Cost of Living in Johannesburg

The cost of living in Johannesburg is around half that of European cities such as London and Paris.

While the average salary in Johannesburg is comparatively lower, the city is still ranked as one of the cheapest expat destinations in the world, with the 2016 Mercer Cost of Living report ranking the city at 205 out of 209 countries.

Comparing Johannesburg with other cities in South Africa, expats generally enjoy a higher standard of living as a result of having higher purchasing power, even though the cost of living in Joburg tends to be higher.

For more statistics and general information, see Cost of Living in South Africa.

Cost of living in Johannesburg chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for May 2017.


Furnished two-bedroom house

ZAR 15,000

Unfurnished two-bedroom house

ZAR 11,000

Furnished two-bedroom apartment

ZAR 10,000

Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment

ZAR 12,000


Eggs (dozen)

ZAR 23

Milk (1 litre)

ZAR 15

Rice (1kg)

ZAR 19

Loaf of white bread

ZAR 12

Chicken breasts (1kg)

ZAR 67

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

ZAR 39

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

ZAR 50

Coca-Cola (330ml)



ZAR 20

Bottle of local beer

ZAR 25

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

ZAR 350


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

ZAR 1.50

Internet (Uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month) 

ZAR 800

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

ZAR 1,300


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

ZAR 10

Bus/train fare in the city centre 

ZAR 15

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

ZAR 13