Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,636 (Shilling290,100)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,464 (Shilling161,072)
  • Nairobi is the 3rd cheapest city in Africa (5 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 74% of cities in the World (147 out of 200)

List of prices in Nairobi, Kenya. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
KES USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling738 ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling610 ($5.54)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling388 ($3.53)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling98 ($0.89)
12 eggs, large Shilling196 ($1.78)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling95 ($0.86)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling878 ($8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling248 ($2.26)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling106 ($0.96)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling206 ($1.87)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,551 ($14)
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling169 ($1.54)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling64 ($0.58)
Housing [Edit]
KES USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling162,419 ($1,476)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling71,912 ($653)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling8,499 ($77)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling76,322 ($694)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling49,372 ($449)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling3,692 ($34)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,262 ($39)
40” flat screen tv Shilling42,999 ($391)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,774 ($107)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling658 ($5.98)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling461 ($4.18)
Clothes [Edit]
KES USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,305 ($30)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,144 ($29)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling7,709 ($70)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,852 ($62)
Transportation [Edit]
KES USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,757,920 ($15,974)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling104 ($0.95)
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,463 ($41)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling945 ($9)
Personal Care [Edit]
KES USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling384 ($3.49)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324 ($12)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,897 ($26)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling364 ($3.31)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling355 ($3.22)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling494 ($4.49)
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling135 ($1.23)
Tube of toothpaste Shilling139 ($1.26)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling1,154 ($10)
Entertainment [Edit]
KES USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,185 ($20)
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,327 ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,789 ($25)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,388 ($40)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling709 ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling314 ($2.86)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling243 ($2.21)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling61,187 ($556)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.66 ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,311 ($48)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling261 ($2.37)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 326 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2021

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
147th
out of 200
africa
5th
out of 7

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

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