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Cost of Living in Nairobi, Kenya

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 49.43
Rent Index: 15.88
Groceries Index: 46.90
Restaurants Index: 40.16
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 32.48
Local Purchasing Power: 30.94

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 400.00 KSh
250.00
500.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00 KSh
1,500.00
5,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 625.00 KSh
450.00
800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 200.00 KSh
170.00
300.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 290.00 KSh
200.00
400.00
Cappuccino (regular) 237.33 KSh
180.00
300.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 70.94 KSh
40.00
120.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 57.58 KSh
40.00
100.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 93.23 KSh
80.00
100.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 67.67 KSh
50.00
100.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 152.50 KSh
120.00
200.00
Eggs (12) 154.17 KSh
120.00
180.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 922.86 KSh
760.00
1,100.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 729.44 KSh
480.00
1,000.00
Apples (1kg) 233.33 KSh
150.00
300.00
Oranges (1kg) 247.14 KSh
150.00
300.00
Tomato (1kg) 127.50 KSh
100.00
160.00
Potato (1kg) 87.78 KSh
50.00
120.00
Lettuce (1 head) 63.17 KSh
50.00
89.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 94.44 KSh
60.00
120.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 750.00 KSh
650.00
1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 138.89 KSh
120.00
180.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 197.14 KSh
150.00
250.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 165.00 KSh
110.00
200.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 50.00 KSh
50.00
80.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 3,750.00 KSh
3,500.00
4,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh
200.00
600.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 193.21 KSh
100.00
250.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 450.00 KSh
200.00
800.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 102.54 KSh
90.00
115.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,200,000.00 KSh
1,721,911.81
2,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 3,879.46 KSh
2,000.00
6,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.88 KSh
3.00
5.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,375.00 KSh
4,000.00
5,500.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 7,375.00 KSh
5,000.00
10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,000.00 KSh
1,000.00
1,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 700.00 KSh
500.00
900.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,562.50 KSh
2,500.00
4,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,981.18 KSh
3,000.00
4,850.42
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,833.33 KSh
4,500.00
12,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,250.00 KSh
3,500.00
8,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 39,888.89 KSh
24,000.00
60,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 19,300.00 KSh
12,000.00
30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 108,181.82 KSh
60,000.00
150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 61,875.00 KSh
40,000.00
100,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 118,000.00 KSh
100,000.00
130,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 105,000.00 KSh
100,000.00
110,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 33,840.78 KSh
20,000.00
50,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 15.47
13.00
18.00

These data are based on 724 entries in the past 18 months from 88 different contributors.

Last update: May, 2015

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23 Comments so far

#Anonymous on May 15, 2015 :
Dear Sir/Madame

I have been travelling back and forth to Kenya for over two years now and I am astonished how the people survive with such horrific pricing.

I live in Vancouver, Canada and 2014 forbes cited my city as the most expensive in North America, yet the prices in Nairobi, Mombasa were higher then my own city with little comparison to infrastructure or social services.

I went through $15,000 in 6 weeks between taxis costing $50-$80 for trips into Nairobi from buru buru, one hour away, to paying 350Ksh plus for a domestic beer, to paying 12,000 ksh for my wife and myself at an average restaurant.

your pricing is sadly outdated or misrepresented... just groceries alone at Tusky's, we could not afford to shop at the Nakumart, were running 18,000 sh per two weeks, that's $450 USd per month for two people and we are not big eaters, meat and beer or a bottle of wine was extra.

a small glass of wine, I mean 4 oz was 350 sh plus at a simple local bar.

we went to a Luo restaurant in Nairobi upstairs we hade gideri, bowl of rice, two meat bowls two tuska malts and the total bill came to 2050 Ksh or $25.62 USd not including tip for a very small and light lunch and this place was a two or one star restaurant.

Rent is outrageously high unless you live in the slums...so for expats or investors you really need to update your facts on this country because it is highly misleading and very outdated.

Also you forgot the cost for graft if you are not black...this should be implemented as self inflicted gratuities and cost us about 15,000 per month.

I hope you take a serious and realistic look at the pricing index of this country as you are sadly mistaken.
#supratim on May 14, 2015 :
i want to know how much i would save in 90000 kes is my salary
company giving accomodation with electricity & water with transportation to office.
how much i save ,kindly help me
#len on May 13, 2015 :
I am sorry but I have to warn EVERYONE this price index and costs are way under valued, I have been travelling back and forth to Nairobi, Mombasa, nakuru, for over two years...and Nairobi is comparable to New York pricing.

Domestic beer starts at 350sh, imported 500sh, a cheap wine (4 oz only) 350-500, a shot of hard liquor ( a shot is 1/3 oz, not a true shot) 300sh

Food at a local 2 star restaurant for two dinner with one glass of wine and bottle of beer is 4000-6000 sh if you share a salad!

Cost of weekly groceries will run you 9000-12000 per week not including any alcohol

taxis are about 6000-8000 to run into Nairobi and out for a one hour ride

then graft will cost you about 12,000 per month if you are white.

