Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling245,594
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling130,368
  • Cost of living in Kenya is more expensive than in 78% of countries in Africa (3 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 66% of countries in the World (59 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling602
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling562
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling377
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling101
12 eggs, large Shilling185
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling91
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling623
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling276
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling117
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling180
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,361
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling170
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling126,140
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling55,714
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,814
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling66,278
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling44,377
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling3,635
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,005
40” flat screen tv Shilling37,837
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,345
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling644
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling500
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,030
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,776
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,165
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,358
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,638,780
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling112
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,868
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, ...) Shilling277
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 Shilling767
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling1,802
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,287
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 Shilling3,955
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling506
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling306
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling225
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling46,243
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.20
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling4,730
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling305

Map of Cost of Living in Kenya

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

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nairobi costs Shilling2,800 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Nairobi costs Shilling100 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Nairobi costs Shilling220 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Nairobi costs Shilling1,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling1,200 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Nairobi costs Shilling110 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Nairobi costs Shilling5,300 (2 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Nairobi costs Shilling1,000 (2 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Nairobi costs Shilling40,000 (2 days ago)