Travel budget in Uganda

Uganda: calculate your travel budget

Uganda: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.4 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 619* (2131584 UGX)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 5.5 per person
  • $ 6.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1653* (5693422 UGX)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 217 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 4062* (13991516 UGX)

* 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 Uganda in 2020

Cost of living: Uganda VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Uganda 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 Uganda by city

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

Cities /Uganda View Details
Kampala 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kampala
Entebbe 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Entebbe
Soroti 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Soroti
Kasese 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kasese

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Local prices in Uganda by expense type

Uganda: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Uganda costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.9/person
($ 1.4 to $ 5.7)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 7.2/person
($ 4.3 to $ 13)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.2/person
($ 6.5 to $ 10)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 1.7)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.3/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Uganda: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Uganda costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 42 to $ 57)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 48/night
($ 30 to $ 78)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 48 to $ 163)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 346/night
($ 317 to $ 385)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 269/night
($ 251 to $ 287)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 32/month
($ 27 to $ 39)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 110/month
($ 59 to $ 183)

36% 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
$ 136/month
($ 98 to $ 187)

19% 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
$ 44/month
($ 33 to $ 57)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 302/month
($ 241 to $ 425)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Uganda: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Uganda costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2 to $ 7)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 5.7)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.4/salad
( $ 1.4)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.2/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 4.1)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Uganda: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Uganda costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 27/month
($ 8.6 to $ 53)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.4)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

47% 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)
$ 1.4
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5

Uganda: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Uganda costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 42/month
($ 30 to $ 59)

76% 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
$ 69/month
($ 45 to $ 139)

7% 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)
$ 238/month
($ 145 to $ 346)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 132/month
($ 88 to $ 231)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 809/month
($ 576 to $ 1299)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 354/month
($ 217 to $ 766)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 63/month
($ 21 to $ 110)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 140/month
($ 52 to $ 288)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9190/yr
($ 4316 to $ 16233)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Uganda: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Uganda costs 53% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.3/ticket
($ 5.7 to $ 8.6)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.6/hr
($ 2.9 to $ 8.6)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Uganda: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Uganda costs 60% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2/pack
($ 1.7 to $ 2.9)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 15
($ 8.6 to $ 23)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 24
($ 7.2 to $ 45)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 42
($ 21 to $ 73)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 45
($ 30 to $ 73)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

London → Kampala
London → Kampala
London → Kampala
$ 701
(fair price: $ 617)
Manchester → Kampala
Manchester → Kampala
Manchester → Kampala
$ 753
(fair price: $ 653)
Dublin → Kampala
Dublin → Kampala
Dublin → Kampala
$ 673
(fair price: $ 581)
New York City → Kampala
New York City → Kampala
New York City → Kampala
$ 1065
(fair price: $ 940)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kampala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kampala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kampala
$ 1219
(fair price: $ 1063)
Edinburgh → Kampala
Edinburgh → Kampala
Edinburgh → Kampala
$ 852
(fair price: $ 670)
Los Angeles → Kampala
Los Angeles  → Kampala
Los Angeles  → Kampala
$ 1324
(fair price: $ 1136)

Tours and organised trips in Uganda


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About the information on the cost of living in Uganda

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

Information about cost of living in Uganda updated on 03-04-2020.

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