Cost of living in Uganda

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,172 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19,944 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 19,223 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,482 Shilling
12 eggs, large 8,258 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,580 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 26,181 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,557 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,692 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,834 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 47,442 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4,646 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3,762 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 4,545,270 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,620,520 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 389,941 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,945,530 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,668,590 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 217,440 Shilling
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 113,742 Shilling
40” flat screen TV 1,424,580 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 647,022 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 31,373 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 155,000 Shilling
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 70,244 Shilling
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 120,849 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 174,907 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 233,469 Shilling
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 99,503,100 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,787 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 113,443 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11,706 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 35,003 Shilling
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 92,215 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18,643 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 21,604 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 22,892 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 9,300 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 4,070 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 22,706 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 58,353 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 40,859 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 70,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 132,152 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 19,131 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11,305 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 5,167 Shilling
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,414,540 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 600 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 230,544 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 24,795 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Uganda


This map shows only the top cities in Uganda. 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.

List of all cities available in Uganda

Arua Bwizibwera Gulu
Kampala Kasese Kitgum
Lira Masaka Mbale

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Arua costs 100,000 Shilling (3 days ago)