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.
  • $ 5.1 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 589* (1263640 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 9 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 1816* (3899014 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 124 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 3135* (6731214 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 39% 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 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Arusha
Mtwara 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mtwara
Morogoro 27% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Morogoro
Moshi 20% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Moshi
Dodoma 44% 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
$ 2.7/person
($ 1.9 to $ 5.4)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8.1 to $ 17)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.6/person
($ 3.7 to $ 6.9)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

79% 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 38% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 29 to $ 33)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 69/night
($ 24 to $ 183)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 34 to $ 187)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 162/night
($ 97 to $ 254)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 343/night
($ 262 to $ 438)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 75/month
($ 21 to $ 265)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 100/month
($ 42 to $ 214)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 152/month
($ 67 to $ 275)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 64/month
($ 30 to $ 127)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 198/month
($ 106 to $ 372)

13% 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 52% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

28% 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: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.3/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.8/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 17)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.4/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 7.2)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.2/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 6.6)

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 28% 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
$ 8.4/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)

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

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.3
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
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 32% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 79/month
($ 39 to $ 234)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 69/month
($ 36 to $ 108)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 302/month
($ 94 to $ 697)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 290/month
($ 71 to $ 559)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 977/month
($ 465 to $ 1860)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 848/month
($ 373 to $ 1584)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 66/month
($ 41 to $ 162)

72% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 478/month
($ 234 to $ 1072)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9450/yr
($ 3719 to $ 16268)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Tanzania

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tanzania costs 17% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.7/ticket
($ 4.7 to $ 6.9)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 17 to $ 24)

29% 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
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 35
($ 20 to $ 71)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 30
($ 17 to $ 44)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 44
($ 24 to $ 59)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 52
($ 34 to $ 85)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
$ 837
(fair price: $ 745)
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
$ 892
(fair price: $ 792)
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
$ 898
(fair price: $ 803)
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
$ 1363
(fair price: $ 1246)

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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 21-05-2019.

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