Cost of living in Rwanda

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 4,768 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 4,187 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 2,669 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 917 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,407 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 920 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,785 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,994 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 364 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 917 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 10,586 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 1,601 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 954 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 619,767 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 360,057 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 111,103 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 838,548 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 374,549 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 166,328 Franc
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 28,058 Franc
40” flat screen TV 336,114 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 128,025 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 6,616 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 30,000 Franc
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 16,451 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 24,459 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 29,911 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 52,806 Franc
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 11,844,700 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,110 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 19,405 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) 15,313 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 4,071 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5,700 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,384 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 693 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,777 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 5,237 Franc
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 13,392 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 7,819 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 29,096 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,828 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3,382 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,693 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 61,698 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 2,825 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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