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Cost of Living in Rwanda

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$665
$1631
🛋️ Without rent
$352
$1005
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$312
$627
🍽️ Food
$241
$639
🚐 Transport
$63.2
$178
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$271
💸 GDP per capita
$773
🏙️ Population
12.2M

The cost of living in Rwanda is $665, which is 1.11 times less expensive than the world average. Rwanda ranked 128th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 121st best country to live in.

The average salary after taxes in Rwanda is $271, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.4 months.

Why living in Rwanda is so expensive? Because we have a developed country lifestyle as a reference and in some least developed countries maintaining such a standard of living is hard and expensive. Thus, living costs in Rwanda for locals and expats differ significantly.

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To maintain the standard of living with a salary of $1000 in Kigali, you will need $827 a month in Gisenyi - the cost of living in Kigali is 1.21 times higher than in Gisenyi.

Prices in Rwanda

We calculate prices for Rwanda as a population-weighted mean of 8 cities. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.6
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$29.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.65
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.35
☕ Cappuccino
$2.44
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.77

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.35
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.53
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.76
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.31
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.23
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.78
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.14
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.52
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.37
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.53
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.68
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$9.31
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.03
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.91
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.32
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.03
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.88
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.59

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.33
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$15.2
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.1

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$414
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$179
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$843
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$436
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$43
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$66.3
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$43.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
17.71%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3298
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$539

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$7.06
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$18.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.65
👖 Brand Jeans
$17.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$29
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$101
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1584