Rwanda vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

Rwanda South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$664
$852
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1701
$1977
🏠 One person rent
$325
$440
🏘️ Family rent
$716
$760
🍽️ Food expenses
$234
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$57.4
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$376
$1397
💸 GDP per capita
$798
$5656
😃 Human freedom index
6.36
7.3
❤️ Life expectancy
69.3
64.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
53
44
🌐 English speaking %
15%
31%
🎓 Higher education
20
83
😀 Quality of life
47
50
🏙️ Population
12.2M
59.6M

The average cost of living in Rwanda ($664) is 22% less expensive than in South Africa ($852). Rwanda ranked 127th vs 90th for South Africa in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months in Rwanda compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 101st and 89th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Rwanda vs South Africa

We calculate prices for Rwanda and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 8 and 36 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Rwanda South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.31
$6.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30.8
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.59
$3.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.96
$1.7
 Cappuccino
$2.48
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.71
$0.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$343
$393
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$236
$313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1097
$686
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$515
$596
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$30.9
$64.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$47.5
$98.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.1
$46.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
17.7%
8.82%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2989
$939
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$620
$803
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.35
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$15.3
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$10.3
$9.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.08
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.58
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.09
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$1.13
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.41
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.05
$6.83
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.92
$4.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.23
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.3
$1.42
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.06
$1.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.63
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$1.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.33
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.84
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.75
$1.26
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.58
$5.32
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.93
$1.33
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.54
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.27
$3.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.72
$3.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.91
$1.56
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.28
$1.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$34.8
$26.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.81
$5.49
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.8
$27.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.41
$5.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$22.8
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$34.6
$83
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$125
$180
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1720
$4468

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Cities Comparison in Rwanda vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Rwanda

City Cost of living Population
Kigali
$677
1.16M
Gisenyi
$628
137K
Ruhengeri
$600
59.3K
Butare
$578
50.2K
Byumba
$668
34.5K
Cyangugu
$625
27.4K
Nyanza
$584
25.4K
Kibuye
$663
12.3K

In South Africa

City Cost of living Population
Johannesburg
$935
4.43M
Soweto
$897
1.27M
Pretoria
$835
742K
Rustenburg
$881
550K
Pietermaritzburg
$685
619K
Durban
$827
595K
Randburg
$776
337K
Cape Town
$904
434K
Sandton
$907
222K
Port Elizabeth
$905
312K
Centurion
$734
237K
Bloemfontein
$696
256K
East London
$800
267K
Kimberley
$785
225K
Benoni
$821
159K
Kroonstad
$770
169K
Klerksdorp
$629
187K
Paarl
$883
112K
Springs
$766
122K
Uitenhage
$579
104K
George
$689
157K
Mthatha
$760
96.1K
Vereeniging
$728
99K
Middelburg
$822
87.3K
Upington
$815
121K
Potchefstroom
$639
149K
Komani
$761
68.9K
Makhanda
$766
67.3K
Welkom
$708
64.1K
Bethal
$760
60.8K