Dakar travel budget

Dakar: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Dakar

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 49 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.3 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 950* (521416 F CFA)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 73 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2137* (1173508 F CFA)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 19 per person

Total budget:

$ 3691* (2027214 F CFA)

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


Cost of living in Dakar compared to Senegal in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Dakar in 2020 is 36% 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 Dakar in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Dakar by expense type

Restaurant budget in Dakar

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Dakar is 45% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.5/person
($ 1.8 to $ 9.1)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 20/person
($ 15 to $ 33)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 7.3 to $ 11)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 3.7)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.2 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1 to $ 5.5)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 2.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Dakar

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Dakar is 40% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 53 to $ 53)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 64/night
($ 40 to $ 90)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 82/night
($ 51 to $ 114)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 145/night
($ 85 to $ 208)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 286/night
($ 230 to $ 358)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 51/month
($ 47 to $ 53)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 83/month
($ 47 to $ 146)

51% 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
$ 143/month
($ 83 to $ 216)

13% 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
$ 79/month
($ 45 to $ 125)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 224/month
($ 90 to $ 464)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Dakar

On average, the price of supermarket food in Dakar is 32% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

103% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 16/kg
( $ 16)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.5/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 8.4)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 2.9)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.1/kg
($ 4.5 to $ 13)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Dakar

On average, the price of transport in Dakar is 25% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 28/month
( $ 28)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 1.8 to $ 1.8)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

43% 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)
$ 1.8
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 44/24hrs
($ 16 to $ 112)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Dakar

On average, the cost of housing in Dakar is 27% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 125/month
($ 78 to $ 229)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

134% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 58/month
($ 55 to $ 365)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 652/month
($ 365 to $ 912)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1487
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 278/month
($ 183 to $ 821)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1189
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1832/month
($ 1003 to $ 4108)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2412
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 722/month
($ 320 to $ 1277)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1890
Gym
Gym
$ 53/month
($ 28 to $ 93)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 159/month
($ 93 to $ 274)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1034
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4033/yr
($ 2733 to $ 4810)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18156

Leisure activity budget in Dakar

On average, budget for leisure activities in Dakar is 38% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.1/ticket
($ 4.5 to $ 9.1)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.1/hr
( $ 9.1)

46% 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 Dakar

On average, shopping budget in Dakar is 48% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.3/pack
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 44
($ 9.1 to $ 73)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 22
($ 15 to $ 28)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 63
($ 28 to $ 138)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 32
($ 20 to $ 47)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

London → Dakar
London → Dakar
London → Dakar
$ 617
(fair price: $ 543)
New York City → Dakar
New York City → Dakar
New York City → Dakar
$ 1187
(fair price: $ 992)
Manchester → Dakar
Manchester → Dakar
Manchester → Dakar
$ 691
(fair price: $ 580)
Montreal → Dakar
Montreal → Dakar
Montreal → Dakar
$ 1183
(fair price: $ 999)
Dublin → Dakar
Dublin → Dakar
Dublin → Dakar
$ 543
(fair price: $ 449)

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About this information on the cost of living in Dakar

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

The information about the cost of living in Dakar was updated on 28-05-2020.

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