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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Pretoria?

You should plan to spend around $49 (R918) per day on your vacation in Pretoria. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $15 (R274) on meals
  • $12 (R217) on local transportation
  • $49 (R924) on hotels

A one week trip to Pretoria for two people costs, on average, $683 (R12,847). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Pretoria cost?

A one week trip to Pretoria usually costs around $341 (R6,424) for one person and $683 (R12,847) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Pretoria on average costs around $683 (R12,847) for one person and $1,365 (R25,695) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Pretoria will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Pretoria on average costs around $1,463 (R27,530) for one person and $2,926 (R55,060) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Pretoria has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Pretoria expensive to visit?

Pretoria is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in South Africa, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Pretoria is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Africa for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Dahab, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Dar es Salaam.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Pretoria Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Pretoria?

The average Pretoria trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Pretoria travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) R924 ($49)
Local Transportation 1 R217 ($12)
Food 2 R274 ($15)
Entertainment 1 R267 ($14)
Alcohol 2 R288 - 864 ($15 - 46)
Accommodation Budget in Pretoria
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Pretoria is $25 (R462). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Pretoria is $49 (R924). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Pretoria

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Transportation Budget in Pretoria
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Pretoria is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (R217) per person, per day, on local transportation in Pretoria.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Pretoria
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Pretoria can vary, the average cost of food in Pretoria is $15 (R274) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Pretoria should cost around $5.83 (R110) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Pretoria is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Pretoria
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Pretoria typically cost an average of $14 (R267) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. 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 Pretoria
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $31 (R576) on alcoholic beverages in Pretoria 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 Pretoria
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  • On average, people spend $0.33 (R6.25) on bottled water in Pretoria per day. The public water in Pretoria is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Pretoria On a Budget
Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa
Located in Gauteng Province, Pretoria is the administrative capital city of South Africa, making it home to many government buildings and three universities. It is actually one of three capital cities, being home to the executive branch, with Cape Town as the legislative capital and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital. Within South Africa, Pretoria is also known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of jacaranda trees lining its streets, parks, and gardens.
Many of Pretoria's attractions revolve around the natural world. Even its governmental Union Buildings are designed with beautiful gardens. Other top nature sights include the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, which is home to succulents, herbs, a wetland area, arboretum, and wildlife, as well as the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, which includes a 210-acre zoo and research hub that features a reptile park, aquarium, and exotic tree collection. Combining the best of history and nature, another popular attraction of Pretoria is the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, a public park with a 19th-century fort, Stone Age site, and a 1,000-year-old fig tree.

As far as historical monuments and museums go, the Voortrekker Monument commemorates the Afrikaans settlers who arrived in the country during the 1830s. Other important sights include the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (formerly known as the Transvaal Museum), the living history Victorian settlement at the Pioneer Museum, Freedom Park memorial and museum dedicated to those killed in past wars, the Melrose House Victorian mansion, and the Pretoria Art Museum which features a collection of Dutch masters and South African works.

For those interested in higher education, Pretoria is also home to the University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, and Tshwane University of Technology.
Pretoria is divided into 5 regions: Eastern, Southern, Central Western, North West, and North East. Much of the city is made up of sprawling suburbs that feature corporate offices, small businesses, shops, and government departments. The traditional center of government and commerce, however is concentrated in the central business district. The city center also consists of many banks, large corporations, shopping centers, and other businesses. With a few towering skyscrapers, this area of Pretoria additionally features historical buildings, monuments, and museums like the Pretoria City Hall, Pretorius Square, Church Square, the Ou Raadsaal, and the Transvaal Museum. Other attractions include the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Melrose House Museum, Pretoria Art Museum, and the African Window Cultural History Museum-again all concentrated in the city center.

Pretoria has plenty of opportunities to get out and do some sightseeing-from historical museums and art galleries to nature reserves, gardens, and zoos. Beyond the list mentioned above, a few additional popular places to visit include the Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site (which encompasses a museum and nature reserve), the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, and Groenkloof Nature Reserve which features wildlife like zebra and giraffe as well as plenty of hiking and biking trails.
Food and Dining
Cuisine of South Africa is characterized by a combination of indigenous, Dutch, French, and Indian influences. The indigenous side of things mainly consisted of harvesting fruits, nuts, bulbs, leaves, and other items gathered from wild plants as well as the hunting of wild game, though eventually domestic cattle were introduced as well as grain crops like maize. Today, a staple meal remains mieliepap-a kind of porridge or polenta made from ground maize. Meat also remains central to the South African diet with braai (barbeque) and biltong (dried & preserved) being the most common methods of preparation. Beef, mutton, goat, and chicken are all found in South African dishes. As far as foreign influences go, the Dutch brought spices like nutmeg and chili peppers as well as pickled fish and a variety of fish stews, the French brought wines and traditional recipes from France, and the Indians brought curry dishes, chutneys, and fried snacks, amongst other items. Being a major city, Pretoria features restaurants of both local and international cuisine, as well as popular franchises.

O.R. Tambo International Airport, formerly called Johannesburg International, is the nearest airport serving the area. It is located about 21 km (or 13 mi) from the city center of Johannesburg, and is the busiest airport in Africa as well as the connecting hub for flights to other cities in Southern Africa. The Albertina Sisulu Highway or R21 leads from the airport to Pretoria. It is also possible to take a taxi or walk to Isando, 1.5 km from the airport, and take a MetroRail suburban train to Pretoria (the train ride is about 55 minutes).

Airport shuttles are also available at the airport or can be pre-booked. Additionally, there are a number of major bus lines that connect to all major cities in South Africa.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.