Germany vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

Germany South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1325
$852
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3223
$1977
🏠 One person rent
$720
$440
🏘️ Family rent
$1340
$760
🍽️ Food expenses
$370
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$114
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2611
$1397
💸 GDP per capita
$46253
$5656
😃 Human freedom index
8.73
7.3
❤️ Life expectancy
80.9
64.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
80
44
🌐 English speaking %
56.3%
31%
🎓 Higher education
94
83
😀 Quality of life
79
50
🏙️ Population
83.1M
59.6M

The average cost of living in Germany ($1325) is 55% more expensive than in South Africa ($852). Germany ranked 30th vs 90th for South Africa in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months in Germany compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 17th and 89th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Germany vs South Africa

We calculate prices for Germany and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 662 and 36 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Germany South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$10.9
$6.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$47.6
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.42
$3.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.72
$1.7
 Cappuccino
$3
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.43
$0.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$667
$393
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$519
$313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1374
$686
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1025
$596
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$138
$64.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$212
$98.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$33.1
$46.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.98%
8.82%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5740
$939
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4180
$803
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.86
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$70.5
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20.1
$9.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.11
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.94
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.73
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$1.13
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.59
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$6.83
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.39
$4.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.5
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.4
$1.42
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.64
$1.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.12
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$1.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.45
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.81
$1.26
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.59
$5.32
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.69
$1.33
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.08
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.86
$3.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.47
$3.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.42
$1.56
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.54
$1.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.7
$26.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.3
$5.49
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$58.3
$27.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$15
$5.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$75.6
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83.7
$83
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$330
$180
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11602
$4468

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Cities Comparison in Germany vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1761
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1757
1.85M
Munich
$1941
1.49M
Cologne
$1502
1.08M
Frankfurt
$1681
764K
Dusseldorf
$1470
646K
Stuttgart
$1516
630K
Essen
$1102
582K
Nuremberg
$1206
516K
Leipzig
$1178
597K
Dresden
$1125
555K
Hanover
$1253
543K
Dortmund
$1155
588K
Bremen City
$1260
567K
Duisburg
$1001
496K
Karlsruhe
$1355
308K
Mannheim
$1357
310K
Gelsenkirchen
$1351
259K
Bielefeld
$1498
334K
Braunschweig
$1158
249K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1545
231K
Wuppertal
$1076
355K
Bonn
$1440
331K
Aachen
$1169
249K
Monchengladbach
$1256
260K
Krefeld
$1219
227K
Augsburg
$1389
296K
Wiesbaden
$1425
279K
Magdeburg
$1127
236K
Bochum
$1118
364K

In South Africa

City Cost of living Population
Johannesburg
$935
4.43M
Soweto
$897
1.27M
Pretoria
$835
742K
Rustenburg
$881
550K
Pietermaritzburg
$685
619K
Durban
$827
595K
Randburg
$776
337K
Cape Town
$904
434K
Sandton
$907
222K
Port Elizabeth
$905
312K
Centurion
$734
237K
Bloemfontein
$696
256K
East London
$800
267K
Kimberley
$785
225K
Benoni
$821
159K
Kroonstad
$770
169K
Klerksdorp
$629
187K
Paarl
$883
112K
Springs
$766
122K
Uitenhage
$579
104K
George
$689
157K
Mthatha
$760
96.1K
Vereeniging
$728
99K
Middelburg
$822
87.3K
Upington
$815
121K
Potchefstroom
$639
149K
Komani
$761
68.9K
Makhanda
$766
67.3K
Welkom
$708
64.1K
Bethal
$760
60.8K