Cost of Living in Kigali

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$677
$1769
🛋️ Without rent
$346
$1007
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$331
$762
🍽️ Food
$234
$630
🚐 Transport
$64.3
$183
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$387
😀 Quality of life
53
🏙️ Population
1.16M

The average cost of living in Kigali is $677, which is in the top 27% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 6758th out of 9294 in our global list and 1st out of 8 in Rwanda.

The median after-tax salary is $387, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months. Ranked 6003rd (TOP 65%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 1st best city to live in Rwanda. With an estimated population of 1.16M, Kigali is the 1st largest city in Rwanda.

Why living in Kigali 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 Kigali for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport 9 km Kigali International Airport
😷 Air quality Moderate 23.6 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 6277 African Leadership University, Rwanda
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Prices in Kigali

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.41
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.76
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.97
 Cappuccino
$2.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.71
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$336
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$247
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1206
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$547
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$31.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$48.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$35
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
17.72%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3203
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$661
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.34
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$12.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.56
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.1
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.59
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.02
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.03
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.37
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.53
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.29
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.39
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.04
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.71
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.33
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.83
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.45
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.74
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.92
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.45
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.25
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.76
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.92
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.29
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.81
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$21
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.43
👖 Brand Jeans
$23.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$34.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$123
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1683

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