Cost of Living in Lusaka

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$732
$1820
🛋️ Without rent
$385
$1176
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$347
$645
🍽️ Food
$232
$605
🚐 Transport
$92.6
$253
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$636
😀 Quality of life
40
🏙️ Population
1.74M

The average cost of living in Lusaka is $732, which is in the top 32% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 6330th out of 9294 in our global list and 10th out of 10 in Zambia.

The median after-tax salary is $636, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.9 months. Ranked 7101st (TOP 76%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 1st best city to live in Zambia. With an estimated population of 1.74M, Lusaka is the 1st largest city in Zambia.

Why living in Lusaka is so expensive? Because we have a developed country lifestyle as a reference and in some least developed countries maintaining such a standard of living is hard and expensive. Thus, living costs in Lusaka for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport 5 km Lusaka City Airport
😷 Air quality Moderate 20.3 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 6788 University of Zambia
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Prices in Lusaka

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.82
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$16.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.66
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.03
 Cappuccino
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$372
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$237
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$761
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$469
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$60.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$94.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$22.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
19.33%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10801
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$774
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.14
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.27
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.07
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.94
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.62
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.15
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.91
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.14
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.07
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.79
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.28
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.34
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.55
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.49
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.62
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.25
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$27.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.24
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$19
💇 Haircut, simple
$7.96
👖 Brand Jeans
$24.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$78.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$84.7
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10495

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