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Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

How much does it cost to travel to Soweto?

You should plan to spend around $60 (R1,151) per day on your vacation in Soweto. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (R379) on meals
  • $11 (R219) on local transportation
  • $62 (R1,177) on hotels

A one week trip to Soweto for two people costs, on average, $846 (R16,121). 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 Soweto cost?

A one week trip to Soweto usually costs around $423 (R8,060) for one person and $846 (R16,121) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Soweto on average costs around $846 (R16,121) for one person and $1,691 (R32,241) 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 Soweto will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Soweto on average costs around $1,812 (R34,544) for one person and $3,624 (R69,088) 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 Soweto 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 Soweto expensive to visit?

Soweto 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 falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Soweto is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Dakar or Asilah.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) R1,177 ($62)
Local Transportation 1 R219 ($11)
Food 2 R379 ($20)
Entertainment 1 R296 ($16)
Alcohol 2 R76 - 229 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Soweto
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Soweto is $31 (R589). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Soweto is $62 (R1,177). 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 Soweto

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Transportation Budget in Soweto
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Soweto is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $11 (R219) per person, per day, on local transportation in Soweto.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Soweto can vary, the average cost of food in Soweto is $20 (R379) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Soweto should cost around $7.96 (R152) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Soweto is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Soweto
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Soweto typically cost an average of $16 (R296) 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.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Soweto
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.99 (R152) on alcoholic beverages in Soweto per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Soweto On a Budget
Soweto Soweto, South Africa
The name Soweto is an acronym for South Western Townships, first used in 1963 to describe the groups of townships to the south west of Johannesburg. It is a city of contrasts, featuring anything from tin shanties to luxurious mansions, and is probably best known for being the home of two Nobel Prize winners.
One of the top attractions of Soweto is the Mandela Family Museum, located on Vilakazi Street. The structure itself was the home of Nelson Mandela from 1946-1962. Today it is a museum run by his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and contains memorabilia from the short time they lived there together before Mandela went into hiding. The house of Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also nearby as is the Hector Pieterson Museum, which chronicles the 1976 Soweto student uprising and is named for its first victim, a 12-year-old boy.

Another top attraction of Soweto is the recently restored Credo Mutwa Village (with its Zulu and Sotho homesteads). It is an outdoor museum dedicated to showcasing the sculptures and other works of artist and traditional healer Credo Mutwa. Other sights in and around Soweto include the Regina Mundi Church (site of anti-Apartheid activism), the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City amusement park, Thokoza Park, and the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve.
The area of Soweto consists of more than 80 townships. Klipspruit is the oldest of the townships, originally created in 1904 to house mainly black laborers who worked in mines and other industries in the city of Johannesburg. From there the adjoining towns grew, eventually making Soweto the most populous black urban residential area in the country. Many of the popular attractions are located in the Orlando West neighborhood of Soweto. Vilakazi Street, for example, is the only street in the world that features the old homes of two Nobel Prize laureates-Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Also nearby is the Hector Pieterson Museum. Old townships like Old Diepkloof and Orlando are generally barren with small, simple brown houses, while the newer "extensions" like Diepkloof Extension and Pimville Extension are characterized by relatively affluent houses with tree-lined streets, good roads, playgrounds, and schools.

Most people visit Soweto to see the historic sights, especially the homes of the Nobel Prize winners Mandela and Tutu. These can be explored by one's own adventure, or by booking a guided tour. Most choose to visit Soweto as part of an official tour group led by a Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) accredited tour guide.

There are also plenty of options as far as nightlife goes. Wandie's Place in Dube, for example, is a cozy restaurant-bar-lounge popular with tourists, as are places like Pallazo Distella in Dube and Club 707 or Ubuntu Kraal, both in Orlando West. In addition to the popular tourist spots, there are also many shebeens or local drinking places to try out.
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.

Most people visiting Soweto enter via Johannesburg. O.R. Tambo International Airport, formerly called Johannesburg International, is the main 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.

From Johannesburg, visitors can take a tour via their hotel or explore on their own via car or suburban rail. By metro rail, take the train from Johannesburg Park station bound for either Naledi (for northern Soweto), Oberholzer, or Vereeniging (for southern Soweto). Other Soweto train stations are at Merafe, Inhlazane, Ikwezi, Dube, Phefeni, Phomolong, Mzimhlophe, Mlamlankunzi, Orlando, Nancefield, Kliptown, Tshiawelo, and Midway.

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.