A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Addis Ababa vs. Dakar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Dakar?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Addis Ababa or Dakar, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

Dakar

Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

Which city is cheaper, Dakar or Addis Ababa?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Addis Ababa is $69, while the average daily cost in Dakar is $54. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Addis Ababa and Dakar in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Addis Ababa can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $45, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $90.

A hotel room in Dakar is about $58 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $45
    Dakar $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $90
    Dakar $58

Food

The price of a meal in Addis Ababa can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The price of a meal in Dakar can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Addis Ababa $18
    Dakar $17
Typical Food prices in Addis Ababa

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Addis Ababa:


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

For Addis Ababa, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traditional Ethiopian cooking class in Addis Ababa: $61
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $65
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $77
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $90
  • HALF-DAY + dinner Addis Ababa: $95
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Abeba city tour: $97
  • Ethiopian Unique Culinary Food Tours: $98
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Food Tour, Addis Ababa and Lalibela: $124
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $129

Typical Food prices in Dakar

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dakar:


  • Breakfast
    $4.54

Local Transportation

To get around in Addis Ababa, the average visitor spends $8.04 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

The cost of a taxi ride in Dakar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.74 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dakar.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.04
    Dakar $4.74
Typical Local Transportation prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

Also for Addis Ababa, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $77
  • Bole International Airport to Addis Ababa City Transfer: $51
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $32
  • Private Transfer from Addis Ababa to Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD): $124
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $124
  • Private arrival and departure Transfer: $45
  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $622
  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa Airport (ADD): $622

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $233
  • Dakar Airport to St Louis Private Transfer: $187
  • Departure Private Transfer to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $79

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar and Addis Ababa change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

In Addis Ababa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $8.30 per person, per day.

Entertainment and activities in Dakar typically cost an average of $12 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.30
    Dakar $12

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Addis Ababa.

  • Hiking to Yeka | Stopover Tour: 8687' , semi-monolithic rock-hewn church: $31
  • Arba Minch Walking Tour: $32
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $36
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $36
  • Barok tour Ethiopia @aa: $40
  • Walking Tour of Addis Abeba - Discover Addis the Authentic way: $41
  • Addis Ababa City Tours: $43
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa: $47
  • Historical Tour: $50
  • Addis Ababa City Tour: $50
  • Impress Addis City Tours: $50
  • City tour of Addis, Transit in Addis by car: $51

Tours and Activities in Dakar

Here are a few actual costs in Dakar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 12 Days Tour :Birdwatching in Senegal: $4,200
  • 14 Days 13 Nights Senegal Safari Tour: $3,522
  • 15 Days Tour :Birding around Senegal: $4,500
  • 3-day saint-Louis / Lompoul desert experience ( 2 nights): $765
  • 3Days 2Nights Dakar, Pink Lake, St louis, Lompoul Desert Experience: $981
  • 5 days and 4 nights tour of senegal: $1,200
  • 6 Days 5Nights Dakar, Pink Lake, Touba,Niokolo Koba, dindefello Falls Adventure: $1,189
  • A Fun tour of the vibrant and busy Dakar City: $205
  • Dakar CITY TOUR: $149
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $135
  • Dakar Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Dakar half Day tour: $349

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Addis Ababa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.86.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dakar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.95 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.86
    Dakar $7.95


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Addis Ababa and Dakar, we can see that Addis Ababa is more expensive. And not only is Dakar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dakar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dakar and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Addis Ababa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Addis Ababa than you might in Dakar.

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Addis Ababa vs. Dakar Travel Comparison

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