Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,794 (Shilling281,871)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,548 (Shilling156,175)
  • Nairobi is the 3rd most expensive city in Africa (3 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 69% of cities in the World (197 out of 285)

List of prices in Nairobi, Kenya. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
KES USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling695 ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling594 ($5.89)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling421 ($4.18)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling107 ($1.06)
12 eggs, large Shilling208 ($2.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling121 ($1.20)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling818 ($8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling263 ($2.61)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling122 ($1.21)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling184 ($1.82)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,440 ($14)
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling166 ($1.65)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling60 ($0.60)
Housing [Edit]
KES USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling153,403 ($1,520)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling72,558 ($719)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling8,098 ($80)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling88,589 ($878)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling32,375 ($321)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling4,267 ($42)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling3,700 ($37)
40” flat screen tv Shilling39,014 ($387)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,845 ($107)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling549 ($5.44)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling518 ($5.13)
Clothes [Edit]
KES USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,393 ($34)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,144 ($31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,732 ($57)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling4,861 ($48)
Transportation [Edit]
KES USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,386,990 ($13,748)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling114 ($1.13)
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,161 ($41)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling940 ($9)
Personal Care [Edit]
KES USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling384 ($3.81)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324 ($13)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,897 ($29)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling335 ($3.32)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling348 ($3.45)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling494 ($4.89)
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling138 ($1.37)
Tube of toothpaste Shilling139 ($1.38)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling999 ($10)
Entertainment [Edit]
KES USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,529 ($25)
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,378 ($14)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,789 ($28)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,773 ($37)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling484 ($4.80)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling308 ($3.05)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling229 ($2.27)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling60,631 ($601)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.78 ($0.04)
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling6,736 ($67)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling256 ($2.54)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 471 prices entered by 49 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
197th
out of 285
africa
3rd
out of 14

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

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