Cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling284,326
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling159,708
  • Nairobi is the 2nd most expensive city in Africa (2 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Nairobi is cheaper than in 69% of cities in the World (178 out of 258)

List of prices in Nairobi
Current as of Apr 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling652
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling562
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling383
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling101
12 eggs, large Shilling184
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 Shilling122
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling181
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,425
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling171
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling51
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling161,280
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling71,056
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,036
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling73,142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling41,898
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling5,834
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling4,010
40” flat screen tv Shilling38,997
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling11,017
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling768
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 Shilling112
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 Shilling2,409
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,338
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 Shilling3,725
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling498
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling324
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling240
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 Shilling5,718
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling262
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 511 prices entered by 49 different people.
Latest price update: April 01, 2020

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Nairobi position in our World Ranking

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178th
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africa
2nd
out of 12

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