Cost of living in Rwanda

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,856 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 4,928 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,125 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,072 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,521 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 836 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,167 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,300 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 489 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 852 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 11,655 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,982 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,100 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 915,000 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 541,418 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 55,750 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 551,600 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 416,667 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 83,333 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 21,250 Franc
40” flat screen TV 275,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 150,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 10,063 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,500 Franc
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 24,938 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 33,925 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 30,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 55,000 Franc
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 11,804,400 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,310 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 15,000 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,009 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,333 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 28,500 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,666 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 3,972 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 778 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,802 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 6,000 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 14,888 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 10,622 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 30,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 45,372 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 6,019 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,615 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,334 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 393,333 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 55,000 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2,250 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.

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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