Cost of living in Rwanda

Summary of cost of living in Rwanda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,877,311 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,837,217 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 10,000 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 15,000 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7,000 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,560 Franc
12 eggs, large 3,455 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,000 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,022 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,000 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 30,000 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 2,629 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,150 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,500,000 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 900,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 600,000 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,172,530 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 900,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 200,000 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 40,000 Franc
40” flat screen tv 800,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 300,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20,000 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5,000 Franc
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 18,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 22,213 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 15,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 36,970 Franc
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 40,000,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,793 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 19,078 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 4,159 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,057 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 12,473 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 2,988 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5,037 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,172 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,000 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,352 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,594 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 10,420 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 12,000 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 40,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 53,863 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 7,718 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,810 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,335 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 211,565 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 60 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 60,000 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,496 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Rwanda


This map shows only the top cities in Rwanda. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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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