Nairobi prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$42.72

100 KES = 0.97 USD

Nairobi hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
23.27 - 48.47
53.56 - 106.28
51.01 - 187.89
127.53 - 212.55
173.44 - 267.82

Nairobi hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
16.21 - 17.00

Hotel seasons

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Hotel prices in Nairobi don’t change with the seasons regardless of the tourist industry. The city is full of hotels of all budget ranges, and comfort levels though, so it isn’t hard to find a hotel once you arrive. Taxi drivers aren’t always very helpful and want to at least know which area of the city you would like to stay in before suggesting accommodation options. It’s best to have some general ideas before arriving in the city.

Nairobi is one of the largest cities in Africa and is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. The mix of old and new buildings can be quite a stunning contrast. As one of the main flight entry points to East Africa, it’s worth considering a few days in the city to visit some of the attractions and experience Nairobi’s culture. However, it’s important to note that Nairobi is significantly more expensive than other East African cities.

Nairobi395

There are a range of hotels available and it’s smart to check out a few before deciding when possible as the quality can vary greatly within the same price range.

Transport options are limited to local buses (called matatus), taxis or car hires. Matatus are overcrowded and have some of the worst safety ratings in the world. Many embassies in the city advise their people to avoid them at all costs. If you do decide to use matatus, keep your belongings on your lap or you will likely be missing some items quite quickly. Taxis don’t have meters so be sure to arrange the cost before beginning your trip. Many hotels will arrange a “reliable” taxi for you, but guaranteed, the price they give you will be higher than if you find your own taxi on the street. Traffic within Nairobi can be atrocious at certain times of day so be sure to give yourself lots of time to travel between destinations.

Nairobi has every conceivable food option available. With a large Ethiopian population, some of the tastiest and cheapest eats you can get are Ethiopian in origin. There are also many street stalls, small restaurants and bars that will serve up local dishes for reasonable prices. Most won’t have menus so just ask what they are serving today.

Safety must be considered in Nairobi. Don’t walk or take public buses after dusk. Don’t flash your valuables in plain sight. And don’t fall for the scam artists standing on street corners who offer you a city tour for an extremely low price. As long as you practice normal safety measures, you should be able to enjoy all that Nairobi has to offer.

Nairobi attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Nairobi National Park A wildlife park within the city limits with over 100 types of mammals including lions, giraffe and rhino. Price includes Entry Fee only and does not include transportation which you need to arrange before heading to the park Adults 43.63
Children 21.81
Nairobi National Museum Dedicated to the history of Kenya Adults 19.39
Children 9.69
Solar Ice Rink Largest ice rink in Africa. Fees include skates for one hour Adults 6.79
Children 4.85
Karen Blixen Museum The home of the author of “Out of Africa” has been turned into a museum Adults 19.39
Children 9.69
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphaned elephants are nursed back to health and reintegrated back into the wild. Visitors welcome daily between 11 a.m. and noon only Everyone 4.85

Nairobi transportation prices USD

  Price
Taxi from airport to city center 14.54 - 19.39
Public bus from airport to city center 0.48
3 km taxi ride in Nairobi 6.79 - 9.69
Matatu/bus ride in Nairobi 0.10 - 0.39

Nairobi food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast There are street vendors and small local cafes that cater to both local residents and tourists 2.13 - 4.85
Budget lunch There are street vendors and small local cafes that cater to both local residents and tourists 3.39 - 7.27
Budget dinner Smaller, local restaurants and bars are great options for a sit down dinner 4.85 - 7.76
Beer .5L Most East African beer is sold in .5L bottles. Imported beer costs significantly more when available 1.26 - 3.39
Soda and water Tap water isn’t safe to drink, but you can easily buy water and sodas at any small shop 0.48 - 0.68

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Nairobi facts

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Population 3,400,000
Metro area 3,400,000
Time zone UTC+3
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Airports Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

Avg temps & precip

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weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

The best time to visit Nairobi is normally June through to September. During this period, there is little, if any, rain and temperatures are comfortably warm. Avoiding the long rains which run from March to May will help you to steer clear of flooding in the city and difficulties traveling away from Nairobi. The short rains run from October to December and aren’t the ideal time to visit, but are much easier to travel in than the long rains.

Sunrise and sunset

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