Cost of Living in Johannesburg

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The cost of living in Johannesburg is relatively inexpensive for those from overseasThe 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.
Accommodation
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
Shopping
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 9
Cappuccino 
ZAR 20
Bottle of local beer
ZAR 25
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant
ZAR 350
Utilities
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
Transportation
Taxi rate (per kilometre)
ZAR 10
Bus/train fare in the city centre 
ZAR 15
Petrol/gasoline (per litre)
ZAR 13

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