Cape Town vs Sydney - Cost of Living Comparison

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Cape Town Sydney
🚶 Cost of living one person
$882
$2708
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2160
$6637
🏠 One person rent
$484
$1584
🏘️ Family rent
$976
$2992
🍽️ Food expenses
$262
$563
🚐 Transport expenses
$56.6
$409
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1503
$3733
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
9 km
🎓 Higher education
56
100
😀 Quality of life
59
97
🏙️ Population
434K
4.84M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 67% less expensive than in Sydney. Cities ranked 6098th and 379th ($882 vs $2708) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 3rd and 1st in South Africa and Australia, respectively. Check South Africa vs Australia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Cape Town compared to 1.4 months in Sydney. Cape Town ranked 3rd best city to live in South Africa vs Sydney ranked 1st in Australia, while ranked 5391st and 3rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Sydney

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Cape Town Sydney
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.57
$14.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.4
$72.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.89
$10.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.13
$6.73
 Cappuccino
$1.96
$3.3
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$2.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$546
$1860
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$357
$1303
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1199
$3988
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$772
$2454
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$49.9
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$79.4
$178
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$39.1
$53.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.58%
6.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1913
$16890
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1319
$10756
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.05
$3.23
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$35.2
$145
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.23
$29.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.22
$1.36
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.01
$1.48
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.92
$2.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.35
$2.48
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.39
$4.46
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.15
$12.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.26
$8.56
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.38
$14.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$3.4
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.51
$2.64
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$2.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$4.24
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$2.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$2.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$1.19
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.34
$2.63
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.55
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.12
$5.25
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.65
$28.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.91
$9.25
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.79
$4.28
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.27
$2.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.38
$2.83
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.3
$63.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.3
$16.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$33.2
$54.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.81
$21.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$43.5
$79.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.6
$118
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$174
$1989
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4090
$17427

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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

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Distance City Cost of living
15 km or 9.2 mi Dee Why
$2018
19 km or 12 mi Parramatta
$1883
29 km or 18 mi Kellyville
$1798
29 km or 18 mi Blacktown
$1635
69 km or 43 mi Wollongong
$1441
117 km or 73 mi Newcastle
$1472
158 km or 98 mi Bathurst
$1613
168 km or 104 mi Goulburn
$1720
205 km or 127 mi Orange
$1617
247 km or 154 mi Canberra
$2505
301 km or 187 mi Dubbo
$1417
314 km or 195 mi Port Macquarie
$1704
377 km or 234 mi Armidale
$1529
378 km or 235 mi Wagga Wagga
$1460
436 km or 271 mi Coffs Harbour
$1487
478 km or 297 mi Griffith
$1648
597 km or 371 mi Shepparton
$1684
624 km or 388 mi Byron Bay
$1872
638 km or 396 mi Traralgon
$1725
683 km or 425 mi Gold Coast
$2129
689 km or 428 mi Southport
$1999
695 km or 432 mi Pakenham
$1734
701 km or 436 mi Berwick
$1733
706 km or 439 mi Bendigo
$1321
706 km or 439 mi Toowoomba
$1542
707 km or 439 mi Dandenong
$1694
711 km or 442 mi Ipswich
$1792
711 km or 442 mi Cranbourne
$1708
713 km or 443 mi South Yarra
$1715
713 km or 443 mi Melbourne
$2419
716 km or 445 mi Sunbury
$1756
724 km or 450 mi Frankston
$1728
732 km or 455 mi Melton
$1711
733 km or 455 mi Brisbane
$2377
735 km or 457 mi Tarneit
$1665
736 km or 457 mi Hoppers Crossing
$1681
775 km or 481 mi Caboolture
$1895
778 km or 484 mi Geelong
$1683
779 km or 484 mi Ballarat
$1331
807 km or 502 mi Caloundra
$1841