Travel budget in South Africa

South Africa: calculate your travel budget

South Africa: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in South Africa for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 47 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.8 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1046* (19166 ZAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 86 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2226* (40782 ZAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 107 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3382* (61978 ZAR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).



Cost of living in South Africa in 2024

Cost of living: South Africa VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in South Africa in 2024 is 49% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in South Africa by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in South Africa compared to the national average.

Cities /South Africa View Details
Worcester 112% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Worcester
Knysna 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Knysna
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
Standerton 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Standerton
Hermanus 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hermanus
Cape Town 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cape Town
Johannesburg 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Johannesburg
Pretoria 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pretoria
Nelspruit 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nelspruit
Kimberley 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kimberley
Durban 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Durban
Bloemfontein 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bloemfontein

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Local prices in South Africa by expense type

South Africa: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in South Africa costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.1/person
($ 4.9 to $ 18)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 20
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 14 to $ 42)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.7/person
($ 3.8 to $ 5.4)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.3)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.8/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

South Africa: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Africa costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 80/night
($ 23 to $ 358)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 31 to $ 293)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 159
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 34 to $ 311)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 232
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 125/night
($ 44 to $ 444)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 310
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 195/night
($ 68 to $ 573)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 488
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 74/month
($ 19 to $ 320)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 102/month
($ 36 to $ 396)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 244
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 122/month
($ 40 to $ 473)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 214
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 95/month
($ 41 to $ 259)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 226
Family room
Family room
$ 162/month
($ 55 to $ 563)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 218

South Africa: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Africa costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 1/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.5/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 6.5)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Apples
Apples
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.9 to $ 2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.9 to $ 2.1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.2)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.9
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

South Africa: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in South Africa costs 31% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.6/ticket
($ 0.9 to $ 3.6)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.1/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.1
($ 0.9 to $ 2.5)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 31/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 68)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 56

South Africa: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in South Africa costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.5/ticket
($ 4.8 to $ 10)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.1/hr
($ 2.7 to $ 14)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 23

South Africa: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in South Africa costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.8/pack
($ 2.5 to $ 3.6)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 46
($ 29 to $ 67)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 30
($ 14 to $ 50)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44

Plane ticket budget

London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
$ 994
(fair price: $ 765)
Sydney → Johannesburg
Sydney → Johannesburg
Sydney → Johannesburg
$ 1747
(fair price: $ 1383)
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
$ 819
(fair price: $ 639)
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
$ 947
(fair price: $ 810)
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
$ 799
(fair price: $ 679)
Melbourne → Johannesburg
Melbourne → Johannesburg
Melbourne → Johannesburg
$ 1449
(fair price: $ 1174)

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About the information on the cost of living in South Africa

The information about the cost of living in South Africa shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Skyscanner and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in South Africa updated on 20-05-2024.

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