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:

  • $ 32 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 603* (1294524 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 86 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1927* (4140654 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 130 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 3209* (6896890 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 2020

Cost of living: Tanzania VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Tanzania in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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
Mtwara 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mtwara
Dar Es Salaam 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dar Es Salaam
Arusha 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Arusha
Moshi 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Moshi
Mwanza 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mwanza
Morogoro 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Morogoro
Dodoma 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dodoma

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Local prices in Tanzania by expense type

Tanzania: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Tanzania costs 62% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.4/person
($ 1.4 to $ 4.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 9.3 to $ 17)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 3.7 to $ 6.9)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Tanzania: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Tanzania costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 34/night
($ 30 to $ 36)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 73/night
($ 24 to $ 183)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 36 to $ 302)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 161/night
($ 96 to $ 254)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 261
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 349/night
($ 265 to $ 449)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 504
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 59/month
($ 22 to $ 182)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 101/month
($ 44 to $ 214)

40% 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
$ 152/month
($ 65 to $ 302)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 57/month
($ 33 to $ 101)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 188/month
($ 102 to $ 349)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Tanzania: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Tanzania costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

34% 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)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.7)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.8/kg
($ 5.6 to $ 13)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.7/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 7.2)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.7)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.5/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 6.6)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Tanzania: Public and private transport budget

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

92% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 6.6/month
($ 4.7 to $ 8.4)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

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

36% 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)
$ 2.4
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 52/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 145)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Tanzania: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Tanzania costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 69/month
($ 39 to $ 140)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 64/month
($ 36 to $ 108)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 322/month
($ 140 to $ 695)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 311/month
($ 118 to $ 559)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1113
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 850/month
($ 428 to $ 1396)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2249
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 778/month
($ 415 to $ 1163)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1767
Gym
Gym
$ 61/month
($ 41 to $ 118)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 400/month
($ 162 to $ 1069)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6833/yr
($ 3720 to $ 10677)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17212

Tanzania: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tanzania costs 37% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.7/ticket
($ 4.7 to $ 6.9)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 15/hr
($ 4.7 to $ 24)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Tanzania: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Tanzania costs 43% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 34
($ 20 to $ 71)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 17 to $ 47)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 51
($ 34 to $ 71)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 53
($ 24 to $ 85)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
$ 809
(fair price: $ 703)
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
$ 710
(fair price: $ 636)
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
$ 874
(fair price: $ 765)
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
$ 783
(fair price: $ 682)
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1020
(fair price: $ 913)
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
$ 884
(fair price: $ 769)
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
$ 639
(fair price: $ 551)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1194
(fair price: $ 1032)
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
$ 1371
(fair price: $ 1235)
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
$ 922
(fair price: $ 799)
Los Angeles → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1363
(fair price: $ 1169)
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
$ 829
(fair price: $ 717)

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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 17-01-2020.

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