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 city 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 $406, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $58. 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. 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 $383
    Addis Ababa $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $766
    Addis Ababa $74
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 $12
    Addis Ababa $6.72

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

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

  • 7 Day Safari To Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks + transfers: $2,974
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Morogoro: $661
  • 3 Days, Mikumi National park safari, by private transfer: $600
  • 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 City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $196
  • Transfer/Airport pick up and drop off: $192
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer with comfortable car: $192
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $190
  • Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro: $190
  • Luxury Coach - Dar Es Salaam Airport Transfer to the City Centre/Out ( 22 max): $100
  • Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with Transfers.: $90

Typical Local Transportation prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

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

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 $16
    Addis Ababa $15

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:

  • Zanzibar Luxury Cooking Class: Departure from Michamvi Zanzibar: $150

Typical Food prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.13

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Addis Ababa $6.94

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

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

  • 10 Days Mikumi Ruaha Selous Experience: $4,538
  • 10 Days Southern Comfort Tour: $4,523
  • 10-Day Nature Wildlife Experience Safari with Boat Trip: $3,300
  • 11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam: $2,186
  • 11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam: $1,974
  • 2 Day Wildlife Experience and Masai Culture Mikumi Park: $500
  • 2 Days 1 Night Bagamoyo Historical Tour: $300
  • 2 Days Mikumi Wildlife Experience: $554
  • 2 Days Tour Saadani National Park: $500
  • 2 Days guided tour to Mikumi National Park from Dar Es salaam: $596
  • 22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam: $4,238
  • 22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls, Kruger Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam: $3,014

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $150
  • 10 Days Ethiopia Tour Package (Including North and South): $3,550
  • 10 Days in Northern Ethiopia Tours: $3,520
  • 11-Day Bird Watching Tour from Addis Ababa: $3,558
  • 11-Day Historic Tour through Northern Ethiopia from Addis Ababa: $2,431
  • 13 Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia: $3,333
  • 14 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour Package (Danakil, Gondar, Axum and More): $2,800
  • 14-days Northern Ethiopia Tours: $5,744
  • 16 days tour to Historic, diverse landscapes and tribes of Ethiopia: $4,595
  • 2 Days Adventure in Awash National Park, Ethiopia: $433
  • 2 Days Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Tour from Addis Ababa: $615
  • 2 Days Nature Tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park: $572

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.76
    Addis Ababa $5.73


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.

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