Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Antsiranana?
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 Antsiranana 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.
Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.
Which city is cheaper, Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana is $83. 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 Antsiranana in more detail.
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 Antsiranana can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $80.
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 Antsiranana can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Dar es Salaam $16
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:
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Antsiranana than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $13 on transportation in Antsiranana on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam
Also for Dar es Salaam, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer/Airport pick up and drop off:
Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro:
Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Morogoro:
Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Dar El Salaam:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minivan:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minibus:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Business Car:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minivan:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minibus:
Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car:
Is it cheaper to fly into Dar es Salaam or Antsiranana?
Prices for flights to both Antsiranana 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Antsiranana, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $17 per day, per person.
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:
10 Days Southern Comfort Tour:
10-Day Nature Wildlife Experience Safari with Boat Trip:
11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam:
11-Day Highlights of Tanzania Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam:
2 Day Wildlife Experience and Masai Culture Mikumi Park:
2 Days 1 Night Bagamoyo Historical Tour:
2 Days Mikumi Wildlife Experience:
2 Days Tour Saadani National Park:
2 Days guided tour to Mikumi National Park from Dar Es salaam:
22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls Accommodated Tour from Dar es Salaam:
22-Day Zanzibar, Vic Falls, Kruger Adventure Camping Tour from Dar es Salaam:
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.
Typically, people visiting Antsiranana spend on average $9.25 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dar es Salaam and Antsiranana, we can see that Antsiranana is more expensive. And not only is Dar es Salaam much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dar es Salaam would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dar es Salaam 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 Antsiranana would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Antsiranana than you might in Dar es Salaam.
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