Travel budget in Rwanda

Rwanda: calculate your travel budget

Rwanda: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Rwanda for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 52 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.9 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 937* (913514 RWF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 71 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 5.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1901* (1852788 RWF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 211 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 4612* (4496590 RWF)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).



Cost of living in Rwanda in 2023

Cost of living: Rwanda VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Rwanda in 2023 is 50% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Rwanda by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Rwanda compared to the national average.

Cities /Rwanda View Details
Kigali 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kigali
Kibungo 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kibungo
Butare 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Butare
Gisenyi 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gisenyi
Ruhengeri 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ruhengeri



Local prices in Rwanda by expense type

Rwanda: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Rwanda costs 63% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.9/person
($ 1.6 to $ 5.1)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 17/person
($ 10.3 to $ 27)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.1/person
($ 7.2 to $ 9.7)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.2 for 330ml
($ 0.5 to $ 2)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Rwanda: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Rwanda costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 66 to $ 83)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 64/night
($ 48 to $ 88)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 78/night
($ 49 to $ 138)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 345/night
($ 322 to $ 383)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 379/night
($ 298 to $ 478)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 60/month
($ 44 to $ 78)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 75/month
($ 46 to $ 132)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 156/month
($ 84 to $ 272)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 47/month
($ 27 to $ 102)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 317/month
($ 208 to $ 559)

66% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Rwanda: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Rwanda costs 62% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 1.2/500g
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 2.5)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.7/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 9.2)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2 to $ 6.1)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Rwanda: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Rwanda costs 24% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 0.7 to $ 3.1)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.1
($ 2 to $ 5.1)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9

Rwanda: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Rwanda costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.1/ticket
($ 5.1 to $ 8.5)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.1/hr
($ 3.1 to $ 10.3)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Rwanda: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Rwanda costs 53% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.9/pack
($ 1.6 to $ 3.6)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 23
($ 13 to $ 47)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 16 to $ 61)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Kigali
London → Kigali
London → Kigali
$ 764
(fair price: $ 643)
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
$ 812
(fair price: $ 680)
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
$ 1041
(fair price: $ 854)
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
$ 1469
(fair price: $ 1191)
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
$ 892
(fair price: $ 788)
Chicago → Kigali
Chicago → Kigali
Chicago → Kigali
$ 1107
(fair price: $ 946)


About the information on the cost of living in Rwanda

The information about the cost of living in Rwanda shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Rwanda updated on 05-02-2023.

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