Travel budget and cost of living in Tanzania how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Tanzania

Tanzania: calculate your travel budget

Tanzania: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 30 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 587* (1300698 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 4.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1673* (3710966 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 125 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 3092* (6857872 TZS)

* 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 Tanzania in 2019

Cost of living: Tanzania VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Tanzania in 2019 is 41% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Tanzania in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Tanzania by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Tanzania compared to the national average.

Cities /Tanzania View Details
Dar Es Salaam 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dar Es Salaam
Arusha 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Arusha
Mtwara 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mtwara
Morogoro 32% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Morogoro
Moshi 26% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Moshi
Dodoma 46% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dodoma

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Local prices in Tanzania by expense type

Restaurant budget in Tanzania

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Tanzania costs 62% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.1/person
($ 1.8 to $ 4.5)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 7.9 to $ 16)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.6 to $ 6.7)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.8/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Tanzania

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Tanzania costs 44% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 30/night
($ 29 to $ 33)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 51/night
($ 24 to $ 95)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 34 to $ 193)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 163/night
($ 98 to $ 253)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 346/night
($ 265 to $ 439)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 81/month
($ 21 to $ 298)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 101/month
($ 42 to $ 219)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 153/month
($ 67 to $ 274)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 66/month
($ 30 to $ 133)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Tanzania

On average, the price of supermarket food in Tanzania costs 52% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.5/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 16)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 6.9)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.2/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 6.3)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Tanzania

On average, the price of transport in Tanzania costs 29% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.2)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 8.1/month
($ 4.5 to $ 28)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.3/km
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.3
($ 1.3 to $ 2.3)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 52/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 122)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Tanzania

On average, the cost of housing in Tanzania costs 35% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 76/month
($ 38 to $ 226)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 61/month
($ 33 to $ 107)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 309/month
($ 136 to $ 507)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 286/month
($ 69 to $ 541)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 989/month
($ 451 to $ 1799)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 874/month
($ 451 to $ 1531)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 65/month
($ 41 to $ 159)

69% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 500/month
($ 226 to $ 1056)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12494/yr
($ 4592 to $ 27308)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Tanzania

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tanzania costs 25% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.5/ticket
($ 4.5 to $ 6.7)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 9 to $ 23)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Tanzania

On average, shopping budget in Tanzania costs 44% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.2/pack
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 33
($ 14 to $ 69)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 32
($ 16 to $ 46)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 45
($ 23 to $ 91)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 55
($ 33 to $ 91)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
$ 845
(fair price: $ 772)
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
$ 906
(fair price: $ 799)
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
$ 906
(fair price: $ 819)

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About the information on the cost of living in Tanzania

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

Information about cost of living in Tanzania updated on 18-03-2019.

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