Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling261,166
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling132,723
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 71% of cities in Africa (10 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 82% of cities in the World (222 out of 271)
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List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling538
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling599
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling419
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling111
12 eggs, large Shilling238
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling100
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling832
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling277
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling195
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,026
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling161
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling50
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling124,599
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling57,281
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling9,462
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling51,490
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling23,259
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling5,245
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,393
40” flat screen tv Shilling42,715
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,838
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling937
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling423
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,603
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,725
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,515
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling2,064,860
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling117
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,661
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling1,231
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling276
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,324
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,931
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling351
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling366
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling493
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling140
Tube of toothpaste Shilling157
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling791
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,038
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,365
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,560
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,473
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling800
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling276
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling239
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling45,453
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.62
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,062
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling292
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 292 prices entered by 35 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

the world
222nd
out of 271
africa
10th
out of 14

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