Cost of living in Rwanda

Summary of cost of living in Rwanda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 2,164,138 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,040,445 Franc
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,274 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 4,254 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4,281 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,000 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,391 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,312 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,850 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,349 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 400 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 776 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 14,276 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 1,762 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 845 Franc
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 871,363 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 455,669 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 96,615 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 519,059 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 265,264 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 69,138 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 45,814 Franc
40” flat screen tv 367,907 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 168,201 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 12,059 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 3,000 Franc
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 17,272 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 25,236 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 28,429 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 44,226 Franc
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 8,589,580 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,052 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 29,047 Franc
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,362 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 8,974 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 16,721 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 5,654 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5,880 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,850 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 871 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,192 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,724 Franc
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 17,103 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 9,101 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 100,000 Franc
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 26,309 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,304 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,195 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,242 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 512,733 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 147 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 56,520 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,243 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:
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.

List of all cities available in Rwanda

Butare Byumba Kigali
Ruhengeri Rwamagana

Prices recently added

  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 900 sqft in Kigali costs 101,650 Franc (5 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 900 sqft in Kigali costs 254,125 Franc (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Kigali costs 2,033,000 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Kigali costs 15,000 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Kigali costs 500 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Kigali costs 5,000 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Kigali costs 1,200 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Kigali costs 1,000 Franc (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Kigali costs 3,500 Franc (5 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Kigali costs 4,000 Franc (5 days ago)