South Africa vs Zambia - Cost of Living Comparison

South Africa Zambia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$852
$1000
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1977
$1860
🏠 One person rent
$440
$624
🏘️ Family rent
$760
$701
🍽️ Food expenses
$236
$235
🚐 Transport expenses
$101
$79.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1397
$596
💸 GDP per capita
$5656
$985
😃 Human freedom index
7.3
6.82
❤️ Life expectancy
64.4
64.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
44
33
🌐 English speaking %
31%
16%
🎓 Higher education
83
21
😀 Quality of life
50
33
🏙️ Population
59.6M
17.1M

The average cost of living in South Africa ($852) is 15% less expensive than in Zambia ($1000). South Africa ranked 90th vs 66th for Zambia in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in South Africa compared to 0.6 months in Zambia. Ranked 89th and 148th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in South Africa vs Zambia

We calculate prices for South Africa and Zambia as a population-weighted mean of 36 and 10 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.

South Africa Zambia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.81
$4.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$28.4
$17.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.97
$3.43
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.7
$1.1
 Cappuccino
$1.77
$1.79
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.95
$0.83
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$393
$497
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$313
$524
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$686
$633
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$596
$532
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$64.2
$80.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.5
$124
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.9
$24.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.82%
19.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$939
$8876
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$803
$646
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.59
$1.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$45.9
$48.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.66
$8.44
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.23
$1.26
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.01
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.85
$0.98
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.13
$1.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.03
$1.65
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$11.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.48
$5.09
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.88
$6.56
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.42
$2.22
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.31
$1.17
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.92
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.14
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
$1.61
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$1.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.63
$0.73
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.26
$1.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.32
$5.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.33
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.78
$2.35
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.93
$6.26
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.24
$2.42
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$1.6
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.07
$1.23
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$26.6
$24
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.49
$2.64
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.5
$23.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.55
$7.85
👖 Brand Jeans
$46.8
$22.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83
$85.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$180
$82.7
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4468
$10266

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Cities Comparison in South Africa vs Zambia

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

In Zambia

City Cost of living Population
Lusaka
$732
1.74M
Ndola
$1233
528K
Kitwe
$1228
504K
Kapiri Mposhi
$1168
241K
Kasama
$1156
168K
Chingola
$1117
147K
Livingstone
$1152
137K
Mansa
$1151
129K
Mufulira
$1724
122K
Choma
$1136
122K