Cost of Living in Kampala

Cost of living in Kampala is 62.54% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 485.87$ (1,677,726.05USh) and for four person family at 1,730.76$ (5,976,302.71USh) (without rent).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7,000.00 USh 5,000.00-10,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75,000.00 USh 50,000.00-80,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20,000.00 USh 20,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3,500.00 USh 3,500.00-4,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4,000.00 USh 4,000.00-5,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7,062.50 USh 6,000.00-8,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1,500.00 USh 1,000.00-2,000.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 900.00 USh 700.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8,801.08 USh 7,949.37-9,084.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,290.64 USh 1,814.37-2,721.56
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,663.17 USh 1,360.78-2,267.96
Eggs (12) 3,880.00 USh 3,000.00-5,600.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6,955.09 USh 2,721.56-9,071.86
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6,955.09 USh 5,443.11-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4,989.52 USh 4,535.93-5,443.11
Apples (1 lb) 4,535.93 USh 4,082.34-4,989.52
Banana (1 lb) 1,587.58 USh 1,360.78-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 4,309.13 USh 4,082.34-4,535.93
Tomato (1 lb) 1,190.68 USh 907.19-1,360.78
Potato (1 lb) 1,209.58 USh 907.19-1,360.78
Onion (1 lb) 1,814.37 USh 1,814.37-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,500.00 USh 2,000.00-3,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,600.00 USh 1,500.00-2,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 29,000.00 USh 20,000.00-40,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,250.00 USh 3,000.00-3,500.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4,000.00 USh 4,000.00-4,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6,500.00 USh 5,000.00-10,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,500.00 USh 1,000.00-2,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 180,000.00 USh 90,000.00-300,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10,000.00 USh 10,000.00-20,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8,046.72 USh 8,046.72-8,046.72
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15,000.00 USh 4,000.00-20,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 13,665.34 USh 13,248.94-14,573.84
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,500,000.00 USh 30,000,000.00-35,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 175,000.00 USh 150,000.00-200,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 333.60 USh 300.00-380.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 216,666.67 USh 150,000.00-300,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 237,500.00 USh 200,000.00-300,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20,000.00 USh 20,000.00-20,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18,000.00 USh 15,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 69,000.00 USh 60,000.00-90,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 65,000.00 USh 60,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 86,666.67 USh 70,000.00-100,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 140,000.00 USh 120,000.00-150,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 780,000.00 USh 450,000.00-1,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 416,666.67 USh 300,000.00-550,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,540,000.00 USh 1,200,000.00-2,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 910,000.00 USh 800,000.00-1,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 506,188.96 USh 232,255.67-780,122.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 120,772.95 USh
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 783,333.33 USh 750,000.00-800,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 22.00 20.00-24.00

Prices in Kampala, Uganda

These data are based on 320 entries in the past 18 months from 32 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2016
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16 Comments so far
#Jane on Dec 22, 2015 :
Hi, I have just completed 4 flats in buziga and it has a Bungalow 2 bedrooms bestie it. It would be ideal for Teachers. I currently leave abroad but will be in Uganda in January, if you are interested, please email me on

The houses are at a very good standard.

#MCS on Dec 02, 2015 :
We are rnning a charity projects (MCS) in Tororo , one of the district in Uganda and wanted to know how much things cost such Van rental, water cost , telepone charges, electrict cost, etc but we could not find the town can we say the price list for Ingaga would be the same as Tororo?

Thank you for creating these data is very good and eye opener for people returning to settle in Uganda. We are set in England -

beatrice on behalf of MCS-
#Irfan on Jul 21, 2015 :
i am planning to shift in Uganda (Kampala), could you plese advise that in how much cost i can survive in Kampala in a month, i am non vegitarian and not drink wine and all .
also what is the crime rate in kampla and human behaviour? it will really help me if i will got the answer of my queries.
#Bob on Mar 29, 2015 :
What health systems provide for Clean Water, treating Bilharzia, Malaria, etc? Email me please. Is there any livestock programs for farmers to get them started with hens, goats?
#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 :
Farm land within 50 to 60 km from kampala goes for $1500 per acre.With this price you get a farm land which is fertile and only 2 to 3 kms from the main road.
For $900 per acre , the land is usually away from the main road like 10 km away on a gravel road.
Land is getting so expensive as the population is growing and everybody wants to live nearer the city .This is the reason why some plots of land go for a million dollar for muzungu price.

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#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 :
The observer is concentrating on the small population in the villages that are ravaged by war but as far as I know growing up in kampala and around,anybody who goes to work affords food, rent, transport and fees for their children.
You will be surprised to find many Ugandan have had a basic education and can afford rent of 200 dollars. I don't think anybody goes hungry in kampala but I would say that those who fail to afford the food they enjoy to eat like matooke as the staple food in kampala , they go for the cheapest food which is corn flour and porridge without milk .
You should visit that beautiful country and you will be surprised .

Thanks for reading
#Vinod Kumar on Jan 29, 2015 :

i am planning to shift in Uganda (Kampala), could you plese advise that in how much cost i can survive in Kampala in a month, i am vegitarian and not drink wine and all .
also what is the crime rate in kampla and human behaviour? it will really help me if i will got the answer of my queries.

Vinod Kumar
#sam on Aug 31, 2014 :
Hai am from India hyderabad planning to settle in Uganda. What is the crime rate and what about the peoples behaviour
#Anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 :
Would like to know how much a 50kg of Sugar, Rice, beans, maize flour and a box of soap costs at a whole sale price. Thanx
#Neeraj on Jun 29, 2014 :
I'm shifting to Kampala from India next month.. please suggest me 1BHK flat for rent.
#Sole on Jun 07, 2014 :
Hi. What is the real price of the farms and land in 50 miles around Kampala??
#pavan kumar on Feb 14, 2014 :

what could be the monthly avg cost in kampala. please help me out
ans i also want to know abt the group MFI
#Andrew on Jan 06, 2014 :
this figures are wrong - rent is high in Bugolobi, Mutungo, Ntinda, Bukoto, Lubowa rent for 2 bedroom apartments is $350 to $500 depending on the finishing, security, approximate to shopping centers and neighborhood. 3 bedrooms are $600 to $1500 in this areas.
#abs on Nov 22, 2013 :
anonymous 2 thanks for the more realistic figures!!!
#Anonymous 2 on Jan 09, 2013 :
These estimates are SO OFF in some (most) cases! Apartment in central Kampala are NOT normally that expensive. I pay about $300 per month for a nice 3 apt fairly central in Kampala and this is still the Muzungu price. Private hire taxi, waiting for one hour costs like maybe $2...and a private taxi anywhere within the city (not outskirts) shouldn't be more than $5-6 (including "start fee". 12 eggs are $0.5 in the markets. I guess if the only people contributing to these assessments are UN or embassy workers who accept near infinite rents and only do groceries at shoprite the estimates come out accordingly.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2012 :
tis quiet embarrasing what we read in the news qoutings from the OBSERVER OF 21/NOVEMBER/2012. SAYS THAT"most ugandans cant afford 3meals a day" yet there are individuals who fail to spend millions a day, they just wish of any way to spend extravagantly. am trying to carry out my research bassing on the fact that most people in this country cant afford threee meals a day, my study area is kampala.i wish to verify this claim,my topic is prices and cost of living in kampala

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