Lusaka travel budget

Lusaka: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Lusaka

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 21 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.1 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 544* (4492152 ZMK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 72 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1734* (14339724 ZMK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 142 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 3321* (27461980 ZMK)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Lusaka compared to Zambia in 2019

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

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Lusaka in 2019 compared to average prices in United States:


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Local prices in Lusaka by expense type

Restaurant budget in Lusaka

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Lusaka is 61% cheaper than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.8/person
($ 3.2 to $ 5.6)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 10.4 to $ 29)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.6/person
($ 2.7 to $ 5.3)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.7)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Lusaka

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Lusaka is 31% cheaper than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 28/night
($ 21 to $ 34)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 18 to $ 45)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 112/night
($ 58 to $ 188)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 173/night
($ 100 to $ 272)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 198/night
($ 83 to $ 272)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 29/month
($ 14 to $ 45)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 121/month
($ 53 to $ 193)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 165
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 133/month
($ 45 to $ 232)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 53/month
($ 34 to $ 77)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 476/month
($ 185 to $ 919)

169% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Lusaka

On average, the price of supermarket food in Lusaka is 48% cheaper than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.2/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.4/kg
( $ 2.4)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.1/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 4.8)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.3)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.5/kg
( $ 5.5)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 3.3)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
( $ 0.6)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
( $ 1.2)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 2)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.5/kg
($ 6 to $ 6.9)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Lusaka

On average, the price of transport in Lusaka is 12% cheaper than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 26/month
($ 26 to $ 49)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.8/km
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.6
($ 3.2 to $ 4.1)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 73/24hrs
($ 39 to $ 121)

85% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Lusaka

On average, the cost of housing in Lusaka is 32% cheaper than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 73/month
($ 26 to $ 121)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

46% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 101/month
($ 81 to $ 121)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 483/month
($ 281 to $ 721)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1406
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 335/month
($ 161 to $ 427)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1280/month
($ 910 to $ 2402)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2283
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 863/month
($ 241 to $ 1602)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1784
Gym
Gym
$ 51/month
($ 29 to $ 65)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 188/month
($ 161 to $ 214)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 971
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5186/yr
($ 1418 to $ 6403)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17521

Leisure activity budget in Lusaka

On average, budget for leisure activities in Lusaka is 47% cheaper than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.3/ticket
($ 4.1 to $ 6.8)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.6/hr
($ 8 to $ 13)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Lusaka

On average, shopping budget in Lusaka is 37% cheaper than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.6 to $ 3.6)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 26
($ 17 to $ 49)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 49
($ 21 to $ 97)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 49
($ 41 to $ 77)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 59
($ 53 to $ 65)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
$ 862
(fair price: $ 713)
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
$ 901
(fair price: $ 780)
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
$ 958
(fair price: $ 845)
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
$ 979
(fair price: $ 873)
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
$ 1801
(fair price: $ 1585)
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
$ 1531
(fair price: $ 1342)

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About this information on the cost of living in Lusaka

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

The information about the cost of living in Lusaka was updated on 10-10-2019.

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