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:

$ 594* (1278340 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 79 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1827* (3932236 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 127 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 3171* (6823782 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 essentially the same as in 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
Mtwara 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mtwara
Dar Es Salaam 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dar Es Salaam
Arusha 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Arusha
Moshi 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Moshi
Mwanza 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mwanza
Morogoro 19% 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

Restaurant budget in Tanzania

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Tanzania costs 62% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.4/person
($ 1.7 to $ 5.4)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8.2 to $ 17)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 3.7 to $ 7)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

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

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Tanzania

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Tanzania costs 40% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 30 to $ 35)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 65/night
($ 24 to $ 161)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 93/night
($ 36 to $ 260)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 161/night
($ 96 to $ 253)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 345/night
($ 263 to $ 443)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 63/month
($ 22 to $ 202)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 100/month
($ 44 to $ 213)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 153/month
($ 65 to $ 303)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 58/month
($ 33 to $ 102)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 189/month
($ 101 to $ 360)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Tanzania

On average, the price of supermarket food in Tanzania costs 51% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.9)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.2/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 13)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 7.3)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.4)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

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

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

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

63% 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
$ 8.5/month
($ 4.7 to $ 29)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.4
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 52/24hrs
($ 32 to $ 145)

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 43% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 66/month
($ 39 to $ 95)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
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
$ 67/month
($ 36 to $ 109)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 280/month
($ 141 to $ 527)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1382
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 292/month
($ 95 to $ 563)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1096
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 858/month
($ 422 to $ 1618)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2243
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 765/month
($ 282 to $ 1596)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1756
Gym
Gym
$ 59/month
($ 41 to $ 81)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 451/month
($ 235 to $ 1079)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 961
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7857/yr
($ 3236 to $ 14983)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17191

Leisure activity budget in Tanzania

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tanzania costs 34% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.7/ticket
($ 4.7 to $ 5.6)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 4.7 to $ 24)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Tanzania

On average, shopping budget in Tanzania costs 42% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 34
($ 20 to $ 71)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 17 to $ 48)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 49
($ 24 to $ 71)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 55
($ 34 to $ 85)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
$ 809
(fair price: $ 697)
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
$ 710
(fair price: $ 631)
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
$ 874
(fair price: $ 758)
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
$ 783
(fair price: $ 678)
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1020
(fair price: $ 922)
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
$ 884
(fair price: $ 776)
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
$ 639
(fair price: $ 549)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1194
(fair price: $ 1038)
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
$ 1371
(fair price: $ 1243)
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
$ 922
(fair price: $ 802)
Los Angeles → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1363
(fair price: $ 1181)
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
$ 829
(fair price: $ 707)

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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 31-10-2019.

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