Cost of Living in Nairobi

Summary about cost of living in Nairobi:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 KSh 350.00-1,037.60
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00 KSh 2,000.00-4,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 KSh 500.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 218.76 KSh 200.00-300.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 300.00 KSh 250.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 246.94 KSh 180.00-350.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 57.69 KSh 33.00-103.76
Water (12 oz small bottle) 50.59 KSh 30.00-150.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 401.25 KSh 340.69-567.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 54.66 KSh 45.36-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 89.34 KSh 58.97-136.08
Eggs (regular) (12) 176.11 KSh 120.00-260.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 369.12 KSh 172.37-544.31
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 311.13 KSh 226.80-408.23
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 222.26 KSh 158.76-317.52
Apples (1 lb) 124.04 KSh 68.04-170.55
Banana (1 lb) 52.34 KSh 31.75-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 91.85 KSh 45.36-136.08
Tomato (1 lb) 60.78 KSh 36.29-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 68.61 KSh 36.29-99.79
Onion (1 lb) 52.16 KSh 34.02-90.72
Lettuce (1 head) 95.00 KSh 35.00-207.52
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 127.18 KSh 100.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,018.80 KSh 950.00-1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 217.27 KSh 170.00-296.46
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 302.22 KSh 200.00-400.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 250.00 KSh 200.00-350.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 80.00 KSh 50.00-100.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 3,000.00 KSh 2,500.00-4,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 250.00 KSh 200.00-500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 321.87 KSh 160.93-482.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh 200.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 422.93 KSh 382.33-454.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,600,000.00 KSh 1,100,000.00-2,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,455,952.38 KSh 900,000.00-2,800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 6,048.41 KSh 3,000.00-12,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.43 KSh 2.00-4.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6,576.69 KSh 3,500.00-10,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 5,807.69 KSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 803.42 KSh 500.00-1,037.60
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 KSh 600.00-1,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 19,392.36 KSh 10,000.00-50,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 820,365.71 KSh 400,000.00-1,850,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,869.70 KSh 1,500.00-6,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,000.00 KSh 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 6,468.00 KSh 3,500.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,326.92 KSh 3,000.00-8,819.60
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 42,756.88 KSh 20,000.00-70,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 18,750.00 KSh 13,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 96,923.08 KSh 60,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 46,652.17 KSh 35,000.00-100,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 40,853.06 KSh 11,148.27-92,902.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,175.40 KSh 4,180.60-17,651.43
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 36,695.65 KSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.24 12.00-18.00

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Last update: October 2019
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16 Comments so far

#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.

I feel for anyone moving to a new country, it's not easy and guidance is very important. I am willing to help (advice only) anyone thinking of moving to Kenya Nairobi. You can visit my blog to contact me or learn more about Kenya.
#matingas on Mar 31, 2018 :
Nairobi is a cool place, expensive for the broke, but much cheaper than Europe and America.. crime is common in poor in westlands, Karen, kileleshwa,muthaiga,lavington,runda, kitusuru,kyuna,..the above estates are good,no crime but very expensive.. $300 for a one could shop elsewhere for better deals. contact me for more
#Anonymous Guy on Mar 10, 2018 :
Hi, i have read all the comments here and some foreigners are coming out as really not that smart especially around financial management. If you want to live exorbitantly or as if you are in Europe or America, then be ready to spend a lot of money and be swindled by clever unethical businesses including schools :).

Nairobi is very cheap if you make a budget, track expenses, don't be peer-pressured to go out every time, live within your means with set goals for your life. Young people and expats are the people who spend without thinking in Nairobi paying hundreds of thousands a month for rent (what stupidity).

All this is brought about by their false notion of what is DESCENT for a restaurant, mall, house, lifestyle etc. Your choices when it comes to this reflects your morals, character, goals, self-control etc which can be summed up as VALUES!!

