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:

  • $ 27 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.4 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 547* (1243494 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 61 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 4.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1578* (3589250 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 119 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 8.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 3035* (6904436 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 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mtwara
Moshi 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Moshi
Dodoma 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dodoma
Arusha 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Arusha
Dar Es Salaam 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dar Es Salaam
Mwanza 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mwanza

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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 60% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.1/person
($ 1.3 to $ 6.6)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 8.8 to $ 23)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6/person
($ 4.9 to $ 9.2)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.2 to $ 1.3)

67% 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 $ 0.8)

77% 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 46% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 33/night
($ 30 to $ 36)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 26 to $ 84)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 38 to $ 133)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 163/night
($ 97 to $ 256)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 355/night
($ 271 to $ 452)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 30/month
($ 23 to $ 39)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 94/month
($ 45 to $ 171)

44% 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
$ 141/month
($ 66 to $ 253)

14% 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
$ 55/month
($ 32 to $ 96)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 189/month
($ 101 to $ 323)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Tanzania: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Tanzania costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 2.6)

52% 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 $ 1.3)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.8/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 34)

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

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.4)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 2.6)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 11)

68% 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 28% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.2/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

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
($ 4.4 to $ 7.9)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.3/km
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.2
($ 1.3 to $ 4.4)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
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 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 70/month
($ 39 to $ 110)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 64/month
($ 45 to $ 110)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 294/month
($ 155 to $ 529)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1391
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 290/month
($ 110 to $ 613)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1112
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 771/month
($ 409 to $ 1531)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2230
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 661/month
($ 392 to $ 1100)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1762
Gym
Gym
$ 59/month
($ 41 to $ 89)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 458/month
($ 155 to $ 1021)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 964
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4948/yr
($ 3062 to $ 10205)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16769

Tanzania: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Tanzania costs 43% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.4/ticket
($ 4.4 to $ 6.6)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 4.4 to $ 23)

22% 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 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.6/pack
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 24
($ 14 to $ 36)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 34
($ 14 to $ 67)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 59
($ 32 to $ 133)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 55
($ 32 to $ 81)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 100

Plane ticket budget

London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
London → Zanzibar
$ 788
(fair price: $ 703)
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
$ 688
(fair price: $ 617)
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
Manchester → Zanzibar
$ 854
(fair price: $ 748)
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
Manchester → Dar Es Salaam
$ 737
(fair price: $ 646)
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
Dublin → Zanzibar
$ 856
(fair price: $ 765)
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
New York City → Dar Es Salaam
$ 978
(fair price: $ 866)
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
$ 640
(fair price: $ 554)
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
$ 814
(fair price: $ 721)
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
New York City → Zanzibar
$ 1316
(fair price: $ 1173)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1216
(fair price: $ 1047)
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
Edinburgh → Zanzibar
$ 901
(fair price: $ 806)
Los Angeles → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1246
(fair price: $ 1069)
Toronto (Ontario) → Zanzibar
Toronto (Ontario) → Zanzibar
Toronto (Ontario) → Zanzibar
$ 1529
(fair price: $ 1322)
Los Angeles → Zanzibar
Los Angeles  → Zanzibar
Los Angeles  → Zanzibar
$ 1660
(fair price: $ 1487)
Sydney → Zanzibar
Sydney → Zanzibar
Sydney → Zanzibar
$ 1804
(fair price: $ 1620)
Sydney → Dar Es Salaam
Sydney → Dar Es Salaam
Sydney → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1743
(fair price: $ 1573)
Montreal → Zanzibar
Montreal → Zanzibar
Montreal → Zanzibar
$ 1702
(fair price: $ 1536)
Melbourne → Zanzibar
Melbourne → Zanzibar
Melbourne → Zanzibar
$ 1861
(fair price: $ 1686)
Montreal → Dar Es Salaam
Montreal → Dar Es Salaam
Montreal → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1400
(fair price: $ 1132)
Melbourne → Dar Es Salaam
Melbourne → Dar Es Salaam
Melbourne → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1695
(fair price: $ 1520)
Perth → Dar Es Salaam
Perth → Dar Es Salaam
Perth → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1629
(fair price: $ 1445)
Perth → Zanzibar
Perth → Zanzibar
Perth → Zanzibar
$ 1610
(fair price: $ 1433)

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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 23-09-2020.

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