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 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.

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 $63, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $70. 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 Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $80 in Dar es Salaam For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $40
    Addis Ababa $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $80
    Addis Ababa $90

Food

The price of a meal in Dar es Salaam can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.40 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 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $16
    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:

  • 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
    $0.16

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

Local Transportation

To get around in Dar es Salaam, the average visitor spends $12 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.

To get around in Addis Ababa, the average visitor spends $8.12 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Addis Ababa $8.12

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
    $0.68

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.





Entertainment

In Addis Ababa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $8.38 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Addis Ababa $8.38

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

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dar es Salaam, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.80.

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 $6.92.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.80
    Addis Ababa $6.92


When comparing the travel costs between Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa, we can see that Addis Ababa is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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