Dar Es Salaam travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Dar Es Salaam

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Dar Es Salaam for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 34 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 3.7 per person
  • $ 1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 599* (1254036 TZS)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 108 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 9 per person
  • $ 5.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2232* (4672822 TZS)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 135 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3293* (6893628 TZS)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Dar Es Salaam compared to Tanzania in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Dar Es Salaam in 2020 is 39% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Dar Es Salaam in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Dar Es Salaam by expense type

Restaurant budget in Dar Es Salaam

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Dar Es Salaam is 65% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.4/person
($ 1 to $ 3.2)

91% 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
($ 9.4 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
($ 5.1 to $ 5.6)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.8 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 2.4)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Dar Es Salaam

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Dar Es Salaam is 41% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 34/night
($ 34 to $ 34)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 27 to $ 55)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 175/night
($ 33 to $ 844)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 146/night
($ 95 to $ 237)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 286/night
($ 265 to $ 308)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 36/month
($ 33 to $ 40)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 120/month
($ 51 to $ 279)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 140/month
($ 52 to $ 357)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 51/month
($ 27 to $ 87)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 194/month
($ 100 to $ 413)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Dar Es Salaam

On average, the price of supermarket food in Dar Es Salaam is 50% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.5/12 eggs
($ 2.3 to $ 2.9)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8.5/kg
($ 7.5 to $ 9.4)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 7.3)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 3.3)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.2/salad
( $ 0.2)

86% 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 $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 4.7/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 6.6)

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

Public and private transport budget in Dar Es Salaam

On average, the price of transport in Dar Es Salaam is 34% cheaper 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): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 4.7/month
( $ 4.7)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.1)

32% 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)
$ 2.3
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 45/24hrs
($ 33 to $ 100)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Dar Es Salaam

On average, the cost of housing in Dar Es Salaam is 22% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 85/month
($ 48 to $ 236)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 79/month
($ 48 to $ 119)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 421/month
($ 217 to $ 701)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 403/month
($ 163 to $ 751)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1138/month
($ 754 to $ 1616)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1045/month
($ 539 to $ 1597)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 72/month
($ 44 to $ 163)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 656/month
($ 163 to $ 1407)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7460/yr
($ 3230 to $ 15000)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in Dar Es Salaam

On average, budget for leisure activities in Dar Es Salaam is 18% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.6/ticket
($ 4.7 to $ 7)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 12 to $ 24)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Dar Es Salaam

On average, shopping budget in Dar Es Salaam is 42% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.7/pack
($ 1.7 to $ 1.8)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 36
($ 20 to $ 95)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 17 to $ 48)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 45
($ 24 to $ 71)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 55
($ 24 to $ 85)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
London → Dar Es Salaam
$ 710
(fair price: $ 637)
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: $ 909)
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
Dublin → Dar Es Salaam
$ 639
(fair price: $ 553)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
Toronto (Ontario) → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1194
(fair price: $ 1034)
Los Angeles → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
Los Angeles  → Dar Es Salaam
$ 1363
(fair price: $ 1161)
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
Edinburgh → Dar Es Salaam
$ 829
(fair price: $ 719)

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About this information on the cost of living in Dar Es Salaam

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

The information about the cost of living in Dar Es Salaam was updated on 13-02-2020.

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