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.
  • $ 6.8 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 901* (14938 ZAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 67 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 7.8 per person
  • $ 5.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1763* (29232 ZAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 2960* (49084 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 2020

Cost of living: South Africa VS United States

On average, the cost of living in South Africa in 2020 is essentially the same as 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 153% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Worcester
Polokwane 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Polokwane
Stellenbosch 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Stellenbosch
Rustenburg 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Rustenburg
Paarl 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Paarl
Standerton 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Standerton
Johannesburg 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Johannesburg
Cape Town 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cape Town
Pretoria 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pretoria
Durban 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Durban

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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
$ 7.3/person
($ 4.3 to $ 16)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 10.6 to $ 24)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.7/person
($ 3.1 to $ 4.9)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

South Africa: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Africa costs 43% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 49 to $ 55)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 44 to $ 70)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 81/night
($ 54 to $ 118)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 132/night
($ 96 to $ 180)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 253/night
($ 169 to $ 369)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 39 to $ 51)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 115/month
($ 78 to $ 180)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 114/month
($ 63 to $ 206)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 110/month
($ 77 to $ 168)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 200/month
($ 109 to $ 363)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

South Africa: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Africa costs 55% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.2/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 7.9)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 6.6)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.9)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.1/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 8.5)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

South Africa: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in South Africa costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 3.1)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 38/month
($ 21 to $ 122)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.7/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 55/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 91)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

South Africa: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in South Africa costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 83/month
($ 49 to $ 153)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 59/month
($ 39 to $ 93)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 400/month
($ 244 to $ 732)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 349/month
($ 244 to $ 519)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 824/month
($ 458 to $ 1524)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 674/month
($ 458 to $ 1036)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
($ 17 to $ 53)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 174/month
($ 110 to $ 305)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3570/yr
($ 1463 to $ 7312)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

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
$ 5.5/ticket
($ 4.3 to $ 8.5)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8/hr
($ 3.1 to $ 14)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

South Africa: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in South Africa costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.5/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 47
($ 28 to $ 61)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 16 to $ 49)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 77
($ 44 to $ 122)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 73
($ 38 to $ 122)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
$ 1036
(fair price: $ 715)
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
$ 879
(fair price: $ 768)
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
$ 793
(fair price: $ 672)
New York City → Cape Town
New York City → Cape Town
New York City → Cape Town
$ 1176
(fair price: $ 1011)
Edinburgh → Cape Town
Edinburgh → Cape Town
Edinburgh → Cape Town
$ 956
(fair price: $ 835)
Los Angeles → Cape Town
Los Angeles  → Cape Town
Los Angeles  → Cape Town
$ 1232
(fair price: $ 1054)
Sydney → Cape Town
Sydney → Cape Town
Sydney → Cape Town
$ 1330
(fair price: $ 1149)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
Toronto (Ontario) → Cape Town
$ 1207
(fair price: $ 1038)
Melbourne → Cape Town
Melbourne → Cape Town
Melbourne → Cape Town
$ 1346
(fair price: $ 1174)
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
$ 768
(fair price: $ 643)
Perth → Cape Town
Perth → Cape Town
Perth → Cape Town
$ 1302
(fair price: $ 1117)
Montreal → Cape Town
Montreal → Cape Town
Montreal → Cape Town
$ 1204
(fair price: $ 1014)
Auckland → Cape Town
Auckland → Cape Town
Auckland → Cape Town
$ 1396
(fair price: $ 1195)
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
$ 784
(fair price: $ 674)
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
$ 1054
(fair price: $ 911)
Dublin → Johannesburg
Dublin → Johannesburg
Dublin → Johannesburg
$ 659
(fair price: $ 561)
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
Edinburgh → Johannesburg
$ 836
(fair price: $ 721)
Los Angeles → Johannesburg
Los Angeles  → Johannesburg
Los Angeles  → Johannesburg
$ 1125
(fair price: $ 1023)
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
Toronto (Ontario) → Johannesburg
$ 1048
(fair price: $ 893)

Tours and organised trips in South Africa


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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 01-04-2020.

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