Time Difference

Rwanda is two hours ahead of GMT and does not observe daylight savings, so in the summer the time difference is only one hour.


The national currency is the Rwandan franc, which is divided into 100 centimes. Exchanging US dollars or Euros into Rwandan francs on arrival is fairly easy. Most of the larger hotels in Kigali will accept payment by international credit card.

Banks should be open Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00, and Saturday from 08:00 to 13:00. In larger towns, most banks should have international ATMs.

Electricity and Plugs

230 volts and the plug types are C and J. Note that power cuts can occur.

Local Amenities

Generally, offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00, and 07:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. The shops are usually open Monday to Saturday from 07:00 to 18:00.


Most hotels have post boxes and sell stamps, or you can find post boxes in most towns.


To call Rwanda from the UK, dial 00 250 followed by the number you are calling (removing the first zero from the number you are calling). To call the UK during your trip to Rwanda, just add 00 44 before the number you are dialling, again removing the first zero.

Internet and Mobile Coverage

Internet is widespread in Rwanda; most hotels are either fully equipped with WiFi or there are designated spaces where it is available. Major cities and major highways usually have good phone signal, but it can be patchy in remote areas. You should check with your service provider for more details on accessing local networks before travelling.



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