Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,246 (Shilling255,005)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,159 (Shilling131,590)
  • Nairobi is the 2nd cheapest city in Africa (5 out of 6)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 82% of cities in the World (138 out of 168)
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List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
KES USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling495 ($4.36)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling644 ($5.67)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling385 ($3.39)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling101 ($0.89)
12 eggs, large Shilling224 ($1.98)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling101 ($0.89)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling597 ($5.26)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling251 ($2.21)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling92 ($0.81)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling195 ($1.72)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,019 ($9)
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling161 ($1.42)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling49 ($0.43)
Housing Update prices
KES USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling126,273 ($1,112)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling55,506 ($489)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,734 ($59)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling50,879 ($448)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling21,699 ($191)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling4,857 ($43)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,537 ($49)
40” flat screen tv Shilling42,715 ($376)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,838 ($95)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling937 ($8)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling423 ($3.72)
Clothes Update prices
KES USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,603 ($23)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,725 ($24)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,114 ($45)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,515 ($49)
Transportation Update prices
KES USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,703,150 ($14,999)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling117 ($1.03)
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,661 ($32)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling1,475 ($13)
Personal Care Update prices
KES USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling276 ($2.43)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324 ($12)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,931 ($26)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling351 ($3.09)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling366 ($3.22)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling493 ($4.34)
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling140 ($1.24)
Tube of toothpaste Shilling157 ($1.38)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling791 ($7)
Entertainment Update prices
KES USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,038 ($18)
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,250 ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,560 ($23)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,473 ($31)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling800 ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling276 ($2.43)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling239 ($2.10)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling45,453 ($400)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.62 ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,062 ($45)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling294 ($2.59)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 365 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2022

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
138th
out of 168
africa
5th
out of 6

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

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3rd
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5th
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5th
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1st
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