Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling624
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling589
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling464
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling102
12 eggs, large Shilling170
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling107
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling814
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling236
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling101
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling186
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,133
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling158
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling71
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling143,978
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling82,947
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,363
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling84,241
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling40,420
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,504
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,630
40” flat screen TV Shilling40,217
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,154
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling755
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling386
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,482
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,838
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling7,531
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,957
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,206,640
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling102
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,431
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling426
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,284
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling3,543
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling368
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling291
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling419
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling130
Tube of toothpaste Shilling137
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling822
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,354
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,356
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,752
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,787
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling630
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling311
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling235
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling84,975
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling4.00
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling8,100
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling258

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Nairobi costs Shilling300 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nairobi costs Shilling7,000 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Nairobi costs Shilling250 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling2,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling700 (2 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (2 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Nairobi costs Shilling3,000 (2 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Nairobi costs Shilling1,200 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Nairobi costs Shilling200 (2 days ago)