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:

  • $ 40 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 732* (680778 RWF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 5.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1862* (1732682 RWF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 205 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 4711* (4383834 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 2020

Cost of living: Rwanda VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Rwanda in 2020 is essentially the same as 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 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kigali
Ruhengeri 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ruhengeri
Kibungo 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kibungo
Gisenyi 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gisenyi
Butare 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Butare


Local prices in Rwanda by expense type

Rwanda: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Rwanda costs 53% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.2/person
($ 1.3 to $ 5.4)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 22/person
($ 11 to $ 28)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 4.3)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Rwanda: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Rwanda costs 28% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 48 to $ 70)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 49 to $ 75)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 79/night
($ 55 to $ 124)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 335/night
($ 316 to $ 355)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 355/night
($ 241 to $ 504)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 45/month
($ 35 to $ 55)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 71/month
($ 51 to $ 97)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 157/month
($ 87 to $ 261)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 40/month
($ 29 to $ 60)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 316/month
($ 204 to $ 447)

81% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Rwanda: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Rwanda costs 55% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.2/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 3.5/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 9.7)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 4.5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.1/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 6.5)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
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): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 4.9)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Rwanda: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Rwanda costs 25% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 17/month
($ 14 to $ 39)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 0.7 to $ 3.2)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

62% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.7
($ 1.7 to $ 5.4)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3

Rwanda: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Rwanda costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 59/month
($ 28 to $ 106)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 53/month
($ 28 to $ 93)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 458/month
($ 269 to $ 754)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 247/month
($ 162 to $ 484)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1218/month
($ 647 to $ 1937)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 582/month
($ 323 to $ 1236)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 33/month
($ 22 to $ 54)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 122/month
($ 51 to $ 299)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1473/yr
($ 647 to $ 3534)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

Rwanda: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Rwanda costs 54% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.4/ticket
($ 4.3 to $ 11)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.5/hr
($ 3.2 to $ 17)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Rwanda: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Rwanda costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 18
($ 11 to $ 40)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 24
($ 11 to $ 54)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 30
($ 17 to $ 54)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 48
($ 33 to $ 87)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

London → Kigali
London → Kigali
London → Kigali
$ 743
(fair price: $ 649)
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
$ 825
(fair price: $ 717)
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 893)
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
$ 814
(fair price: $ 744)
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
$ 1369
(fair price: $ 1150)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
$ 1255
(fair price: $ 1090)
Edinburgh → Kigali
Edinburgh → Kigali
Edinburgh → Kigali
$ 839
(fair price: $ 729)
Los Angeles → Kigali
Los Angeles  → Kigali
Los Angeles  → Kigali
$ 1351
(fair price: $ 1170)
Sydney → Kigali
Sydney → Kigali
Sydney → Kigali
$ 1728
(fair price: $ 1549)
Melbourne → Kigali
Melbourne → Kigali
Melbourne → Kigali
$ 1724
(fair price: $ 1557)

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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 28-09-2020.

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