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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Dakar?

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 Dakar 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.

Dakar

Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

Which city is cheaper, Dakar 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 Dakar is $54. 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 Dakar 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.

A hotel room in Dakar is about $58 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $40
    Dakar $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $80
    Dakar $58

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 Dakar can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 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
    Dakar $17

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 Dakar

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dakar:


  • Breakfast
    $4.53

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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Dakar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.74 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dakar.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Dakar $4.74

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

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

  • 3 Days, Mikumi National park safari, by private transfer: $600
  • 7 Day Safari To Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks + transfers: $2,974
  • Airport Transfers: $40
  • Airport Transfers To/from Dar Es Salaam City Center Or To/from Your Hotel: $85
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $190
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $196
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour.(private Guide And Transfer) 10 Hrs: $200
  • Dar es Salaam Airport to Dar es Salaam Private Transfer: $67
  • Dar es salaam Airport Transfer (Private & Group): $50
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer by luxury car.: $200
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer with comfortable car: $192
  • Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with Transfers.: $90

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $233
  • Dakar Airport to St Louis Private Transfer: $187
  • Departure Private Transfer to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $79

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

Prices for flights to both Dakar 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

Entertainment and activities in Dakar typically cost an average of $12 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Dakar $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 Reality Tour: $51
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $71
  • City Of Peace - Dar es Salam City Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $71
  • Shore Excursion - Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $74
  • Dar es Salaam City Walking tour - Explore the Life of the Local People!: $78
  • Dar es Salaam City Tour - Everyday: $87
  • 6-Hour Dar es Salaam Private Guided Cultural Tour with Lunch: $100
  • Dar es Salaam City Tour - Visit all attractive places: $100
  • Zanzibar Spice Tour: $109
  • Dar es Salaam City Tours: $125
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour ( Day Tour): $130
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $150

Tours and Activities in Dakar

Here are a few actual costs in Dakar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 12 Days Tour :Birdwatching in Senegal: $4,200
  • 14 Days 13 Nights Senegal Safari Tour: $3,522
  • 15 Days Tour :Birding around Senegal: $4,500
  • 3-day saint-Louis / Lompoul desert experience ( 2 nights): $765
  • 3Days 2Nights Dakar, Pink Lake, St louis, Lompoul Desert Experience: $981
  • 5 days and 4 nights tour of senegal: $1,200
  • 6 Days 5Nights Dakar, Pink Lake, Touba,Niokolo Koba, dindefello Falls Adventure: $1,189
  • A Fun tour of the vibrant and busy Dakar City: $205
  • Dakar CITY TOUR: $149
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $135
  • Dakar Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Dakar half Day tour: $349

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dakar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.94 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.80
    Dakar $7.94


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

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Dar es Salaam vs. Dakar Travel Comparison

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