Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling786
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling653
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling531
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling117
12 eggs, large Shilling189
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling109
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling915
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling288
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling107
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling179
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,221
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling155
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling73
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling151,761
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling90,072
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,475
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling102,049
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling34,375
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,486
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,808
40” flat screen TV Shilling41,150
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling12,772
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling828
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling203
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,209
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling4,425
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,314
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,244
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,734,340
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling97
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,655
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling356
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling2,112
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,881
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling414
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling353
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling468
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling136
Tube of toothpaste Shilling144
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling882
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,690
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,460
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling1,815
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,996
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling717
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling319
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling227
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling97,550
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.90
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,909
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling277

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

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Nairobi costs Shilling907 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nairobi costs Shilling600 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Nairobi costs Shilling780 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Nairobi costs Shilling1,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Nairobi costs Shilling500 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Nairobi costs Shilling400 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling421 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Nairobi costs Shilling900 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling70 (about 23 hours ago)