Travel budget and cost of living in Rwanda how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 39 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.1 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 728* (615510 RWF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 5.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1962* (1658664 RWF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 119 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 40 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3646* (3082492 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 2019

Cost of living: Rwanda VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Rwanda in 2019 is 45% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Rwanda in 2019 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 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kigali
Gisenyi 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gisenyi
Butare 29% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Butare
Ruhengeri 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ruhengeri
Kibungo 28% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kibungo

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Local prices in Rwanda by expense type

Restaurant budget in Rwanda

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Rwanda costs 55% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.4/person
($ 1.2 to $ 3.6)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 9.4 to $ 20)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7/person
($ 4.2 to $ 8.2)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.3 for 330ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Rwanda

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Rwanda costs 38% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 67 to $ 69)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 33 to $ 76)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 60 to $ 137)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 159/night
($ 143 to $ 179)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 369/night
($ 254 to $ 531)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 42/month
($ 36 to $ 48)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 59/month
($ 39 to $ 89)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 152/month
($ 78 to $ 256)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 39/month
($ 29 to $ 57)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 255/month
($ 136 to $ 434)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Rwanda

On average, the price of supermarket food in Rwanda costs 56% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.4/500g
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.4/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 1.4)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3 to $ 10.6)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.9/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 8.2)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 5.9)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 2.4/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 6.5)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Rwanda

On average, the price of transport in Rwanda costs 5% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 18/month
($ 12 to $ 24)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.4/km
($ 1.8 to $ 2.4)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

61% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5
($ 2.2 to $ 5.9)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5

Budget for living and housing in Rwanda

On average, the cost of housing in Rwanda costs 63% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 40/month
($ 24 to $ 60)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 44/month
($ 26 to $ 236)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 330/month
($ 143 to $ 590)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 107/month
($ 48 to $ 177)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 776/month
($ 354 to $ 1765)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 342/month
($ 236 to $ 495)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 24 to $ 60)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 149/month
($ 72 to $ 236)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 848/yr
($ 590 to $ 1493)

95% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Rwanda

On average, budget for leisure activities in Rwanda costs 43% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.9/ticket
($ 5.3 to $ 5.9)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.6/hr
($ 3.6 to $ 18)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Rwanda

On average, shopping budget in Rwanda costs 56% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1/pack
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 23
($ 18 to $ 30)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 24
($ 12 to $ 36)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 36
($ 30 to $ 54)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 52
($ 36 to $ 66)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Kigali
London → Kigali
London → Kigali
$ 794
(fair price: $ 698)
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
$ 933
(fair price: $ 776)

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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 17-05-2019.

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