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:

  • $ 25 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6 per person
  • $ 3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 602* (88172 KES)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 60 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 8.9 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1640* (240268 KES)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 98 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2878* (421722 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 2024

Cost of living: Kenya VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Kenya in 2024 is 49% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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
Mombasa 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mombasa
Nyeri 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nyeri
Nairobi 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nairobi
Malindi 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Malindi
Kilifi 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kilifi
Garissa 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Garissa

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Local prices in Kenya by expense type

Kenya: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Kenya costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.6/person
($ 1.4 to $ 8)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 8.9 to $ 52)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5/person
($ 3.6 to $ 7.1)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.2 for 330ml
($ 1.5 to $ 3.2)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 4.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.3 to $ 1.4)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Kenya: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
($ 18 to $ 154)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 46/night
($ 26 to $ 125)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 142
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 31 to $ 257)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 205
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 68 to $ 243)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 292
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 123/night
($ 59 to $ 297)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 522
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 37/month
($ 13 to $ 177)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 141
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 96/month
($ 39 to $ 265)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 204
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 101/month
($ 47 to $ 261)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 188
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 57/month
($ 30 to $ 142)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 226
Family room
Family room
$ 169/month
($ 77 to $ 424)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 191

Kenya: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kenya costs 66% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 0.4/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.9 to $ 2.4)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.5/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 7.8)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Apples
Apples
$ 2.1/kg
($ 0.9 to $ 2.8)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.3 to $ 1.4)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.3 to $ 1.1)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.3 to $ 1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

Kenya: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Kenya is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.2/km
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.5)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.4
($ 1.3 to $ 2.8)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 77/24hrs
($ 55 to $ 129)

145% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32

Kenya: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kenya costs 45% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.7/ticket
($ 4.2 to $ 8.5)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
Tennis
Tennis
$ 18/hr
($ 7.1 to $ 22)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 24

Kenya: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Kenya costs 66% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.5/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 15
($ 7.1 to $ 36)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 22
($ 5.7 to $ 44)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45

Plane ticket budget

London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
$ 726
(fair price: $ 611)
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
$ 1168
(fair price: $ 980)
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
$ 717
(fair price: $ 608)
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
$ 673
(fair price: $ 559)
Toronto → Nairobi
Toronto → Nairobi
Toronto → Nairobi
$ 1068
(fair price: $ 861)
Los Angeles → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 804)

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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, Skyscanner and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Kenya updated on 19-02-2024.

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