Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,564 (Shilling319,749)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,410 (Shilling175,883)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
KES USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling683 ($5.48)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling691 ($5.54)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling445 ($3.56)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling121 ($0.97)
12 eggs, large Shilling226 ($1.81)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling109 ($0.88)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling793 ($6)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling277 ($2.22)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling92 ($0.73)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling203 ($1.62)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,224 ($10)
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling172 ($1.38)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling46 ($0.36)
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Housing Update prices
KES USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling164,414 ($1,318)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling87,724 ($703)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling9,180 ($74)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling92,728 ($743)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling51,127 ($410)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling5,551 ($45)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling3,444 ($28)
40” flat screen tv Shilling43,448 ($348)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,014 ($80)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling985 ($8)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling1,952 ($16)
Clothes Update prices
KES USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling4,505 ($36)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,296 ($26)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,720 ($46)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,515 ($44)
Transportation Update prices
KES USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling2,176,380 ($17,449)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling168 ($1.35)
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling5,061 ($41)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling1,829 ($15)
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Personal Care Update prices
KES USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling276 ($2.21)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324 ($11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,897 ($23)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling351 ($2.82)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling366 ($2.94)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling493 ($3.95)
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling140 ($1.13)
Tube of toothpaste Shilling157 ($1.26)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling791 ($6)
Entertainment Update prices
KES USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,038 ($16)
2 tickets to the movies Shilling938 ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,560 ($21)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,473 ($28)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling800 ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling276 ($2.21)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling239 ($1.91)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling45,453 ($364)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.62 ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,062 ($41)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling316 ($2.54)
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 81 prices entered by 23 different people.
Latest price update: February 03, 2023

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