Italy vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

Italy South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1221
$852
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3026
$1977
🏠 One person rent
$597
$440
🏘️ Family rent
$1059
$760
🍽️ Food expenses
$405
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$87.2
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1475
$1397
💸 GDP per capita
$31770
$5656
😃 Human freedom index
8.49
7.3
❤️ Life expectancy
82.3
64.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
56
44
🌐 English speaking %
28.5%
31%
🎓 Higher education
92
83
😀 Quality of life
73
50
🏙️ Population
60.3M
59.6M

The average cost of living in Italy ($1221) is 43% more expensive than in South Africa ($852). Italy ranked 38th 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 1.2 months in Italy compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 28th and 89th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Italy vs South Africa

We calculate prices for Italy and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 148 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.

Italy South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.4
$6.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.4
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.2
$3.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.62
$1.7
 Cappuccino
$1.53
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.12
$0.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$599
$393
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$433
$313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1168
$686
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$799
$596
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$102
$64.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$158
$98.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$27.7
$46.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.75%
8.82%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3920
$939
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2278
$803
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.5
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$36.5
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.3
$9.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$2.06
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.21
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.52
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$1.13
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.12
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$6.83
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.99
$4.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.95
$1.42
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$1.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.3
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.96
$1.26
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.92
$5.32
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.39
$1.33
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.79
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.1
$3.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.98
$3.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.13
$1.56
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.98
$1.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.8
$26.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.72
$5.49
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$85.7
$27.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$14.4
$5.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$74.6
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.9
$83
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$456
$180
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9600
$4468

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Cities Comparison in Italy vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Italy

City Cost of living Population
Rome
$1546
2.87M
Milan
$1657
1.37M
Turin
$1134
871K
Naples
$1085
966K
Palermo
$984
668K
Genoa
$1235
580K
Bologna
$1281
393K
Florence
$1317
381K
Bari
$1215
323K
Venice
$1357
261K
Verona
$1237
257K
Catania
$1055
312K
Trieste
$1300
204K
Parma
$1282
196K
Padua
$1170
210K
Brescia
$1200
197K
Modena
$1285
185K
Reggio Emilia
$1103
172K
Messina
$822
234K
Syracuse
$908
121K
Prato
$1295
193K
Monza
$1290
124K
Reggio Calabria
$848
181K
Perugia
$998
166K
Taranto
$937
198K
Ferrara
$1072
132K
Rimini
$1207
149K
Ravenna
$1183
159K
Trento
$1218
118K
Cagliari
$1206
154K

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