Kigali travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Kigali

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.1 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 571* (488040 RWF)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 51 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1565* (1338498 RWF)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 101 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2936* (2511012 RWF)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Kigali compared to Rwanda in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Kigali in 2020 is 48% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Kigali in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Kigali by expense type

Restaurant budget in Kigali

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Kigali is 58% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2/person
($ 1.7 to $ 2.9)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.1/person
($ 9.1 to $ 21)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.9/person
($ 6.8 to $ 7.9)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.4 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 4.5)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Kigali

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kigali is 43% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 73/night
($ 52 to $ 96)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 36/night
($ 22 to $ 55)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 65/night
($ 35 to $ 96)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 138/night
($ 91 to $ 189)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
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): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 61/month
($ 42 to $ 83)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 90/month
($ 52 to $ 141)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 149/month
($ 69 to $ 251)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 41/month
($ 23 to $ 76)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 194/month
($ 75 to $ 408)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Kigali

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kigali is 58% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 1.3)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.9/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 10.2)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 8.1)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 5.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.8)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.7 to $ 0.8)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 6.2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Kigali

On average, the price of transport in Kigali is 26% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 17/month
($ 14 to $ 23)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.3
($ 1.7 to $ 5.6)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5

Budget for living and housing in Kigali

On average, the cost of housing in Kigali is 64% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 34/month
($ 23 to $ 60)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
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
$ 36/month
($ 29 to $ 81)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 455/month
($ 226 to $ 752)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 159/month
($ 46 to $ 284)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1249/month
($ 622 to $ 2033)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 611/month
($ 340 to $ 1287)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 32/month
($ 23 to $ 58)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 110/month
($ 58 to $ 226)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1039/yr
($ 566 to $ 1525)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Leisure activity budget in Kigali

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kigali is 25% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 3.9 to $ 12)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 10.2 to $ 17)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Kigali

On average, shopping budget in Kigali is 62% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.7 to $ 2.3)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 18
($ 9.1 to $ 23)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 23
($ 17 to $ 29)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 30
($ 17 to $ 35)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 46
($ 35 to $ 52)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

London → Kigali
London → Kigali
London → Kigali
$ 738
(fair price: $ 658)
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
Manchester → Kigali
$ 832
(fair price: $ 722)
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
New York City → Kigali
$ 1070
(fair price: $ 927)
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
Dublin → Kigali
$ 812
(fair price: $ 738)
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
Montreal → Kigali
$ 1365
(fair price: $ 1151)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
Toronto (Ontario) → Kigali
$ 1266
(fair price: $ 1096)
Edinburgh → Kigali
Edinburgh → Kigali
Edinburgh → Kigali
$ 839
(fair price: $ 729)
Los Angeles → Kigali
Los Angeles  → Kigali
Los Angeles  → Kigali
$ 1367
(fair price: $ 1191)
Sydney → Kigali
Sydney → Kigali
Sydney → Kigali
$ 1745
(fair price: $ 1566)

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About this information on the cost of living in Kigali

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

The information about the cost of living in Kigali was updated on 31-03-2020.

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