Cost of Living in Nairobi

Summary of cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 600.00 KSh 300.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 KSh 2,500.00-7,631.76
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 KSh 500.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 KSh 200.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 400.00 KSh 300.00-600.00
Cappuccino (regular) 303.14 KSh 200.00-500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 79.90 KSh 50.00-200.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 63.90 KSh 35.00-150.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 443.11 KSh 264.98-590.52
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 65.54 KSh 54.43-113.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 111.03 KSh 56.70-156.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 230.38 KSh 160.00-324.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 656.15 KSh 272.16-1,814.37
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 347.92 KSh 204.12-510.75
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 282.17 KSh 204.12-385.55
Apples (1 lb) 139.88 KSh 45.36-181.44
Banana (1 lb) 54.00 KSh 27.22-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 101.26 KSh 45.36-244.49
Tomato (1 lb) 50.80 KSh 27.22-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 54.32 KSh 27.22-90.72
Onion (1 lb) 58.01 KSh 34.02-90.72
Lettuce (1 head) 79.25 KSh 40.00-120.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 81.32 KSh 50.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,500.00 KSh 800.00-3,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 253.18 KSh 180.00-350.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 323.13 KSh 220.00-500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 350.00 KSh 300.00-500.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 100.00 KSh 60.00-100.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 4,740.00 KSh 3,500.00-6,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 200.00 KSh 180.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 273.59 KSh 160.93-482.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh 240.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 784.38 KSh 681.37-832.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,400,000.00 KSh 1,600,000.00-3,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,276,923.08 KSh 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,699.28 KSh 2,000.00-6,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 1,795.00 KSh 1,000.00-2,500.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 5,235.92 KSh 3,500.00-7,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 6,067.58 KSh 3,500.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,427.20 KSh 1,271.96-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 KSh 600.00-1,200.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 20,372.81 KSh 10,000.00-41,666.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 944,408.02 KSh 300,000.00-2,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,412.83 KSh 1,000.00-6,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,123.81 KSh 1,500.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 6,934.78 KSh 2,500.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 6,604.12 KSh 3,000.00-12,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 61,272.73 KSh 40,000.00-139,915.66
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 26,100.00 KSh 15,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 142,500.00 KSh 95,000.00-254,392.10
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 62,727.27 KSh 40,000.00-150,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 14,804.15 KSh 11,148.27-18,580.45
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,657.12 KSh 5,574.14-13,006.32
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 54,814.81 KSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.41 11.00-15.10

Prices in Nairobi

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Last update: April 2024
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20 Comments so far
David on Mar 27, 2024:
Just came from Nairobi yesterday.
Taxi driver told me that teacher's salary is about 40USD/Month.
Dont know if it's true? Sounds way too low. Can someone confirm this claim?
He also said that doctors earn around 200USD/Month? Doctors are on strike at the moment because of low salaries.
Jar of Nutella 750g is 14USD(!?)
Sport shoes that I wear are 3 times the price in Europe!
Colin on Feb 03, 2024:
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Anonymous on Sep 16, 2023:
Kenya is a shthole always has been and will continue to be.Just landing in Nairobi the stench of raw pz and sht in the air is a telltale sign of its people who are trash.
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Anonymous on Apr 26, 2022:
Be aware Nairobi is full of terrorists rebels that came from Thika,Kenya. There's a large population of india people living in Thika promoting the heroine trade through India people and passed onto Somalia terrorists groups. Heroine built the industrial complex in Thika quickly plus heroine built the super highway starting from Thika into Nairobi.The flow of heroine from Somalia into Thika is very substantial and onward into Nairobi.
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2022:
Is $1,350 usd ok for monthly retirement income Kenya?
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Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
Hey Carol sounds like you're being scammed unless you're the scammer which is possible.Best advice stop sending money.
Carol on Oct 10, 2021:
I'm sorry I did not understand the prices is not in our money. Maybe you can answer a question for me. I have a friend that flew over there with his daughter and they were robbed no money no identification I have been paying for their room and something deep to eat a little bit at a time I don't have the money to straighten things out and to fly them home who do they need to go see to help them get back home?
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Nairobi wouldn't be a shock to me I'd never live there in the first place
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2021:
Leaving in Nairobi is quite hectic mostly on the prices of transport and housing it’s a real shock
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2021:
I wouldn't say Nairobi is a beautiful city quite the opposite actually.
Anonymous on Jan 15, 2021:
Scam ...thieves ...corruption... That's way of life in this beautiful city.Being white in this city is like a moving bank .You will get milked dry .Anything is sold to foreigners 3 to 5 times the usual price ..like WTF
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Nothing is cheap in Nairobi no matter where you shop I live here.
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2020:
Nairobi for locals is not expensive,they have a way of getting the best for less,eg instead of the established stores with higher prices they would rather shop for clothing in Eastleigh or Gikomba where they get quality for less. Food staff in the residential areas(estates is cheaper .The lower middle class will spend less by almost half as compared to upper middle class or the rich owing to where they buy food and other staff,hung out,and live.
Anonymous on Dec 15, 2020:
Never open a bank account in Nairobi.It doesn't matter if it's a debit account or a savings account for this reason.The amounts you have on debit or savings will be less than you deposited.I understood there would be a small maintenance fee each month on both of my accounts which amounted to $6 usd both accounts combined.Each month I'd get a statement from both accounts as to current amounts. So I went to the bank to withdraw funds for a vacation only to find out the amounts on both of my accounts were 26% less than what was supposed to be. I showed the president of the bank current amounts sent to me by the bank each month. He said discrepancies are normal and it's just an estimate nothing more.
dennis wiley on Jul 29, 2020:
I would like to move to nirobia I 2023 I want to start a bank account can I start bank account on line
CT on Jun 09, 2020:
Such a nonsense!!! How is it possible to surivive with an average income of KSH 41,175.05 and on the other hand side you write the monthly costs of KSH 201,175??? As well the majority of your written down costs are nonsense. Have you been asking only the guys from UN and the embassies? Honestly... Nonesense.