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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa?

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 Addis Ababa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa?

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.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Addis Ababa 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 $468, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $68. 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 Addis Ababa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $442
    Addis Ababa $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $884
    Addis Ababa $88
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa

Looking for a hotel in Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa? 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 Addis Ababa


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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 Addis Ababa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $14
    Addis Ababa $7.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

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

  • Private VIP Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with two way transfers : $250
  • Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro: $203
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour.(private Guide And Transfer) 10 Hrs: $200
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer by luxury car.: $200
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer with comfortable car: $192
  • Transfer/Airport pick up and drop off: $192
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs : $190
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car: $167
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport by luxury car: $167
  • Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with Transfers.: $120
  • Luxury Coach - Dar Es Salaam Airport Transfer to the City Centre/Out ( 22 max): $113
  • Airport Transfers: $100

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Transfer Services Addis Abeba Airport : $23
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $20
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $19

Is it cheaper to fly into Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa?

Prices for flights to both Addis Ababa 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
    Addis Ababa $18

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:

  • Experience Tanzania Culture and Local Food Cooking: $75
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class in Morogoro including Hotel Transfers: $98
  • Private Swahili Cooking Class: $115
  • Swahili food Cooking Experience: $150

Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.12

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:

  • Half Day Food Tour Addis Ababa With Airport pickUp And Drop-Off: $59
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $62
  • City Tour, Food Tour, Shopping in mercato: $72
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Culinary Class and Food Tour in Addis Ababa : $82
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $120
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Ababa City Tour: $140
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Addis Ababa $8.12

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

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

  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour (Full Day With Private Guide And Car): $150
  • 2 Days 1 Night Bagamoyo Historical Tour : $300
  • 3-Day Mikumi Safari Adventure: $645
  • 4-Day Gombe Chimpanzee Trekking tour.: $1,600
  • Ancient Bagamoyo City Day Tour: $200
  • Bagamoyo Heritage Adventure: Private Full-Day Cultural Tour: $248
  • Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday: $187
  • Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday: $199
  • Bagamoyo Historical tour - Full Day. (Ivory and Slaves Trade) : $280
  • Bird Watching Tour to Tegetero Forest 2days 1 night: $205
  • City Tour in Dar es salaam, Tanzania: $140
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $150

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Ababa City Tours Full-Day Tours : $113
  • Airport Layover Tour | Addis highlights, National Palace, Coffee Ceremony: $200
  • “Addis Ababa City Tours”: $75
  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $180
  • 2 Days Awash National Park Safari Tours: $280
  • 2 Days Private Tour in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $211
  • 3 Day Private Meskel Festival, Addis Ababa City and Debre Libanos Monastery Tour: $300
  • 3 Days Meskel Festival Package-Addis Ababa City Tour/Debre Libanos Monastery: $256
  • 9 Days Omo Valley and Danakil Danakil Depression tour: $3,902
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $180
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience : $105
  • Addis Ababa Authentic Private City Tour: $75

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $7.80
    Addis Ababa $6.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • Locally crafted beer and wine tasting and nightlife in Addis tour: $65
  • The Pub Crawl Royale: A Battle of the Best Drinks: $65


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa, we can see that Dar es Salaam is more expensive. And not only is Addis Ababa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Addis Ababa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Addis Ababa 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 Addis Ababa.

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 Addis Ababa Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Dar es Salaam or Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 2% larger than the population of Dar es Salaam. When comparing the sizes of Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa, 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.