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Currency: Rwanda Franc (RWF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of FWF 5,000, 1,000, 500 and 100. Coins are in denominations of FWD 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Currency code: RWF


Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Rwanda , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express

Business hours

Offices: Monday through Friday, 8am 12:30pm and again from 1:30 to 5pm.
Banks: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm and again from 2pm to 5pm. On Saturdays from 8:30am to 11:30pm.
Government: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm and again from 2pm to 5pm.
Retail: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm and again from 2pm to 6pm. Many shops open on Saturday.


International roads are available from the surrounding countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania. Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution, owing to political instability. Driving is generally not recommended and can be dangerous. Bus: There is a twice-weekly service from Kampala in Uganda to Kigali (Wednesday and Saturday). Traffic drives on the right. The network is sparse and most roads are in bad condition, although the roads linking the capital with Butare, Bugarana and the frontier posts are of better quality. Driving is not recommended and visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution. Bus: Services are operated by L'Office National des Transports en Commun and are classified into three groups: Urban (route numbers prefixed by A, B or C); Suburban (D routes); and Interurban. A timetable and tariff booklet is available in Rwanda. Taxi: Available in Kigali and other large towns. Fares should be agreed in advance. Tipping is not expected. Car hire: Limited facilities in Rwanda. There are no international car hire firms operating, but there are local companies in Kigali. Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required.

Rwanda Airlines (9R) runs internal services to the main towns. Chartered planes are also available, though these are expensive.



The Internet suffix is: .rw

Basic conversation guide

Yes = Ja / Oui
No = Nein / Non
Thank you = Dank u / Merci
Hello = Hallo, goedendag / Bonjour
Good morning = Goede morgen / Bonjour
Goodbye = Tot ziens / Au revoir, Adieu
I do not understand = Ik begrijp het niet / Je ne comprends pas
How much does this cost? = Hoeveel kost dat ? / Quel est le prix? Combien ça coûte?
I would like to buy... = Ik zou willen . kopen / Je voudrais acheter...
Do you accept credit cards? = Accepteert u creditcards? / Acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit?
Where is...? = Waar is...? / Où est...?
Airport = Een luchthaven / un aéroport
Train station = Een station / La gare
Post office = Het postkantoor / La Poste
Bank = De bank / La banque
Police station = Het politiebureau / Le poste de police, la gendarmerie
Pharmacy, Chemists = De apotheek / La pharmacie
One ticket to, please = Een kaartje naar . alstublieft / Un billet pour..., s'il vous plaît
Are there any vacancies for tonight? = Hebt u nog kamers vrij voor vanavond ? / Avez-vous des chambres disponibles pour ce soir?


Languages spoken

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