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Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda

How much does it cost to travel to Kampala?

You should plan to spend around $71 (USh261,261) per day on your vacation in Kampala. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $8.55 (USh31,563) on meals
  • $2.54 (USh9,375) on local transportation
  • $120 (USh443,773) on hotels

A one week trip to Kampala for two people costs, on average, $991 (USh3,657,660). 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
    $71
    USh261,261
  • One Week Per person
    $496
    USh1,828,830
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $991
    USh3,657,660
  • One Month Per person
    $2,124
    USh7,837,843
  • One Week For a couple
    $991
    USh3,657,660
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,982
    USh7,315,321
  • One Month For a couple
    $4,248
    USh15,675,687
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Kampala cost?

A one week trip to Kampala usually costs around $496 (USh1,828,830) for one person and $991 (USh3,657,660) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kampala on average costs around $991 (USh3,657,660) for one person and $1,982 (USh7,315,321) 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 Kampala will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kampala on average costs around $2,124 (USh7,837,843) for one person and $4,248 (USh15,675,687) 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 Kampala 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 Kampala expensive to visit?

Kampala is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Uganda, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Kampala is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Moshi or Antananarivo.

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

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

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) USh443,773 ($120)
Local Transportation 1 USh9,375 ($3)
Food 2 USh31,563 ($9)
Accommodation Budget in Kampala
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kampala is $60 (USh221,886). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kampala is $120 (USh443,773). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $60
    USh221,886
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $120
    USh443,773

Hotel Prices in Kampala

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Kampala based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $64. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Kampala
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kampala is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.54 (USh9,375) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kampala.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $2.54
    USh9,375

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Kampala?

Typical prices for Transportation in Kampala are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Kampala, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Taxi around town
    USh15,000


Food Budget in Kampala
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Kampala can vary, the average cost of food in Kampala is $8.55 (USh31,563) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kampala should cost around $3.42 (USh12,625) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kampala is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $8.55
    USh31,563

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What did other people spend on Food in Kampala?

Typical prices for Food in Kampala are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Kampala, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Lunch for 2
    USh6,000


Water Budget in Kampala
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.85 (USh3,125) on bottled water in Kampala per day. The public water in Kampala is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.85
    USh3,125


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Kampala on a Budget
Kampala Kampala, Uganda
Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.
Sights
Visit the Uganda Museum, which depicts the traditional life of the Ugandans with ethnological and cultural heritage exhibitions as well. This museum was founded in 1908 when the governor at the time requested that all articles of interest on Uganda be procured. In the museum, you can also play traditional Ugandan instruments and see hunting equipment and weapons.

Be sure to see the Kasubi Tombs, which is where the Kings of Buganda are buried. The tombs were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, and unfortunately, many of the buildings burnt down in a fire in 2010. The reconstruction began in 2014 and many of the original buildings and artifacts survived the fire. For a great view of the entire city of Kampala, head to the top of either the Rubaga or Namirembe Cathedral.
Neighborhoods
The city is divided into five separate boroughs, which are Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Lubaga Division. These divisions oversee local planning for the city. The city is surrounded by the Wakiso District, which has a population of over two million. The cities of Jinja and Entebbe are close by, which are also popular tourist destinations.

Activities
To spend the day seeing the whole city, sign up for Walter's Boda Boda Tours Kampala. A boda boda is a popular form of transportation in Uganda. It is basically a motorcycle that can hold passengers. You can see all the major sites on this trip and can even pay a little extra for a trip to Jinja, a nearby town.

Most of the adventure activities can be found in Jinja, which is a town nearby. There, you can white water raft, bungee jump, jet boat, do an ATV safari, or just explore the Nile River. You can do a gorilla safari in Bwindi National Park, in the town of Kololo, at the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Another place to go see African wildlife is at Lake Mburo National Park, which is about four hours away from Kampala. There are hippos, zebras, gazelles, crocodiles, warthogs, and birds.

Explore the Owino Market, which is the largest market in the entire region. This market has everything you can imagine, from food to clothes to traditional crafts. This market is located near in the city center of Kampala.
Food and Dining
There are tons of restaurants to choose from in Kampala and they range from "hole in the wall" to five-star gourmet restaurants. At many of the hole in the wall places (some are called "pork joints") there aren't menus, so you will just have to ask what they offer.

Traditional food items in Kampala usually include some type of meat, beans, rice, and Matoke, which are mashed and steamed green bananas. Another traditional meal you can find from street vendors is fish and chips. Another classic street food snack is a "rolex", which is a chapatti (sort of like a tortilla) stuffed with eggs, tomatoes, and cabbage.

Transportation
The closest airport to Kampala is in the city of Entebbe, which is about thirty-five kilometers away. Upon arrival, you will need to pay one hundred US Dollars in order to obtain your visa. To get from the airport in Entebbe to the city of Kampala, you can take the Airport Express, which drops you off at the Garden City Shopping Mall (a very central point in Kampala). You could also take a taxi from the airport, though it is much more expensive. It is worth asking your accommodation if they offer a shuttle service to and from the airport as well.

Once in the city of Kampala, you will mainly be getting around on boda bodas, matatus, or taxi. Boda Boda's are all over and are very easy to flag down if you need a ride. These can be slightly dangerous, as the drivers will try to get you to your destination as fast as possible. Matatus are minibusses with routes that go all over town; however, they can be pretty infrequent and unreliable. Taxis are also available all over the city; in Kampala they call them "special hires". Of course, walking is always an option, however, it is a very large city so for going far distances you'll want to consider one of the above options.


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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.