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:

  • $ 24 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.2 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 539* (4506138 ZMK)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • $ 8.8 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1683* (14078148 ZMK)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 143 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 3254* (27218674 ZMK)

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


Cost of living in Lusaka compared to Zambia in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Lusaka in 2020 is 52% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Lusaka in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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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 69% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.8/person
($ 1.9 to $ 4.5)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 9.7 to $ 21)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 2.6/person
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
( $ 1.7)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 2.3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Lusaka

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Lusaka is 35% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 29/night
($ 22 to $ 35)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 35/night
($ 21 to $ 46)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 114/night
($ 60 to $ 190)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 171/night
($ 98 to $ 274)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 193/night
($ 84 to $ 263)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 32/month
($ 16 to $ 46)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 122/month
($ 58 to $ 192)

27% 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
$ 136/month
($ 47 to $ 236)

18% 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
$ 53/month
($ 35 to $ 76)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 388/month
($ 176 to $ 661)

122% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Lusaka

On average, the price of supermarket food in Lusaka is 54% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

9% less 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 $ 0.7)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 1.9)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 0.8/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 14/kg
($ 8.4 to $ 23)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 6)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.8)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.7/kg
( $ 1.7)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.4 to $ 1.7)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.5/kg
( $ 5.5)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Lusaka

On average, the price of transport in Lusaka is 11% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
($ 21 to $ 40)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.1/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

32% 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)
$ 3.2
($ 2.6 to $ 3.2)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 73/24hrs
($ 39 to $ 121)

85% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Lusaka

On average, the cost of housing in Lusaka is 62% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 100/month
($ 97 to $ 104)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 57/month
($ 33 to $ 97)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 242/month
($ 162 to $ 386)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1487
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 205/month
($ 130 to $ 323)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1189
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 734/month
($ 483 to $ 1108)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2412
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 403/month
($ 291 to $ 776)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1890
Gym
Gym
$ 30/month
($ 23 to $ 33)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 146/month
($ 97 to $ 226)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1034
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6276/yr
($ 4823 to $ 8861)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18156

Leisure activity budget in Lusaka

On average, budget for leisure activities in Lusaka is 61% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 3.2 to $ 6.3)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8/hr
($ 6.5 to $ 9.7)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Lusaka

On average, shopping budget in Lusaka is 69% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.3/pack
( $ 1.3)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 15
($ 12 to $ 23)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 13
($ 9.7 to $ 17)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 33
($ 23 to $ 46)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 41
($ 21 to $ 55)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
London → Lusaka
$ 899
(fair price: $ 732)
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
Manchester → Lusaka
$ 937
(fair price: $ 802)
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
Edinburgh → Lusaka
$ 1020
(fair price: $ 881)
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
Dublin → Lusaka
$ 1028
(fair price: $ 909)
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
Perth → Lusaka
$ 1714
(fair price: $ 1524)
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
New York City → Lusaka
$ 1508
(fair price: $ 1299)
Melbourne → Lusaka
Melbourne → Lusaka
Melbourne → Lusaka
$ 1804
(fair price: $ 1591)
Toronto (Ontario) → Lusaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Lusaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Lusaka
$ 1643
(fair price: $ 1404)

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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 25-05-2020.

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