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:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 838* (88424 KES)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 66 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 7.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1932* (203994 KES)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 16 per person

Total budget:

$ 3763* (397390 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 2020

Cost of living: Kenya VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Kenya in 2020 is essentially the same as 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
Nairobi 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nairobi
Nyeri 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nyeri
Thika 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thika
Kilifi 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kilifi
Eldoret 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Eldoret
Mombasa 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mombasa

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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 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.8/person
($ 1.9 to $ 9.4)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 8 to $ 24)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 4.8 to $ 9.4)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.4 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.8)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1 to $ 3.8)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Kenya: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya costs 40% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 52/night
($ 49 to $ 55)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 34 to $ 90)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 77/night
($ 42 to $ 130)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 179/night
($ 122 to $ 247)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 204/night
($ 169 to $ 254)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 41/month
($ 40 to $ 42)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 102/month
($ 67 to $ 153)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 119/month
($ 75 to $ 180)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 58/month
($ 40 to $ 89)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 298/month
($ 204 to $ 420)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Kenya: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kenya costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.1/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 20)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 9.8)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.8)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 3.3)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.6)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 6.6)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Kenya: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Kenya costs 12% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 32/month
($ 23 to $ 58)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.9/km
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.9
($ 1.9 to $ 4.8)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 55/24hrs
($ 39 to $ 89)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Kenya: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Kenya costs 60% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 41/month
($ 29 to $ 95)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 49/month
($ 29 to $ 95)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 291/month
($ 143 to $ 661)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 145/month
($ 95 to $ 284)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 659/month
($ 284 to $ 1416)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 366/month
($ 199 to $ 661)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 46/month
($ 24 to $ 95)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 193/month
($ 114 to $ 472)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9232/yr
($ 4719 to $ 20762)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

Kenya: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kenya costs 40% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.5/ticket
($ 4.8 to $ 9.4)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.1/hr
($ 4.8 to $ 15)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Kenya: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Kenya costs 47% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.4/pack
($ 1.9 to $ 3.3)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 24
($ 9.4 to $ 48)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 9.4 to $ 63)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 53
($ 24 to $ 95)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 46
($ 24 to $ 87)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
$ 745
(fair price: $ 602)
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
$ 950
(fair price: $ 815)
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
$ 692
(fair price: $ 615)
Los Angeles → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
$ 1039
(fair price: $ 900)
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
$ 652
(fair price: $ 570)
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 884)
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
$ 734
(fair price: $ 658)
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
$ 1529
(fair price: $ 1365)
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
$ 1467
(fair price: $ 1339)
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
$ 1029
(fair price: $ 899)
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
$ 1516
(fair price: $ 1367)
Auckland → Nairobi
Auckland → Nairobi
Auckland → Nairobi
$ 1629
(fair price: $ 1467)

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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 29-09-2020.

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