Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling674
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling591
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling541
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling116
12 eggs, large Shilling184
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling102
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling901
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling263
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling114
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling174
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,170
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling156
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling75
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling129,310
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling83,304
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,871
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling75,340
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling32,507
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling6,067
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling4,148
40” flat screen TV Shilling38,614
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling12,028
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling922
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling203
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,068
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,903
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,120
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,412
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,354,710
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling98
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,576
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) Shilling3,191
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling393
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling347
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling421
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling130
Tube of toothpaste Shilling131
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling712
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,500
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,472
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling1,847
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling5,014
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling754
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling317
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling229
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling97,362
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling4.00
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,876
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling274

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

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Nairobi costs Shilling140,000 (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Nairobi costs Shilling150 (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nairobi costs Shilling25,000 (5 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling2,000 (5 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (5 days ago)
  • 8 rolls of toilet paper in Nairobi costs Shilling120 (5 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Nairobi costs Shilling5,000 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Nairobi costs Shilling180 (5 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Nairobi costs Shilling144 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (5 days ago)