Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling646
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling643
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling434
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling101
12 eggs, large Shilling184
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling118
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling718
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling247
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling177
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,516
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling159
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling57
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling145,962
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling74,771
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,001
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling85,300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling36,071
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,308
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,503
40” flat screen TV Shilling39,591
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,573
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling588
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling468
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,318
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling4,080
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,292
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling4,965
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,442,520
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling111
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,386
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling456
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,158
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,793
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling388
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling338
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling493
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling127
Tube of toothpaste Shilling189
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling914
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,447
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,190
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,269
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,195
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling665
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling308
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling220
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling52,811
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling4.00
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,304
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling251

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:
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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Eldoret Garissa Kakamega
Kisumu Kitale Malindi
Mombasa Nairobi Nakuru
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Prices recently added

  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Nairobi costs Shilling15,000 (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Nairobi costs Shilling350 (2 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Nairobi costs Shilling5,000 (2 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Nairobi costs Shilling3,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Nairobi costs Shilling20,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Nairobi costs Shilling50,000 (2 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Nairobi costs Shilling7,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Nairobi costs Shilling70,000 (2 days ago)