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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘muraho ’
Kinyarwanda
Plug combo cj
Electricity
230V/50hz
Jun-Feb
Best time to go
Dry
Tuesday
HRS
20
20
MINS
51
51
Current Time
GMT +2

Money and costs

Currency
Francs (RWF)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated June 17, 2019 9:31AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Dorm bed: US$17–20
  • Cheap meal: US$3–6
  • Moto-taxi ride: US$1
Midrange
US$50–100
  • Double room in a hotel: US$40–70
  • Meal in a restaurant: US$10–15
  • Short taxi trip: US$3
Top end (more than)
US$100
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: US$150
  • Meal in a smart restaurant US$25
  • 4WD hire per day US$170

Visas

Nearly all visitors require a visa for Rwanda, and as of January 2018 all nationalities can get one on arrival.

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When to go and weather

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Getting to Rwanda

The vast majority of travellers arrive in Rwanda by air at Kigali, but it’s also possible to enter Rwanda overland via Uganda, Tanzania and even the DRC. The border with Burundi is unsafe.

Getting around Rwanda

  • Rwanda has a good road system, due mostly to its small size and a large dose of foreign assistance.
  • The privately run buses and minibuses are more organised than elsewhere in East Africa, with regular, scheduled departures.
  • Buy bus tickets at bus offices prior to travelling; every passenger is guaranteed a seat.
  • Most towns are small enough to negotiate by foot, but both Kigali and Huye (Butare) sprawl over several steep hills – you’ll need to catch a minibus or a taxi to get around.
  • Taxis are plentiful in Kigali although moto-taxis are cheaper and faster.

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