Cost of living in Rwanda

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Food
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 3,300 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,083 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,608 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 838 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,511 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,417 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 513 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 782 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 10,777 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,982 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,000 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,089,860 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 500,000 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,000 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 437,500 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 19,333 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 26,667 Franc
40” flat screen TV 200,000 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 125,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 11,293 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,500 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 27,500 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 38,333 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 30,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 50,000 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 12,320,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,151 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 12,073 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,667 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 8,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 37,500 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 3,500 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,623 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,833 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 776 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,373 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,250 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 20,144 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 12,293 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 16,774 Franc
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 45,179 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 4,667 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,747 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,117 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 390,000 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 35 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 32,500 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,500 Franc

Map of Cost of Living in Rwanda

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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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