Travel budget and cost of living in Kenya how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Kenya

Kenya: calculate your travel budget

Kenya: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Kenya for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 769* (73346 KES)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 8.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2165* (206570 KES)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 139 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 3975* (379302 KES)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Kenya in 2019

Cost of living: Kenya VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Kenya in 2019 is 39% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Kenya in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Kenya by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Kenya compared to the national average.

Cities /Kenya View Details
Nairobi 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nairobi
Eldoret 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Eldoret
Nakuru 19% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nakuru
Nyeri 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nyeri
Malindi 19% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Malindi
Mombasa 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mombasa

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Local prices in Kenya by expense type

Restaurant budget in Kenya

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Kenya costs 46% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.8/person
($ 2.6 to $ 9.4)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 8.5 to $ 28)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.6/person
($ 4.8 to $ 9.4)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.2)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya costs 45% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 34 to $ 118)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 57/night
($ 21 to $ 333)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 24 to $ 1620)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 179/night
($ 61 to $ 811)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 231/night
($ 143 to $ 750)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 38/month
($ 29 to $ 49)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 100/month
($ 28 to $ 599)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 152/month
($ 46 to $ 2023)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 57/month
($ 28 to $ 339)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Kenya

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kenya costs 47% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.2/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 10.5)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 9.4)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.6)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.9/kg
($ 4.1 to $ 7.4)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Kenya

On average, the price of transport in Kenya is essentially the same as in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
($ 22 to $ 44)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.9/km
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

51% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 2.2 to $ 5.3)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 67/24hrs
($ 53 to $ 89)

70% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Kenya

On average, the cost of housing in Kenya costs 50% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 51/month
($ 28 to $ 98)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 70/month
($ 38 to $ 107)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 341/month
($ 127 to $ 634)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 168/month
($ 90 to $ 370)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 741/month
($ 317 to $ 1581)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 414/month
($ 212 to $ 844)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 61/month
($ 33 to $ 107)

57% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 189/month
($ 107 to $ 396)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8599/yr
($ 5058 to $ 19491)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Kenya

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kenya costs 44% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 8.5/ticket
($ 5.9 to $ 10.5)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.3/hr
($ 4.2 to $ 10.5)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Kenya

On average, shopping budget in Kenya costs 41% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 27
($ 16 to $ 64)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 33
($ 22 to $ 64)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 60
($ 33 to $ 107)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 51
($ 28 to $ 85)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
$ 799
(fair price: $ 666)
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
$ 1007
(fair price: $ 898)
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
$ 757
(fair price: $ 684)
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
$ 682
(fair price: $ 610)
Los Angeles → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
$ 1140
(fair price: $ 1033)

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About the information on the cost of living in Kenya

The information about the cost of living in Kenya shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Kenya updated on 16-03-2019.

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