Cost of living in Kampala, Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Kampala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 8,339,455 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,004,633 Shilling
  • Cost of living in Kampala is cheaper than in 50% of cities in Africa (7 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Kampala is cheaper than in 75% of cities in the World (204 out of 272)
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List of prices in Kampala
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 16,316 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 25,634 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10,819 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,138 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,442 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,718 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10,274 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,663 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4,009 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,136 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 32,743 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,727 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,758 Shilling
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,673,640 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,422,110 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 294,240 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,911,300 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 770,459 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 261,764 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 143,937 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,494,900 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 643,554 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24,682 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 13,850 Shilling
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 65,735 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 91,369 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 135,061 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 173,471 Shilling
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 34,086,900 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,352 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 110,065 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 29,848 Shilling
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 14,613 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18,697 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 52,689 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 17,408 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15,830 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 19,958 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,943 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 5,595 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26,179 Shilling
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 67,687 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 41,143 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 96,904 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 98,316 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 17,926 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9,568 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,359 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,117,940 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 496 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 339,487 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 12,390 Shilling
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 51 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: May 16, 2022

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Kampala position in our World Ranking

the world
204th
out of 272
africa
7th
out of 14

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