Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling300,031
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling147,663
  • Nairobi is the cheapest city in Africa (4 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 96% of cities in the World (184 out of 192)
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List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of Mar 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling623
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling1,097
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling422
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling123
12 eggs, large Shilling266
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling113
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling683
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling273
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling120
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling236
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,531
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling187
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling59
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling136,525
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling60,816
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling10,197
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling52,746
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling25,285
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling5,424
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,475
40” flat screen tv Shilling37,282
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,364
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling1,031
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling554
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,224
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,063
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,171
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,290
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling2,367,810
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling193
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,328
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling1,304
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling448
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,272
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,708
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling298
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling328
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling647
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling154
Tube of toothpaste Shilling132
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling801
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling1,381
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,561
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling3,063
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,289
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling767
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling305
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling246
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling54,475
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.70
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,916
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling339
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 190 prices entered by 32 different people.
Latest price update: March 04, 2024

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