Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling255,179
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling130,310
  • Nairobi is the 2nd cheapest city in Africa (5 out of 6)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 78% of cities in the World (126 out of 161)
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List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of Nov 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling480
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling646
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling389
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling99
12 eggs, large Shilling213
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling100
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling561
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling246
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling199
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,009
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling171
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling49
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling126,273
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling53,343
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling9,379
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling52,113
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling20,510
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling4,841
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,534
40” flat screen tv Shilling43,398
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,895
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling932
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling423
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,498
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,588
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling4,983
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,540
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,668,140
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling118
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,661
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling1,475
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling276
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,931
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling351
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling366
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling493
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling140
Tube of toothpaste Shilling157
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling791
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,038
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,228
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,560
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,473
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling800
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling276
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling239
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling45,453
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.62
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,062
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling294
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 342 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2021

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
126th
out of 161
africa
5th
out of 6

Cheapest and most expensive products in Nairobi compared to other cities:

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