Travel budget in Kenya

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Kenya: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 42 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.8 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 914* (88452 KES)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 74 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 8.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 2194* (212366 KES)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 133 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 4079* (394926 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 essentially the same as in 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 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nairobi
Nyeri 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nyeri
Eldoret 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Eldoret
Nakuru 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nakuru
Garissa 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Garissa
Thika 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thika
Mombasa 15% 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 45% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.5 to $ 10.5)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 10.5 to $ 22)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.3/person
($ 5.3 to $ 10.5)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.1)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 3.7)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.7)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Kenya costs 39% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 61/night
($ 47 to $ 52)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 57/night
($ 33 to $ 84)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 39 to $ 147)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 180/night
($ 109 to $ 228)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 202/night
($ 161 to $ 238)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 44/month
($ 41 to $ 45)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 100/month
($ 70 to $ 143)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 143/month
($ 77 to $ 226)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 58/month
($ 40 to $ 90)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 247/month
($ 149 to $ 372)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Kenya

On average, the price of supermarket food in Kenya costs 46% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.5/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 13)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 9)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 3.1)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 2.2)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 6.3)

62% 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 costs 9% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
($ 23 to $ 45)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.2/km
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.6
($ 2.2 to $ 5.3)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 55/24hrs
($ 39 to $ 89)

40% 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 53% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 60/month
($ 33 to $ 109)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 65/month
($ 38 to $ 107)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 354/month
($ 159 to $ 633)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 175/month
($ 107 to $ 317)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 836/month
($ 370 to $ 1265)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 425/month
($ 265 to $ 738)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 58/month
($ 33 to $ 107)

46% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 189/month
($ 107 to $ 527)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7489/yr
($ 3159 to $ 15790)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

Leisure activity budget in Kenya

On average, budget for leisure activities in Kenya costs 42% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 8.5/ticket
($ 6.3 to $ 10.5)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8.1/hr
($ 4.2 to $ 13)

49% 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 43% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 2.6)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 16 to $ 64)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 20 to $ 64)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 57
($ 28 to $ 107)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 51
($ 33 to $ 85)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
$ 913
(fair price: $ 820)
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
$ 752
(fair price: $ 613)
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
$ 719
(fair price: $ 631)
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
$ 649
(fair price: $ 572)
Los Angeles → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
$ 1081
(fair price: $ 970)
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
$ 1050
(fair price: $ 923)
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
$ 1481
(fair price: $ 1363)
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
$ 1554
(fair price: $ 1406)
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
$ 739
(fair price: $ 658)
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
$ 1522
(fair price: $ 1381)
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
$ 1057
(fair price: $ 906)

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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 10-09-2019.

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