Travel budget and cost of living in South Africa how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 42 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.8 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 938* (12670 ZAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1895* (25606 ZAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 108 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3199* (43232 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 2019

Cost of living: South Africa VS United States

On average, the cost of living in South Africa in 2019 is 38% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in South Africa in 2019 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 113% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Worcester
Stellenbosch 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Stellenbosch
Pretoria 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pretoria
Cape Town 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cape Town
Johannesburg 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Johannesburg
Polokwane 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Polokwane
Durban 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Durban

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Local prices in South Africa by expense type

Restaurant budget in South Africa

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in South Africa costs 45% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 9/person
($ 6 to $ 15)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 14 to $ 23)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.4/person
($ 3.7 to $ 5.6)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in South Africa

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Africa costs 42% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 51 to $ 55)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 55/night
($ 45 to $ 71)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 82/night
($ 57 to $ 118)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 98 to $ 181)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 251/night
($ 165 to $ 370)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 40 to $ 49)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 116/month
($ 76 to $ 188)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 113/month
($ 64 to $ 206)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 94/month
($ 59 to $ 153)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 192/month
($ 107 to $ 360)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in South Africa

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Africa costs 44% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5.6 to $ 9)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 6.7)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 2)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.3)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.9/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 9.6)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in South Africa

On average, the price of transport in South Africa costs 37% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 2.5)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 39/month
($ 23 to $ 76)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.4
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 15/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 27)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in South Africa

On average, the cost of housing in South Africa costs 41% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 90/month
($ 49 to $ 150)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 70/month
($ 46 to $ 113)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 474/month
($ 261 to $ 818)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 398/month
($ 238 to $ 596)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 970/month
($ 521 to $ 1859)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 823/month
($ 521 to $ 1189)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 38/month
($ 23 to $ 60)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 206/month
($ 113 to $ 321)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4019/yr
($ 1517 to $ 7133)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in South Africa

On average, budget for leisure activities in South Africa costs 47% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6/ticket
($ 4.8 to $ 7.4)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.4/hr
($ 3.7 to $ 20)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in South Africa

On average, shopping budget in South Africa costs 10% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3/pack
($ 2.6 to $ 3.5)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 57
($ 39 to $ 76)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 36
($ 23 to $ 57)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 89
($ 60 to $ 124)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 85
($ 53 to $ 134)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
$ 919
(fair price: $ 829)
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
$ 830
(fair price: $ 727)
London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
$ 935
(fair price: $ 770)
New York City → Cape Town
New York City → Cape Town
New York City → Cape Town
$ 1160
(fair price: $ 1016)
Edinburgh → Cape Town
Edinburgh → Cape Town
Edinburgh → Cape Town
$ 962
(fair price: $ 854)
Los Angeles → Cape Town
Los Angeles  → Cape Town
Los Angeles  → Cape Town
$ 1281
(fair price: $ 1140)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
$ 1249
(fair price: $ 1090)
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
$ 784
(fair price: $ 696)
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
$ 1054
(fair price: $ 934)
Dublin → Johannesburg
Dublin → Johannesburg
Dublin → Johannesburg
$ 659
(fair price: $ 574)
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
$ 783
(fair price: $ 636)
Montreal → Cape Town
Montreal → Cape Town
Montreal → Cape Town
$ 1285
(fair price: $ 1133)
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
$ 836
(fair price: $ 720)
Los Angeles → Johannesburg
Los Angeles  → Johannesburg
Los Angeles  → Johannesburg
$ 1125
(fair price: $ 1013)
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
$ 1048
(fair price: $ 924)

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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, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in South Africa updated on 21-05-2019.

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