Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling251,957
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling134,197
  • Cost of living in Kenya is more expensive than in 75% of countries in Africa (3 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 67% of countries in the World (57 out of 85)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling657
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling564
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling414
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling99
12 eggs, large Shilling190
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling106
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling851
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling295
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling96
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling198
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,492
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling171
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling59
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling124,644
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling61,909
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,877
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling73,121
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling46,671
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling4,403
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,172
40” flat screen tv Shilling42,544
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,764
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling819
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling432
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,657
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,874
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 Shilling1,603,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling111
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,745
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, ...) Shilling237
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
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling1,954
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,323
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 Shilling3,972
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling577
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling314
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling242
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 Shilling5,105
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling304

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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Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Nairobi costs Shilling60 (5 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Nairobi costs Shilling250 (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Nairobi costs Shilling3,600 (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Nairobi costs Shilling90 (5 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Nairobi costs Shilling6,000 (5 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Nairobi costs Shilling16,000 (5 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Nairobi costs Shilling6,000 (5 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Nairobi costs Shilling5,000 (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Nairobi costs Shilling15,000 (5 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Nairobi costs Shilling200 (5 days ago)