Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling282,273
Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling157,093
Cost of living in Nairobi is more expensive than in 73% of cities in Africa (5 out of 15)
Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 69% of cities in the World (207 out of 301)

List of prices in Nairobi, Kenya. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling695
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Shilling594
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling421
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling107
12 eggs, large Shilling208
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling121
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling818
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling263
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling122
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling184
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,440
2 liters of Coca-Cola Shilling166
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling60
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Shilling155,441
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Shilling72,558
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,877
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Shilling88,589
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Shilling32,375
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Shilling4,267
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Shilling3,700
40” flat screen TV Shilling39,014
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,845
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling549
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling518
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,393
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Shilling3,144
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,732
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling4,861
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,386,990
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling114
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,161
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling940
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling384
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,897
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Shilling335
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling348
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling494
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling138
Tube of toothpaste Shilling139
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling999
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,529
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,274
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,789
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,521
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling484
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling294
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling229
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Shilling60,631
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.78
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling6,736
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Shilling261
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 548 prices entered by 55 different people.
Latest price update: December 13, 2019

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
207th
out of 301
africa
5th
out of 15

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