Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling283,613
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling155,436
  • Nairobi is the 3rd most expensive city in Africa (3 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 68% of cities in the World (185 out of 271)

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling644
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling591
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling430
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling102
12 eggs, large Shilling189
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling113
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling818
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling263
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling120
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling188
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,440
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling173
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling45
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling161,566
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling62,043
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,881
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling86,199
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling29,267
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling3,960
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling3,923
40” flat screen tv Shilling39,014
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling9,565
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling556
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling518
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,688
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,349
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,922
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,740
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,635,010
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling116
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,316
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling940
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling384
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,897
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling335
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling355
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling494
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling135
Tube of toothpaste Shilling139
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling1,096
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,529
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,357
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,789
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,540
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling444
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling322
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling226
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling60,631
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.73
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling6,740
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling256
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 519 prices entered by 50 different people.
Latest price update: February 16, 2020

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

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185th
out of 271
africa
3rd
out of 12

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