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Jinja, Jinja District, Uganda

How much does it cost to travel to Jinja?

You should plan to spend around $90 (USh347,530) per day on your vacation in Jinja. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (USh107,687) on meals
  • $21 (USh82,288) on local transportation
  • $86 (USh330,866) on hotels

A one week trip to Jinja for two people costs, on average, $1,260 (USh4,865,426). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Jinja cost?

A one week trip to Jinja usually costs around $630 (USh2,432,713) for one person and $1,260 (USh4,865,426) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Jinja on average costs around $1,260 (USh4,865,426) for one person and $2,520 (USh9,730,852) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Jinja will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Jinja on average costs around $2,700 (USh10,425,913) for one person and $5,401 (USh20,851,827) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Jinja has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Jinja expensive to visit?

Prices in Jinja are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Africa, Jinja is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Tsavo National Park or Entebbe.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Jinja Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Jinja?

The average Jinja trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Jinja travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) USh330,866 ($86)
Local Transportation 1 USh82,288 ($21)
Food 2 USh107,687 ($28)
Entertainment 1 USh108,271 ($28)
Alcohol 2 USh24,775 - 74,324 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Jinja is $43 (USh165,433). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Jinja is $86 (USh330,866). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Jinja

Looking for a hotel in Jinja? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Jinja based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $104. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Jinja is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 (USh82,288) per person, per day, on local transportation in Jinja.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Jinja
How much does it cost to go to Jinja? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Jinja
The price of renting a car in Jinja will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Jinja can vary, the average cost of food in Jinja is $28 (USh107,687) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Jinja should cost around $11 (USh43,075) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Jinja is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Jinja typically cost an average of $28 (USh108,271) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $13 (USh49,550) on alcoholic beverages in Jinja per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Jinja
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.61 (USh6,198) on bottled water in Jinja per day. The public water in Jinja is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

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Jinja On a Budget
Jinja is a city located at the source of the Nile in Uganda, Africa. Many backpackers travel to Jinja, as it is known for its white water rafting. This city is the third largest economy in all of the East African Community. It has a population of about 72,000 people.
Jinja is the perfect place to visit if you wish to see the longest river in the world, the Nile River. There is a place called Source of the Nile with beautiful gardens and a monument dedicated to Gandhi. Many don't know this, but some of Gandhi's ashes are actually sprinkled here. Just exploring the beginning of the Nile is a beautiful sight.

There is a buzzing market in the city center, the Jinja Market, where there are several colorful shacks and booths with vendors selling everything you can dream of. This is a wonderful sight with all the colorful booths, but also a great spot to interact with the locals and their unique markets. If you wish to have someone give you a tour of the market, the easiest way is to hire your boda boda driver (a boda boda is basically a motorcycle that can hold passengers) to give you the tour. Do not pay your driver more than six thousand shillings, though. The tour should only last an hour.
Jinja is in the Eastern region of Uganda. It is about eighty kilometers from the capital of Uganda, Kampala. Jinja is very nearby to Lake Victoria and is at the source of the Nile River. There is a small town about ten minutes away called Bujagali, which is known for its beautiful Bujagali Falls. This is a popular spot for tourists, as you can witness the locals swimming in the falls and even join in yourself. Another place to see majestic waterfalls is about forty kilometers away from Jinja. It is called Itanda Falls and you can witness multiple series of white water rapids.

Many adventures await in Jinja, as it is known to be the adventure capital of the country as a whole. From horseback riding to mountain biking to kayaking the Nile, there are tons of activities to do whilst traveling in Jinja. Kayak the Nile is the world's leading Kayak school, and they are based in Jinja on the Nile River. You can spend the day learning how to kayak and whitewater raft at the source of the Nile.

All Terrain Adventures offer an ATV safari near Bujagali Falls. Before each excursion, you are given thorough instructions on operating the ATV and can practice before actually heading off the beaten path. This activity is suitable for all ages.

If you want to try rafting, which you should consider since it is some of the best spots to do it in the world, Raft Africa is a great company to work with. Not only do they offer rafting, but also you can also do other activities with them along the Nile River. It is possible to even submerge your head at the bottom of your free fall if you so choose. After all the adventure, you may want to take a tour of the Nile Breweries to finish off your day.
Food and Dining
There are many different places to dine in Jinja. For the most part, the local vendors are the cheapest option for a meal, although be cautious if you order meat. The best things to order from a street vendor are samosas or chapattis (basically a tortilla with eggs).

Flavours is a great place for grabbing a coffee and breakfast before you start your day of adventure. It located right on Main Street. 2 Friends is a very great restaurant with delicious food. However, the line is usually long because of the unique atmosphere and friendly staff. They allow you to make your own playlist while you eat from their collection of music. For great Indian food, Leoz is a great option with inexpensive prices.

It is easy to catch a bus to Jinja from Kenya and Tanzania. Most of these buses are heading towards Kampala but always stop in Jinja on their way. If you are feeling adventurous, you can rent mamatus in Kampala and drive yourself to Jinja. The city is just off of the East African Highway. Once in town, you'll want to get a taxi to 'the source', which is where you'll find most accommodations and shopping. In 'the source' everything is in walking distance. If you are going further outside town, flag down a boda boda or rent a matatu.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.