Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling284,798
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling158,698
  • Nairobi is the 2nd most expensive city in Africa (2 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 68% of cities in the World (163 out of 239)

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling685
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling564
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling351
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling98
12 eggs, large Shilling185
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling113
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling881
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling279
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling103
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling192
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,442
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling173
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling61
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling158,330
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling71,022
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 Shilling76,322
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 Shilling5,549
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,071
40” flat screen tv Shilling37,702
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,992
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling658
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling461
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,305
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,115
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling7,709
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,852
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,757,920
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling111
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,373
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Shilling945
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, ...) Shilling346
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 Shilling2,185
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,334
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 Shilling4,285
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling710
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling323
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling238
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling60,631
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.66
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,654
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling262
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 510 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: July 08, 2020

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