Travel budget in Zambia

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Zambia: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 28 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 571* (4778704 ZMK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 74 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.3 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1640* (13741546 ZMK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 198 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 3962* (33204052 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 2020

Cost of living: Zambia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Zambia 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 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 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Lusaka
Siavonga 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Siavonga

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Local prices in Zambia by expense type

Zambia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Zambia costs 67% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.3/person
($ 1.6 to $ 4.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 12 to $ 21)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.1/person
($ 2.3 to $ 4.7)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.2 for 330ml
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Zambia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Zambia costs 27% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 46 to $ 53)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 39 to $ 61)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 66 to $ 146)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 297/night
($ 159 to $ 527)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 261
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 461/night
($ 395 to $ 514)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 504
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 38/month
($ 18 to $ 55)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 101/month
($ 70 to $ 141)

40% 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
$ 146/month
($ 63 to $ 278)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 78/month
($ 44 to $ 180)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 304/month
($ 174 to $ 521)

73% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Zambia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Zambia costs 54% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.1/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 28)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.3/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 5.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2 to $ 6.6)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Zambia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Zambia costs 13% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 24/month
($ 24 to $ 40)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.8/km
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

50% 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)
$ 3.1
($ 1.2 to $ 3.8)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 77/24hrs
($ 40 to $ 126)

94% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Zambia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Zambia costs 57% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 91/month
($ 24 to $ 125)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 72/month
($ 47 to $ 85)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 185/month
($ 116 to $ 432)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 161/month
($ 78 to $ 324)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1111
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 567/month
($ 232 to $ 927)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2242
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 288/month
($ 194 to $ 754)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1763
Gym
Gym
$ 30/month
($ 21 to $ 40)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 122/month
($ 101 to $ 156)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 971
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5978/yr
($ 4212 to $ 8606)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17203

Zambia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Zambia costs 64% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.3/ticket
($ 3.8 to $ 6.2)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.2/hr
($ 1.6 to $ 12)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Zambia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Zambia costs 61% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 17
($ 14 to $ 21)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 17
($ 6.2 to $ 28)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 34
($ 21 to $ 55)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 53
($ 40 to $ 63)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
$ 889
(fair price: $ 729)
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
$ 924
(fair price: $ 797)
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
$ 998
(fair price: $ 874)
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
$ 997
(fair price: $ 887)
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
$ 1804
(fair price: $ 1609)
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
$ 1514
(fair price: $ 1318)

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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 11-01-2020.

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