Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling596
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling584
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling415
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling98
12 eggs, large Shilling174
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling116
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling712
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling237
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling87
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling176
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,419
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling157
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling57
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling142,464
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling77,641
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,218
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling82,963
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling40,792
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,595
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,389
40” flat screen TV Shilling39,266
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,679
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling620
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling2,483
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,388
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,775
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,809
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,153
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,171,320
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling109
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,374
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling279
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,153
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling3,465
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling388
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling279
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling462
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling124
Tube of toothpaste Shilling148
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling904
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,259
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,243
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,201
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,341
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling624
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling312
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling224
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling78,248
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling5.40
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling8,325
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling242

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

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Nairobi costs Shilling200 (8 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Nairobi costs Shilling4.00 (8 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Nairobi costs Shilling300 (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Nairobi costs Shilling250 (8 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Nairobi costs Shilling2,000 (8 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling3,000 (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling1,500 (8 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling2,000 (8 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Nairobi costs Shilling156 (8 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Nairobi costs Shilling400 (8 days ago)