Nairobi travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Nairobi

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.2 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 862* (83818 KES)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 58 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 8.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2062* (200536 KES)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 43 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 4047* (393582 KES)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Nairobi compared to Kenya in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Nairobi in 2020 is 39% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Nairobi in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Nairobi by expense type

Restaurant budget in Nairobi

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Nairobi is 46% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.1/person
($ 3.1 to $ 13)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 10.4 to $ 22)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.4/person
($ 5.1 to $ 11)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.4 for 500ml
($ 1.9 to $ 3.6)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 4.3)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 4.2)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.6)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Nairobi

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Nairobi is 43% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 48 to $ 59)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 24 to $ 96)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 38 to $ 113)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 164/night
($ 94 to $ 268)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 229/night
($ 155 to $ 364)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 44/month
($ 36 to $ 51)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 83/month
($ 44 to $ 130)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 161/month
($ 70 to $ 299)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 64/month
($ 27 to $ 141)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 230/month
($ 98 to $ 455)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Nairobi

On average, the price of supermarket food in Nairobi is 42% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.4/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 20)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 10.5)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 4.2)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 8.2)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Nairobi

On average, the price of transport in Nairobi is 3% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 33/month
($ 24 to $ 64)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.6/km
($ 1.3 to $ 4.2)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.6
($ 2 to $ 5.1)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 61/24hrs
($ 29 to $ 138)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Nairobi

On average, the cost of housing in Nairobi is 53% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 53/month
($ 33 to $ 108)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
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
$ 64/month
($ 38 to $ 104)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 463/month
($ 261 to $ 935)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 205/month
($ 157 to $ 312)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 985/month
($ 623 to $ 1557)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 468/month
($ 364 to $ 1039)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 58/month
($ 27 to $ 104)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 228/month
($ 131 to $ 536)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 10360/yr
($ 5187 to $ 22819)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Leisure activity budget in Nairobi

On average, budget for leisure activities in Nairobi is 47% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 8.2/ticket
($ 6.2 to $ 10.4)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.4/hr
($ 5.1 to $ 11)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Nairobi

On average, shopping budget in Nairobi is 39% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.1/pack
($ 2 to $ 3.6)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 32
($ 16 to $ 54)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 10.4 to $ 65)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 69
($ 33 to $ 115)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 60
($ 33 to $ 104)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
New York City → Nairobi
$ 961
(fair price: $ 832)
Los Angeles → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
Los Angeles  → Nairobi
$ 1063
(fair price: $ 937)
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
Toronto (Ontario) → Nairobi
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 898)
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
London → Nairobi
$ 752
(fair price: $ 615)
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
Manchester → Nairobi
$ 719
(fair price: $ 624)
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
Sydney → Nairobi
$ 1526
(fair price: $ 1364)
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
Melbourne → Nairobi
$ 1468
(fair price: $ 1338)
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
Montreal → Nairobi
$ 1033
(fair price: $ 903)
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
Perth → Nairobi
$ 1517
(fair price: $ 1366)
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
Dublin → Nairobi
$ 649
(fair price: $ 569)
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
Edinburgh → Nairobi
$ 739
(fair price: $ 660)
Auckland → Nairobi
Auckland → Nairobi
Auckland → Nairobi
$ 1617
(fair price: $ 1464)

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About this information on the cost of living in Nairobi

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

The information about the cost of living in Nairobi was updated on 01-04-2020.

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