Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling610
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling582
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling481
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling107
12 eggs, large Shilling173
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling109
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling856
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling221
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling110
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling183
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,099
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling157
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling77
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling144,980
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling82,749
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,286
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling82,362
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling39,425
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,441
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,590
40” flat screen TV Shilling39,384
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,680
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling727
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling433
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,086
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,793
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling7,546
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,337
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,232,020
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling100
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,689
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling452
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling2,035
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling3,334
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling383
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling328
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling397
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling125
Tube of toothpaste Shilling129
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling841
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,429
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,441
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling1,959
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,795
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling679
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling313
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling229
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling92,038
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling58
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling7,817
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling249

Map of Cost of Living in Kenya

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This map shows only the top cities in Kenya. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Kenya? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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List of all cities available in Kenya

Eldoret Garissa Kakamega
Kisumu Kitale Malindi
Mombasa Nairobi Nakuru
Nyeri

Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Mombasa costs Shilling6,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Mombasa costs Shilling87 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Mombasa costs Shilling788 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Mombasa costs Shilling1,600 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mombasa costs Shilling7,600 (1 day ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Mombasa costs Shilling6,500 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Mombasa costs Shilling45,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Mombasa costs Shilling1,300 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Mombasa costs Shilling5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Mombasa costs Shilling200,000 (1 day ago)