Should you visit Dakar or Accra?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Dakar or Accra, 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.
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.
Accra is the capital city of Ghana, located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Popular attractions include the National Museum of Ghana, local beaches, markets, and cultural landmarks like those dedicated to Civil Rights activist W.E.B. DuBois.
Which city is cheaper, Accra or Dakar?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Dakar is $53, while the average daily cost in Accra is $67. 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 Dakar and Accra in more detail.
A hotel room in Dakar is about $56 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
A hotel room in Accra is about $68 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
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.
Accra food costs typically run travelers around $17 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Dakar
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dakar:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Accra
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Accra.
Full-Day Authentic Ghanaian Cooking Class in Accra:
Local Food Tour In Ghana:
Accra Markets and Ghana Food Tour:
Private Authentic Ghanaian Cooking Class in Accra:
Home Cooking Class by Auntie K:
Market Tour, Cooking Class with Lunch:
The cost of a taxi ride in Dakar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.62 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dakar.
The average price of local transportation around Accra is $29 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:
Departure Private Transfer to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus:
Dakar Airport to St Louis Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Accra
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Accra:
Aburi Garden Tour And Transfer:
Aburi Gardens Transfers:
Airport & City Transfers:
Airport & City Transfers:
Arrival Transfer From Accra Airport To Hotel:
Historic Slave Walking Tour of Jamestown with Transfers:
Private Transfer from Accra City to Kotoka Airport Accra Ghana (ACC):
Private Transfer from Kotoka Airport Accra Ghana (ACC) to Accra city:
Is it cheaper to fly into Dakar or Accra?
Prices for flights to both Accra and Dakar 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 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.
Accra's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $6.01 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Dakar
Here are a few actual costs in Dakar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Dakar Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Private Half-Day Dakar City Tour: Layover tour:
Half-Day Dakar City Tour:
Dakar City Tour and Goree Island:
Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour:
Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour:
Half Day Private Tour at Bandia Animals Reserve:
Dakar CITY TOUR:
Full- Day Goree And Dakar City Tour:
A Fun tour of the vibrant and busy Dakar City:
Half Day Tour : Explore Goree island:
FULL-DAY SAFARI AND PINK LAKE TOUR (minimum 2 pax):
Tours and Activities in Accra
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Accra are as follows:
Quabus Accra City Tour:
Slave Forts of Accra Walking Tour:
Half-Day Old and New Accra Urban Experience Walking Tour:
Accra Architectural Discovery Walking Tour:
Makola Market Walking Tour:
Artistic Side of Industrious Guided Half-Day Tour:
Accra Markets Explorer Half-Day Tour:
Accra city tour:
Accra City Tours:
1 Day Accra City Tour:
Accra Sites Tour Expeditions:
Eco Village Adventure Cultural Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dakar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.74 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $8.62 on alcoholic beverages in Accra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dakar and Accra, we can see that Accra 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 Accra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Accra than you might in Dakar.