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:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.4 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 964* (13608 ZAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 67 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 9.9 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1943* (27426 ZAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3306* (46662 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 2021

Cost of living: South Africa VS United States

On average, the cost of living in South Africa in 2021 is 35% 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 130% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Worcester
Johannesburg 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Johannesburg
Cape Town 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cape Town
Durban 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Durban
Pretoria 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pretoria
Polokwane 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Polokwane

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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 47% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.8/person
($ 4.8 to $ 21)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 21/person
($ 14 to $ 35)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.1/person
($ 3.3 to $ 5.1)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2 for 500ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 2.7)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

South Africa: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in South Africa costs 45% 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 $ 115)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 132/night
($ 96 to $ 180)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 242/night
($ 173 to $ 339)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 44/month
($ 39 to $ 51)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 109/month
($ 78 to $ 156)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 103/month
($ 63 to $ 165)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 100/month
($ 72 to $ 139)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 181/month
($ 109 to $ 292)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

South Africa: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in South Africa costs 44% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.9/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 7.4)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.5
Apples
Apples
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

South Africa: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in South Africa costs 7% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.7/ticket
($ 1.2 to $ 3.3)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.8/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.3
($ 0.8 to $ 3.3)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 55/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 93)

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

South Africa: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in South Africa costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.5/ticket
($ 4.8 to $ 10.2)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.7/hr
($ 3.8 to $ 14)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

South Africa: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in South Africa costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.1/pack
($ 2.7 to $ 3.7)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 53
($ 28 to $ 69)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 17 to $ 55)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
London → Cape Town
$ 862
(fair price: $ 683)
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
London → Johannesburg
$ 720
(fair price: $ 592)
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
Manchester → Cape Town
$ 831
(fair price: $ 722)
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
New York City → Johannesburg
$ 1088
(fair price: $ 856)
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
Dublin → Cape Town
$ 751
(fair price: $ 633)
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
Manchester → Johannesburg
$ 728
(fair price: $ 611)


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 30-09-2021.

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