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

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Travel budget in Zambia

Zambia: calculate your travel budget

Zambia: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 27 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.7 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 622* (5301044 ZMK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 73 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 9.8 per person
  • $ 3.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1749* (14907396 ZMK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 233 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 6.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 4663* (39757788 ZMK)

* 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 Zambia in 2019

Cost of living: Zambia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Zambia in 2019 is 42% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Zambia in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Zambia by city

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

Cities /Zambia View Details
Lusaka 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Lusaka
Siavonga 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Siavonga

Local prices in Zambia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Zambia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Zambia costs 62% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.9/person
($ 2.2 to $ 6.1)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 8.7 to $ 21)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.3/person
($ 3.1 to $ 5.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1 for 330ml
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 2.6)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Zambia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Zambia costs 34% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 49 to $ 55)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 39 to $ 60)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 96/night
($ 67 to $ 138)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 370/night
($ 161 to $ 714)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 447/night
($ 385 to $ 490)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 36/month
($ 17 to $ 58)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 100/month
($ 65 to $ 141)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 140/month
($ 63 to $ 272)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 82/month
($ 48 to $ 186)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Zambia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Zambia costs 51% 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
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 1.6)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.1/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.6/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 13)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 5.3)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 6)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.6)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.7/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 7.5)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Zambia

On average, the price of transport in Zambia costs 4% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 28/month
($ 27 to $ 28)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.3/km
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.4)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.9
($ 1.8 to $ 4.3)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 79/24hrs
($ 54 to $ 110)

100% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Zambia

On average, the cost of housing in Zambia costs 43% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 64/month
($ 27 to $ 132)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 81/month
($ 53 to $ 106)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 357/month
($ 175 to $ 784)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 225/month
($ 88 to $ 420)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 819/month
($ 262 to $ 1571)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 647/month
($ 219 to $ 1743)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 27 to $ 66)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 189/month
($ 114 to $ 236)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6084/yr
($ 1542 to $ 10449)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Zambia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Zambia costs 62% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.5/ticket
($ 2.6 to $ 6.9)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.6/hr
($ 4.3 to $ 14)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Zambia

On average, shopping budget in Zambia costs 40% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.8/pack
($ 1.8 to $ 1.8)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 32
($ 23 to $ 53)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 27
($ 18 to $ 106)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 59
($ 45 to $ 84)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 65
($ 58 to $ 71)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
$ 894
(fair price: $ 746)

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About the information on the cost of living in Zambia

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

Information about cost of living in Zambia updated on 22-03-2019.

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