Cost of living in Kigali, Rwanda

Summary of cost of living in Kigali

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,997,501 Franc
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 964,814 Franc
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List of prices in Kigali, Rwanda. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,967 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 4,368 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,258 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,000 Franc
12 eggs, large 1,550 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,088 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,471 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3,132 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 391 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 798 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 14,974 Franc
2 liters of coca-cola 1,691 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 795 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 820,429 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 420,677 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 111,822 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 563,024 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 318,995 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 53,229 Franc
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 31,870 Franc
40” flat screen tv 358,330 Franc
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 131,787 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 6,054 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help 9,774 Franc
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 15,905 Franc
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 30,209 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 29,809 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 46,796 Franc
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 9,760,920 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,045 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 21,449 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 8,214 Franc
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,523 Franc
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 7,188 Franc
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 18,358 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 3,680 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4,710 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4,640 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 840 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 1,451 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,004 Franc
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 14,409 Franc
2 tickets to the movies 10,201 Franc
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 43,201 Franc
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 33,897 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 5,061 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,895 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,413 Franc
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 362,333 Franc
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 78 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 39,100 Franc
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,880 Franc
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 441 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: January 23, 2020

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