Cost of Living in Nairobi

Summary about cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 KSh 300.00-1,200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 KSh 2,500.00-8,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 750.00 KSh 500.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 250.00 KSh 200.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 375.00 KSh 300.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 270.35 KSh 150.00-490.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 65.60 KSh 40.00-100.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 55.00 KSh 30.00-100.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 435.19 KSh 363.40-529.96
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 55.31 KSh 45.36-73.71
Rice (white), (1 lb) 83.23 KSh 49.90-113.40
Eggs (regular) (12) 168.38 KSh 132.00-200.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 667.41 KSh 226.80-1,133.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 315.18 KSh 181.44-476.27
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 254.15 KSh 181.44-362.87
Apples (1 lb) 130.18 KSh 45.36-199.13
Banana (1 lb) 48.65 KSh 22.68-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 94.24 KSh 27.22-181.44
Tomato (1 lb) 50.86 KSh 22.68-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 53.84 KSh 18.14-113.40
Onion (1 lb) 53.15 KSh 22.68-100.00
Lettuce (1 head) 71.45 KSh 50.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 89.64 KSh 60.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 KSh 750.00-2,400.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 239.91 KSh 180.00-300.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 296.33 KSh 230.00-450.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 300.00 KSh 250.00-380.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 100.00 KSh 50.00-150.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 4,000.00 KSh 3,000.00-6,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh 180.00-500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 230.14 KSh 128.75-402.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 330.00 KSh 200.00-800.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 521.38 KSh 488.32-601.88
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,050,000.00 KSh 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,070,485.38 KSh 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,216.72 KSh 1,800.00-6,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 4.06 KSh 2.00-5.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6,640.00 KSh 4,000.00-10,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 5,704.55 KSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,050.00 KSh 1,000.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 KSh 600.00-1,500.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 21,351.85 KSh 7,500.00-59,625.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,101,333.33 KSh 600,000.00-2,100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,952.94 KSh 1,000.00-5,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,531.58 KSh 1,500.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,918.75 KSh 2,500.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,131.58 KSh 2,500.00-12,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 46,272.73 KSh 30,000.00-80,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 21,225.81 KSh 14,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 113,695.65 KSh 80,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 49,660.71 KSh 30,000.00-90,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 40,328.73 KSh 15,793.39-92,902.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,844.58 KSh 3,901.90-18,580.45
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 55,103.10 KSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.96 11.00-16.00

Prices in Nairobi

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Last update: August 2022
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20 Comments so far
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?
monika on Feb 26, 2022:
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palak on Jan 29, 2022:
Thank you, you have shared very good information. Is very informative and quite interesting
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 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.
Fostin on Apr 18, 2019:
There are even studio apartments that cost btn 10,000-15000ksh a month along chiromo/waiyaki highway in westlands close to the city centre, and the closest market place is at behind sarit centre where prices are cheaper than the above.
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019:
All of Africa is deeply indebted to China, drowning in debt actually.The prices as of May 2018 were close to being correct but now prices need to be adjusted another 70% higher on everything to offset loses.
da on Nov 13, 2018:
Nairobi is not as expensive as the prices suggest if only one would ask the right people and not feel superior. if you are on a budget counting your cost from accommodation, grocery, transport et al, you can get, like anywhere in the world, cheaply, inexpensive, safely and conveniently. Some of us do understand how it is like to get money to travel from your countries and the kind of jobs you do to save and be able to travel to a foreign country.
Fonsi on Sep 16, 2018:
These are reasonable prices. Slightly more expensive but better be prepared than sorry. I am an expatriate working in Nairobi. I pay 15,000 ksh (150$) for a one bedroom out of the city. I spend 3000 extra on additional bills. Lunch and breakfast is provided at my workplace so that's about 6000ksh for dinner monthly (I don't eat much). 4000 ksh for transport and 5000ksh for leisure, 6000ksh for home internet and phone credit. And 3000ksh for my dog's monthly expenses (but I usually end up using only 700ksh if vaccines are not needed that month). I am also a student, so 20,000ksh goes into my school fees every month.

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