Cost of Living in Nairobi

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 41.77
Rent Index: 13.88
Groceries Index: 38.70
Restaurants Index: 34.23
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 28.40
Local Purchasing Power: 27.85
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 KSh 250.00-700.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,500.00 KSh 1,800.00-4,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 600.00 KSh 500.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 200.00 KSh 200.00-250.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 350.00 KSh 250.00-350.00
Cappuccino (regular) 243.12 KSh 180.00-300.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 51.67 KSh 35.00-100.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 45.24 KSh 30.00-70.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 363.40 KSh 292.47-391.82
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 47.80 KSh 45.36-54.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 55.94 KSh 42.64-70.43
Eggs (12) 166.60 KSh 120.00-250.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 382.28 KSh 158.76-680.39
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 275.54 KSh 226.80-408.23
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 243.43 KSh 181.44-294.84
Apples (1 lb) 132.12 KSh 90.72-181.44
Banana (1 lb) 69.68 KSh 45.36-136.08
Oranges (1 lb) 100.02 KSh 45.36-181.44
Tomato (1 lb) 42.84 KSh 31.75-46.95
Potato (1 lb) 45.03 KSh 36.29-63.50
Onion (1 lb) 46.04 KSh 36.29-68.04
Lettuce (1 head) 71.25 KSh 45.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 77.25 KSh 50.00-100.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 900.00 KSh 700.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 178.18 KSh 140.00-250.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 227.78 KSh 190.00-350.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 200.00 KSh 150.00-250.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 70.00 KSh 50.00-80.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2,750.00 KSh 1,500.00-3,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh 200.00-500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 321.87 KSh 144.84-482.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 KSh 200.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 354.59 KSh 329.33-378.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,450,000.00 KSh 1,200,000.00-2,100,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,606,250.00 KSh 1,300,000.00-2,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 5,532.14 KSh 3,000.00-8,173.08
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.81 KSh 3.00-5.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,194.44 KSh 3,000.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 6,222.22 KSh 3,500.00-10,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 725.00 KSh 400.00-1,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 600.00 KSh 500.00-1,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 16,000.00 KSh
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 432,000.00 KSh
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,221.43 KSh 2,000.00-7,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,040.91 KSh 2,000.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,107.14 KSh 3,000.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,616.67 KSh 3,000.00-6,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 34,713.33 KSh 25,000.00-55,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 18,428.57 KSh 12,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 102,694.86 KSh 55,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 45,293.53 KSh 30,000.00-70,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 67,230.26 KSh 15,483.65-139,353.40
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,516.04 KSh 6,038.65-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 33,018.49 KSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 17.14 14.00-22.00

Prices in Nairobi, Kenya

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Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Nairobi is 58.23% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 490.50$ (50,793.95KSh) and for four person family at 1,768.03$ (183,088.26KSh) (without rent).
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33 Comments so far

##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
#alex on Aug 21, 2015 :
not true, am nairobian I pay 10000 pm for 1bdrm ,expense depends on where u shop. income of 50k u will live a normal life, that is no personal car and expect traffic jam in rush hours
#concerned reader, on Jul 31, 2015 :
it must be made clear that there are various classes of shopping outlets, products in the market, accommodation by location and other considerations, healthcare services, schools and much more products and services. Be assured that while in Kenya and particularly Nairobi you will enjoy a wide and diverse selection of local and imported products just like most cosmopolitan cities. But the prudence is to arrive and take time to get around, it might help to get localized quickly and avoid appearing like a snob, tourist and especially the expatriate attitude.

like many cities you are bound to get non-resident costs slapped on you when get around to tourist location but they are always reasonable rates. you can subsidies an outing by opting to do self catering and self drive in the game parks.

also avoid giving out bribes for services my advice will be to quickly learn the local language (Swahili or sheng) you will be more accepted, infact the more I talk about Nairobi the more I feel like I am talking about NEWYORK.........
#Adriana on Jul 26, 2015 :
Some posts are outrageous!! Clearly these posts are not by locals but expats who frequent exceedingly expensive shops and restaurants.. Taxis do not cost 6,000 plus, unless you hire the taxi for a week (saloon car) or travel out of Nairobi..Local beer -Tusker retails utmost at Ksh 200. It might be Kshs 300 an above in expensive bars and restaurants meant for the well to do.. Rents of Kshs 150,000 and above is for apartments located in plush neighbourhoods with some coming furnished..You can find much much cheaper apartments to rent in less plush middle class neighbourhoods, there are houses up for rent for all budgets. You just need to be smart with regards to where you shop, dine and live..
#Gitonga on Jul 02, 2015 :
Hi, I'm Kenyan and live in Nairobi Bread is 50ksh, 1 liter of soda is 99ksh. Calling is 4bob per minute on safaricom which almost everyone uses and you can get chips 1 piece of crispy chicken and a 300 ml soda for 200... A full pizza (Google debonaires) is 850 and 1000 on Friday when they offer 2 for 1....hope that helps. From my speculation of foreign countries, here in Nairobi food and services are cheap, but electronics and luxury items are a bitch! Ps4 is 56,000 when it should be 39,000. So It's not a good place to buy laptops, tablets or phOnes. The Tax on importing cars ls also insane... But housing is okay 15mil will get you a descendent 3 bedroom apartment in upscale areas like Lavington
#Mark on Jun 22, 2015 :
I live in Nairobi and have done for 5 years
These prices are incorrect for an expat

Rents have increased 25% each year for 3 years in a row
If you want a decent 3 or 4 bed house, expect to pay 250,000 to 350,000 kes per month

a meal out in an ok restaurant costs between 5,000 and 10,000 kes
#murphy on Jun 13, 2015 :
I jes want to know if an average man can survive in the city of nairobi,kenya
#Missy on Jun 11, 2015 :
The rates are almost accurate, give or take afew tens.

Nairobi is expensive for those that want a certain kind of life and its cheap for those expatriates that know the ropes and are reasonable in their spending. I have expatriates for colueagues and they live within thin reasonable means and still earn some good salaries. You don't have to live in a 3 br house and pay 150k or drink at some expensive joint every day. By the way, those saying local beer goes for 300, havent been to decent places that sell at 200 or less.
#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 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 :

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.