A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dar es Salaam vs. Accra for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Accra?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dar es Salaam and Accra can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Accra?

Dar es Salaam

Having grown from a fishing village, Dar es Salaam is now a major city and commercial port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. While it is mainly used as a stopping point on the way to Zanzibar, it has a few unique treasures of its own such as the Kariakoo Market, National Museum, and the open-air Village Museum.

Accra

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Tanzania, The Best Safaris in Tanzania, The Best Adventure Tours to Ghana, and The Best Safaris in Ghana.


Which place is cheaper, Accra or Dar es Salaam?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dar es Salaam is $460, while the average daily cost in Accra is $38. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Dar es Salaam and Accra in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $434
    Accra $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $868
    Accra $38
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Accra

Looking for a hotel in Dar es Salaam or Accra? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Dar es Salaam


Hotels in Accra


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Dar es Salaam Hotel Prices and Accra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $13
    Accra $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

Also for Dar es Salaam, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Airport Transfer from JNIA Airport to Hotels in Dar essalaam: $55
  • Private Transfer from Dar El Salaam to Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR): $73
  • Dar es Salaam Airport Transfer: $75
  • Sunset Cruise - Magic of Zanzibar Sunset With Transfer - Zanzibar: $100
  • Luxury Coach - Dar Es Salaam Airport Transfer to the City Centre/Out ( 22 max): $113
  • Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with Transfers.: $120
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car: $167
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour.(private Guide And Transfer) 10 Hrs: $200
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer by luxury car.: $200

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Accra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Accra:

  • Kotoka Airport Exclusive Wheelchair Accessible Transfers!: $130
  • Historic Slave Walking Tour of Jamestown with Transfers: $127
  • Kotoka Airport Exclusive Wheelchair Accessible Transfers!: $115
  • Private Transfer from Kotoka Airport Accra Ghana (ACC) to Accra city: $108
  • Arrival Transfer From Accra Airport To Hotel: $100
  • Accra Airport Hotel City Transfers: $58

Is it cheaper to fly into Dar es Salaam or Accra?

Prices for flights to both Accra and Dar es Salaam 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $18
    Accra $9.47

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dar es Salaam

For Dar es Salaam, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Swahili Cooking Class: $115
  • Swahili food Cooking Experience: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Accra

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Accra.

  • Private Ghanaian Cuisine Cooking Class: $40
  • Local Ghanaian Cooking Class in Accra to help support wellness community center: $45
  • Cooking Class: $75
  • Flavors of Ghana: Food Tour Experience.: $78
  • Home Cooking Class by Auntie K: $89
  • Cooking Class with Auntie KK in Osu: $89
  • Accra Street Food Tour: Makola Market Tour With Full Lunch: $93
  • Ghanaian Cooking Class Authentic Tour: $100
  • Private Crescendo Foods Cooking Class Experience in Accra: $116
  • Savor & Learn: Authentic Ghanaian Cooking Experience: $128
  • Ghanaian Local Foods Cooking Class: $216
  • Food Tour in Accra: $271

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Accra $3.39

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dar es Salaam.

  • Private Insightful City Tour of Dar es Salaam: $25
  • City Historical Walking Tour And Street Food.: $40
  • City Walking Tour And Street Food Tasting.: $40
  • Dar Es Salaam:Shore Excursion Tour And Street Food Tasting.: $46
  • Dar es salaam City Tour & Storytelling: $72
  • Spice tour & Stone Town Zanzibar secrets with Lunch - Zanzibar: $75
  • City Tour: $77
  • Dar es salaam full City tour , unforgettable memory: $77
  • Tanzania Private Swahili culture experience: $80
  • The Best/Top Rated Cultural City Tour in Dar es Salaam : $85
  • Dar es Salaam City Tour Tanzania : $89
  • Stone Town & Spice Tour: $90

Tours and Activities in Accra

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Accra are as follows:

  • 1 Day Accra City Tour: $71
  • Accra City Tour: $161
  • Accra E-waste and Recycling experience in Agbogbloshie: $100
  • Accra Private Surfing Experience with Pick Up: $250
  • Accra Zoo, Canopy Walk and Botanical Gardens Private Tour: $145
  • Cape Coast Elmina Kakum Park Private Day Tour: $165
  • 3 Days Special Tour of Ghana: $950
  • 6 Hours Cape Coast Tour: $210
  • 6-Day Electric Enchantment-Off the grid Tour: $1,650
  • 7 Hours Cape Coast Tour From Accra: $174
  • A Day tour to the Cape Coast Castle and Kakum National Pack: $180
  • A Tour to Boti Falls: $130

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $7.66
    Accra $4.86


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dar es Salaam and Accra, we can see that Dar es Salaam is more expensive. And not only is Accra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Accra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Accra 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 Dar es Salaam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dar es Salaam than you might in Accra.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Dar es Salaam Expensive? and Is Accra Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Dar es Salaam or Accra?

Dar es Salaam has a larger population, and is about 37% larger than the population of Accra. When comparing the sizes of Dar es Salaam and Accra, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Dar es Salaam or Accra?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Accra in the Summer?

Both Accra and Dar es Salaam during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Dar es Salaam because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Accra year-round.

Dar es Salaam usually gets less rain in July than Accra. Dar es Salaam gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Accra receives 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the summer, Dar es Salaam is around the same temperature as Accra. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dar es Salaam in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Accra averages at about 25°C (77°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (77°F) 
    Accra 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Accra in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Dar es Salaam and Accra. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Dar es Salaam year-round. Accra attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Dar es Salaam usually receives more rain than Accra. Dar es Salaam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Accra receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

In October, Dar es Salaam is generally around the same temperature as Accra. Daily temperatures in Dar es Salaam average around 25°C (78°F), and Accra fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (78°F) 
    Accra 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Accra in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Dar es Salaam as well as Accra. Dar es Salaam attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Accra throughout the year.

Dar es Salaam usually gets more rain in January than Accra. Dar es Salaam gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Accra receives 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

Dar es Salaam is around the same temperature as Accra in the winter. The daily temperature in Dar es Salaam averages around 28°C (82°F) in January, and Accra fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dar es Salaam 28°C (82°F) 
    Accra 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Accra in the Spring?

Both Accra and Dar es Salaam are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Dar es Salaam throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Accra because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Accra. It's quite rainy in Dar es Salaam. In April, Dar es Salaam usually receives more rain than Accra. Dar es Salaam gets 269 mm (10.6 in) of rain, while Accra receives 117 mm (4.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In the spring, Dar es Salaam is around the same temperature as Accra. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dar es Salaam in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Accra averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dar es Salaam 27°C (81°F) 
    Accra 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Accra and Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Accra
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 52 mm (2 in) 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 269 mm (10.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (79°F) 281 mm (11.1 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 25°C (78°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)