Travel Budget for Durban

Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Durban?

How much money will you need for your trip to Durban? You should plan to spend around R783 ($46) per day on your vacation in Durban, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, R239 ($14) on meals for one day and R199 ($12) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Durban for a couple is R736 ($43). So, a trip to Durban for two people for one week costs on average R10,962 ($641). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Durban for one week usually costs around R5,481 for one person. So, a trip to Durban for two people costs around R10,962 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs R21,924 in Durban. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Durban can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Durban? How much money do I need for Durban?

How much does a trip to Durban cost? Is Durban expensive? The average Durban trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Durban prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Durban
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Durban is R368. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Durban is R736.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Durban
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Durban is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent R199 per person, per day, on local transportation in Durban.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Durban
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Rental Cars in Durban
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Food Budget in Durban
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Durban can vary, the average cost of food in Durban is R239 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Durban should cost around R96 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Durban is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Durban
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  • Entertainment and activities in Durban typically cost an average of R246 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Durban
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  • The average person spends about R190 on alcoholic beverages in Durban per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Durban
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  • On average, people spend R15 on bottled water in Durban per day. The public water in Durban is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Durban On a Budget
Durban Durban, South Africa
The third largest city in South Africa, Durban sits on the east coast of the country in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The city also has the country's most active port. The city's comfortable weather and vast beaches make it one of the country's major tourist centers. There's a population of about 3.5 million in the entire metropolitan area that spreads over 2,295 square kilometers.

Durban was originally founded by British settlers but today there is a large Indian population whose ancestors originally relocated here to work the sugar cane plantations. You'll find both English and Zulu spoken in this city.

Durban's climate is humid subtropical. There are hot and humid summers and warm and dry winters. Summer highs usually stay in the low to mid 80s Fahrenheit while winter highs are in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit.
There are a handful of sights and attractions in Durban including the Durban Botanical Gardens, the Mahatma Gandhi Settlement, KwaZulu Natal National Parks and Durban North Japanese Gardens. Also make sure and visit the Golden Mile, which has great beaches and world famous surfing. Crocodile Creek is a great place to see crocodiles as it has over 7000 Nile Crocodiles, Alligators, Caiman, snakes, and other reptiles. Berea is a ridge that looks out over the harbor, city center, and beaches and offers wonderful views of the area.
Downtown Durban is where you'll find a large number of tourist attractions including museums and the City Hall. The Golden Mile is the most prominent part of the city. This area has vast stretches of beach that attracts sunbathers, surfers, and bodybuilders. If you're interested in trying surfing for the first time, head to Addington Beach. Three miles from the city center is Kit Beach. This area has the world's best kite-surfing. There are also several more private beaches north of the Golden Mile. These include Country Club Beach, Tekwini Beach, and Laguna Beach. On the southern side of Durban is a Bluff that looks out on the harbor. The area also has Brighton Beach, Cave Rock Beach, Anstey's Beach, and Garvies Beach.

There are countless activities that you can enjoy in Durban. Water sports are common and you can enjoy surfing, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are some great places to go scuba diving in the area.

It is also worth visiting the Shark Institute, which offers boat tours of the area and will take you out to see the shark nets that protect swimmers and surfers from frequent shark attacks.

Other activities in the area include skydiving, yoga camps, golfing, and shopping.

Festivals in Durban include Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer, the Durban International Film Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival, Awesome Africa, Fashion Week, and any number of Hindu Festivals throughout the year.
Food and Dining
Because of the large Indian population, there is no shortage of excellent Indian restaurants throughout the city. Durban curry is a popular dish that can be either hot or mild. Bunny Chow is also a popular local specialty. The dish is made with a hollowed out piece of bread that is filled with a curry of your choosing. The most authentic Indian food can be found at the Indian neighborhoods around Victoria Market.

If you're looking for trendy cafes, head to the Morningside restaurants along Florida Road. This area provides outdoor seating and caters to upscale businessmen.

Although there is a bus system in Durban, it is not efficient and generally shouldn't be relied upon. The best way to navigate Durban is by car, but if you plan to rely on a GPS device, or even a street map, make sure it is up to date as it seems many street names have recently changed.

Taxis are a good option for travel if you don't have access to a personal car. Make sure you use a registered taxi, and you will have to call ahead as you can't pick a taxi up from the curb by simply waving it down. Some reliable taxi companies include Umhlanga Rocks Taxis, Eagle Taxi's, Zippy Cabs, and Mozzie Cabs. If you plan to rely on taxis, carry the numbers around with you as you never know when you will need them.

There are also minibus or group taxis. These usually travel a set route on a schedule and are less expensive than metered taxis. They are not particularly convenient for tourists as they usually take locals to and from work.

In the beachfront area there are rickshaws available that are specifically targeted at tourists. They generally offer a ride for entertainment as opposed to convenience.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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