Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling264,824
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling136,559
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 66% of countries in the World (51 out of 77)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling684
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling661
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling429
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling99
12 eggs, large Shilling206
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling102
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling684
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling271
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling200
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,634
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling159
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling69
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling136,267
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling48,942
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling8,499
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling77,444
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling49,372
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling4,266
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,262
40” flat screen tv Shilling47,797
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,225
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling819
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling340
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,657
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,776
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling4,569
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,990
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling2,480,630
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling110
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,240
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling226
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling806
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,033
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling388
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling388
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling329
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling165
Tube of toothpaste Shilling166
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling768
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling1,954
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,315
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling4,612
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling573
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling313
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling235
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling39,326
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.20
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling4,303
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling297

Map of Cost of Living in Kenya


This map shows only the top cities in Kenya. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Nairobi costs Shilling350 (7 days ago)