Cost of living in Burundi

Summary of cost of living in Burundi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 7,745,332 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,396,136 Franc
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 26,217 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 28,783 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 18,829 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,171 Franc
12 eggs, large 9,849 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,378 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17,072 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10,612 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,122 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 40,000 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 12,000 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 7,928 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,000,000 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,000,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 70,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,500,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 500,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 30,000 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen tv 850,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5,000 Franc
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 80,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 80,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 100,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 200,000 Franc
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,550 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 50,000 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30,000 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 50,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 30,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper 11,550 Franc
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 20,000 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 70,000 Franc
2 tickets to the movies -
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 120,000 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 20,000 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10,000 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8,000 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 150 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 100,000 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 4,500 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Burundi


This map shows only the top cities in Burundi. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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