
$752
279 km or 173 mi Ponte Nova
$620