Cost of living in Kenya

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling537
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling567
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling454
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling98
12 eggs, large Shilling170
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling114
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling759
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling243
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling101
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling177
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,235
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling160
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling58
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling141,961
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling79,017
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,788
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling73,371
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling38,798
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling5,729
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,279
40” flat screen TV Shilling39,988
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,497
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling665
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling596
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,223
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,434
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,713
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,204
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,171,320
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling105
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,536
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling400
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,632
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling3,411
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling387
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling308
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling457
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling128
Tube of toothpaste Shilling144
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling810
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,100
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,292
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,874
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,918
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling617
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling332
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling227
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling78,248
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling6
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling8,691
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling268

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Nairobi costs Shilling2,200 (9 days ago)