Nairobi Prices & Travel Costs

Last Updated: Jan 2024

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.

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Travel Costs to Nairobi

Population 3,400,000
Area 3,400,000
Timezone UTC+3
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Airports Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$41.31
1 USD = 131.0000 KES
134 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2024

Accommodation Costs in Nairobi

Nairobi Hotel Seasons

Nairobi Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar18.32 - 38.17
starstarstarstarstar30.75 - 55.98
starstarstarstarstar39.43 - 55.19
starstarstarstarstar48.89 - 84.37
starstarstarstarstar110.39 - 182.94

Nairobi Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed10.88 - 13.99

Nairobi Attractions Prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Nairobi National ParkA 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
Children
84.96
48.55
Nairobi National MuseumDedicated to the history of Kenya
Adults
24.27
Solar Ice RinkLargest ice rink in Africa. Fees include skates for one hour.
Adults
Children
9.16
7.63
Karen Blixen MuseumThe home of the author of “Out of Africa” has been turned into a museum.
Adults
Children
9.16
4.58
David Sheldrick Wildlife TrustOrphaned elephants are nursed back to health and reintegrated back into the wild. Visitors welcome daily between 11 a.m. and noon only
Everyone
11.45

Nairobi Food and Drink Prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastThere are street vendors and small local cafes that cater to both local residents and tourists2.52 - 4.58
Budget lunchThere are street vendors and small local cafes that cater to both local residents and tourists3.97 - 6.87
Budget dinnerSmaller, local restaurants and bars are great options for a sit down dinner5.80 - 9.16
Beer .5LMost East African beer is sold in .5L bottles. Imported beer costs significantly more when available1.53 - 2.67
Soda and waterTap water isn’t safe to drink, but you can easily buy water and sodas at any small shop0.46 - 0.61

Nairobi Transport Prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center11.45 - 15.27
3 km taxi ride in Nairobi5.34 - 7.63
Matatu/bus ride in Nairobi0.08 - 0.31

Getting around Nairobi

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When to visit Nairobi

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January78512.3
February80522.0
March80543.6
April77569.5
May75547.5
June73501.5
July72490.7
August73480.9
September77501.2
October78522.4
November75555.9
December76534.2

Nairobi Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:37am6:43pm
21 Jun6:33am6:36pm
21 Sep6:23am6:29pm
21 Dec6:25am6:37pm

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