I feel so sorry for the Kenyans here because their wages do not support their families, while these business rape their economy.

If you want to go to a 4 star restaurant you will be wasting your money for the quality of food and preparation but you will pay up to 18,000 sh or $225.00 USD for two people with a bottle of wine and appetizer...

this is not a place to retire unless you are wealthy

I saw many Kenya kimbu, expats who live like Kenyans and talked to them as to what happened,,,they said they cannot afford to live in Kenya and they cannot afford to leave.

be warned
#Anonymous on Feb 04, 2015 :
I live in Nairobi and the figures there are very correct
#Mohamed koïta on Dec 30, 2014 :
I am a sierra leonean presently living in burkina faso but I want to move to Nairobi for 5months but what is the cheapest single room in a month even if the room is morethan local that is what I need. Will I get a Job there. I will do any kind hard job only the room is my problem now. Please i need help and advices
#Nyaperah Wycliffe on Nov 26, 2014 :
Seriously looking for a job in any international school in Kenya.I am a P1 graduate from Asumbi Teachers College.I am a teacher of science and also an author of KCPE MENTOR SCIENCE series now selling in all bookshops in Kenya.
#Org wants to expand on Nov 26, 2014 :
I need your help in form of some information if you can take out 5-7 minutes of yours & can answer of following questions.
Please advise the salary bracket of mentioned position

-HR & Admin Executive (03 - 06 years)
-Software Engineer ( 1-3 years exp)
-Senior Software Engineer (3-6 years exp)
-Sales Manager (5-6 years of Exp)
- Project Manager (06 plus years)

And also gives approach idea in Kenya currency of below mentioned

-Monthly Out Patient Medical
-Monthly rent of 1 or 2 bedroom apartment
-Monthly Grocery expense of 2 member family
-Monthly School Fees of child
Or any other expense which you want to mention.
#Jeremiah on Nov 07, 2014 :
I want to send money to help churches feed people. How much should I send ?
#Anonymous on Sep 22, 2014 :
I earn 70, 000; rent is 15,000, food is 7,000, transport and lunch is 7,000, total 29,000, savings 11,000. It all depends on were you live and your standard of living.
#Anonymous on Aug 12, 2014 :
These are ALL bullshit!! I earn about 166,000KSH(about R10,000depending on the R.O.E) per month. Company paid house, car and fuel. I still can't manage. If I knew what I know now. I would never have moved here.all these prices needs some sort of amendment
#Anonymous on Apr 25, 2014 :
Please i want

to know how life is in nairobi generally,am a nigerian i based in south africa but am planning to relocate to kenya for academic purpose,can one get a job and same time be schooling in kenya?chris.
#Anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 :
...youll live above average
#Nix on Jan 23, 2014 :
Cost of living is not soo bad in Nairobi. The only issue is the wage.If u have a standard salary of BOUT 200,000 KES.
#rafey bashot on Jan 18, 2014 :
pls i want move to nairobi want know about live there also safe or not i want open busiens there
#Lisa on Jan 08, 2014 :
In Nairobi, taxis are not metered, all prices are negotiable. A typical trip of 5-10 KM will range from 1000-1500 shillings, hence the average 1200 shillings.
#Raju on Dec 08, 2013 :
Avg salary is 35,000.00 KSh, and rent for Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 32,314.98 KSh.

What is the point in working here..?? any comments on this..?
#John on Jul 02, 2013 :
@Ronald

ummmm... you look at the prices listed on this page and figure it out yourself?
#Ronald on May 29, 2013 :
If I have a salary of 910000.00 KES what will be my standard of living in Kenya i.e. rents & living expenses
#marcelo on May 03, 2013 :
hello: I plan to live in Kenya for about 6 months and i´m looking for a studio with small kitchen and bathroom/shower, in-or-close to Nairobi. ¿Any suggestions? Thank you.
#Mladen on Feb 03, 2013 :
Hi Jakob, I guess that some locals have access to better priced properties comparing to expats, if not please update the prices with your remarks.
#Jakob on Feb 03, 2013 :
The rent index looks very wrong? First of all it dropped from index 44 before it was updated to only index 23 now. moreover, if you check out a few real estate agents in Nairobi, you will find that 3 beed room apartments in the city center can not be rented for 80.000 Kes? Depending on the quality, size, security level etc.. an expat level 3 bedroom apartment in the city center would be almost double price, or at least around 130-150.000 Kes and up.
#Tom on Sep 21, 2012 :
The indicated monthly wages are not average. Average jobs like teacher or factory worker urn less then 100$ a month.
#Gilles on Jun 12, 2012 :
Prices are out of date especially for "rent per month" and "basics". Rents and food price as increased tremendously (20-25%)on the last two years.
Please consult the data of Kenya national bureau of statistics http://www.knbs.or.ke/ to get more on inflation rate in Kenya.

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