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

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Travel budget in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: calculate your travel budget

Zimbabwe: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 84 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1512*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 102 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 7.8 per person
  • $ 8.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2414*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 149 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 3950*

* 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 Zimbabwe in 2019

Cost of living: Zimbabwe VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Zimbabwe in 2019 is 26% less than United States.

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

Cost of living in Zimbabwe by city

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

Cities /Zimbabwe View Details
Harare 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Harare
Masvingo 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Masvingo
Mutare 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mutare
Bulawayo 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bulawayo
Kwekwe 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kwekwe
Gwanda 35% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gwanda
Gweru 36% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gweru

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Local prices in Zimbabwe by expense type

Restaurant budget in Zimbabwe

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Zimbabwe costs 41% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.2 to $ 10.5)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 22/person
($ 14 to $ 28)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.9/person
($ 5.1 to $ 7.4)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.2 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 2.2 to $ 4.2)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.5 to $ 2.2)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Zimbabwe

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Zimbabwe costs 37% less than in United States.
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 95/night
($ 73 to $ 155)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 109/night
($ 57 to $ 196)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 188/night
($ 81 to $ 1158)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 234/night
($ 136 to $ 542)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 83/month
($ 45 to $ 170)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 120/month
($ 61 to $ 251)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 106/month
($ 59 to $ 261)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Zimbabwe

On average, the price of supermarket food in Zimbabwe costs 18% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.6)

90% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.7)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 4.2)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.3/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 14)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 8.5)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 7.4)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.2)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.3)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.6
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.6/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 17)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Zimbabwe

On average, the price of transport in Zimbabwe costs 6% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
($ 33 to $ 47)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 1.6)

97% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 63/24hrs
($ 44 to $ 120)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Zimbabwe

On average, the cost of housing in Zimbabwe costs 29% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 96/month
($ 54 to $ 159)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 103/month
($ 32 to $ 159)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 333/month
($ 212 to $ 476)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 266/month
($ 128 to $ 371)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 665/month
($ 340 to $ 1058)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 575/month
($ 292 to $ 899)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 55/month
($ 33 to $ 81)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 333/month
($ 159 to $ 635)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7776/yr
($ 3805 to $ 12683)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Zimbabwe

On average, budget for leisure activities in Zimbabwe costs 26% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 8.5/ticket
($ 5.3 to $ 8.5)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 2.2 to $ 22)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Zimbabwe

On average, shopping budget in Zimbabwe costs 26% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 1.8 to $ 3.2)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 36
($ 28 to $ 65)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 34
($ 22 to $ 75)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 76
($ 33 to $ 159)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 82
($ 48 to $ 170)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

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About the information on the cost of living in Zimbabwe

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

Information about cost of living in Zimbabwe updated on 08-03-2019.

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