Therefore, don't be lied to by people here or some of the false costs provided above. It all depends on you. Shop in normal supermarkets like Quickmart, Tuskys, Cleanshelf etc and preferably buy your vegetables in the local markets. If you didn't ask a local about the prices beforehand, you will OBVIOUSLY be asked to pay at a higher price since to you, it is assumed it is so little and you won't notice or 'feel it'.

Cheers!! Happy Travels everyone 2018 and beyond
#Abukar on Nov 19, 2017 :
Hi this is Abukar Ahmed I’m living in when I get the stitches I need to come in Nairobi and I wanted to stay to play around with them and I loved it so how much I’m going to be three months
#John on Sep 22, 2017 :
Hello everyone.

I have applied for the UN Internship program in Nairobi, which is unfortunately unpaid. Put differently, if I am selected I would need to finance it on my own.

Is there someone in Nairobi right now who can assist with the minimum amount of money that is needed for my "survival" in Nairobi?

Renting a flat with some local maybe - transportation cost for the public transport - groceries

Nothing luxurious.

Thank you!
#Sam Sahoo on Jun 08, 2017 :
Is this seriously the cost of living in Kenya?? How do locals and poor people survive there. Sometimes I think that these prices are blown out of proportion. Because as far as I know if such is the disparity between the wages and inflation in any part of the world, the common people would kick the govt. out of power.
#Shueshue on May 17, 2017 :
I think the prices depend on whether you are local or expatriate in Kenya. Expatriates will be charged exorbitant prices for rent, fruit & veggies at the markets etc. Also, as safety is a major concern here, most people will also need to fork out money for guards, electric fencing etc. You will also not travel by public transport as this is not safe. If you want to buy imported good such as soy milk, you will pay 5x the price you would pay back home. The same goes for organic veggies vs veggies sprayed with toxic amounts of chemicals.
If you want to travel within te country you will pay a lot of money for hotels which have super high prices compared to the facilities you get for it.
If you want the same lifestyle as back home, you will pay much more money that you would in Europe. Living a relatively simple life (limited alcohol, once a week to a restaurant, a few weekend breaks here and there ) but with all the necessary safety measures in place and an international school for my kids as most non-international schools don't have the same quality as back home, I spend at least USD 10.000 per month for a family of 4.

And, every month, Kenya becomes more expensive.
##Anonymous on May 02, 2017 :
Milk has shot up from KES 50/- for 1/2 a litre, to 65/- for the same amount in less than a quarter of a year. This among many other consumables, which has led to the twitter hashtag #CostOfLivingKe to trend amongst Kenyans on Twitter.
##anonymous on Nov 11, 2016 :
first of all, let me just finish laughing.
if you want to live a high end lifestyle what do you expect. of course life will be very very expensive.

my advice like some people said below, spend some time and get accustomed to the way of life in the city. the prices put above are downright outrageous.
I have seen foreigners living in normal neighbourhoods, using public transportation, shopping where the regular Kenyan shops (the goods sold are the same everywhere). it's not because they don't earn a lot, but if you intend to live here plan your budget wisely. otherwise you will end up complaining how everything is expensive and its not.

like @concerned reader said "it must be made clear that there are various classes of shopping outlets, products in the market, accommodation by location and other considerations"
#Anonymous on Oct 26, 2016 :
Have you consider flat share with local before you get your own for best choice here
#Viki on Oct 13, 2016 :
Hi there, I am arriving to Nairobi in January 2017, for 3 months, how much money do I need to have? I want a small 1 bedroom apartment in a safe area, with internet, to cover costs of transport, buy food from a grocery story and sometimes eat in local cafes, have some money for buying clothes and simple stuff. Thank you :)
#Vel on Nov 08, 2015 :
How to manage in nairobi with monthly salary of 800USD.Kindly give me suggestions.
#bob on Oct 05, 2015 :
Can any one tell me about the travel allowance money that you need to leave kenya if you are an Australian citizens returning home to Australia