Cost of Living in Nairobi

Summary about cost of living in Nairobi, Kenya:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 KSh 250.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,500.00 KSh 2,000.00-5,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 623.70 KSh 500.00-900.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 250.00 KSh 180.00-350.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 300.00 KSh 250.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 275.45 KSh 100.00-431.60
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 51.40 KSh 35.00-100.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 50.87 KSh 30.00-107.90
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 375.54 KSh 227.12-492.10
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 46.56 KSh 45.36-63.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 70.63 KSh 45.36-113.40
Eggs (regular) (12) 155.43 KSh 120.00-252.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 498.13 KSh 181.44-907.19
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 285.12 KSh 136.08-453.59
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 216.27 KSh 181.44-317.52
Apples (1 lb) 105.60 KSh 40.82-181.44
Banana (1 lb) 42.31 KSh 22.68-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 77.73 KSh 27.22-158.76
Tomato (1 lb) 45.70 KSh 27.22-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 41.94 KSh 18.14-68.04
Onion (1 lb) 43.59 KSh 22.68-68.04
Lettuce (1 head) 62.59 KSh 40.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 84.50 KSh 50.00-120.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,000.00 KSh 600.00-1,700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 202.95 KSh 140.00-272.73
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 265.00 KSh 200.00-400.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 300.00 KSh 250.00-350.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 100.00 KSh 50.00-100.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 3,489.13 KSh 3,000.00-6,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 200.00 KSh 200.00-400.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 321.87 KSh 112.65-402.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 225.00 KSh 200.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 436.63 KSh 378.54-478.36
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,500,000.00 KSh 1,200,000.00-2,100,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,399,090.91 KSh 1,000,000.00-2,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,242.24 KSh 2,000.00-10,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.46 KSh 2.00-4.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6,374.96 KSh 3,000.00-11,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 5,518.52 KSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,066.67 KSh 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 KSh 500.00-1,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 21,669.75 KSh 10,000.00-40,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,209,090.91 KSh 600,000.00-2,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,462.96 KSh 1,000.00-7,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,374.07 KSh 1,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,195.45 KSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,770.83 KSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 45,517.24 KSh 30,000.00-80,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 20,558.82 KSh 15,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 103,166.67 KSh 60,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 52,000.00 KSh 35,000.00-90,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 31,105.01 KSh 13,935.34-92,902.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,201.77 KSh 4,180.60-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 42,890.85 KSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.00 12.00-18.00

Prices in Nairobi

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Last update: June 2021
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18 Comments so far
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.
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. www.rshanphonsi.com
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 neighborhoods..live in westlands, Karen, kileleshwa,muthaiga,lavington,runda, kitusuru,kyuna,..the above estates are good,no crime but very expensive.. $300 for a one bedroom.you could shop elsewhere for better deals. contact me for more directions...alexw8761@gmail.com
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.