Cost of living in Rwanda

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 5,339 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 3,983 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,502 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 886 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,407 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 904 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,273 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,375 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 353 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 907 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 9,091 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,520 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 855 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 762,493 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 394,036 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 100,350 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 674,816 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 387,500 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 124,815 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 29,078 Franc
40” flat screen TV 341,688 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 128,931 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 5,005 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 30,000 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 15,369 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 30,755 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 28,489 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 42,500 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 11,844,700 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,086 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 20,250 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,084 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 6,500 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 17,026 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 3,950 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,389 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,362 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 778 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,598 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 5,303 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 11,177 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 8,393 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 25,072 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,284 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,628 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,440 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 352,572 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 42,638 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2,825 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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