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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg?

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 Johannesburg can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg?

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.


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.

Which place is cheaper, Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg is $93. 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 Johannesburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $442
    Johannesburg $53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $884
    Johannesburg $106
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg

Looking for a hotel in Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg? 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 Johannesburg

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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 Johannesburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $14
    Johannesburg $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

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

  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam city to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minivan: $17
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam city by minivan: $17
  • Dar es salaam Airport Transfer (Private & Group): $50
  • Airport Transfer from JNIA Airport to Hotels in Dar essalaam: $55
  • Airport to Hotel Transfer: $59
  • Private Airport Transfers in Dar : $60
  • Dar es Salaam Airport: Arrivals & Departures Transfer: $62
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Dar El Salaam: $74
  • Private Transfer from Dar El Salaam to Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR): $74
  • Airport Transfers To/from Dar Es Salaam City Center Or To/from Your Hotel: $85
  • Airport Transfers: $100
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Business Car: $100

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Johannesburg:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg Hotel and Aiport to Madikwe: $288
  • Johannesburg Airport (JNB): Transfer to Pretoria hotels: $279
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Johannesburg Airport to Mpumalanga: $275
  • OR Tambo to Sun City Transfer : $229
  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg To Pilanesberg: $205
  • Johannesburg Airport (JNB): Transfer to Johannesburg hotels: $195
  • Private Land Rover transfer to Sun City from Johannesburg and PTA: $191
  • Executive Airport Transfers - OR Tambo to Sandton : $175
  • Transfers Between OR Tambo and Pilanesburg : $172
  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport (JNB) to Pretoria hotels: $165
  • Private Transfer, Airports to Cradle of Humankind & Muldersdrift : $143
  • Airport Transfers from Cradle of Humankind Muldesdrift to Jo'burg: $143

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

Prices for flights to both Johannesburg 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 Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $18
    Johannesburg $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:

  • 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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Johannesburg.

  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $40
  • Taste of Africa Food Tour: $45
  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • A Private Traditional Cape Malay Cooking Class, with a MKR Finalist: $95
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $97
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $212

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Johannesburg $21

Tours and Activities in Dar es Salaam

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

  • Private Insightful City Tour of Dar es Salaam: $30
  • Dar es salaam City Tour : $38
  • City Walking Tour And Street Food Tasting.: $41
  • City Historical Walking Tour And Street Food.: $41
  • Dar Es Salaam:Shore Excursion Tour And Street Food Tasting.: $47
  • Dar es salaam Reality Tour: $51
  • Dar es salaam Fish Market Adventure: $65
  • Shore Excursion - Dar Es Salaam City Tour: $74
  • City Tour: $77
  • The Best/Top Rated Cultural City Tour in Dar es Salaam : $85
  • Stone Town & Spice Tour: $90
  • Half Day Dar es salaam Markets and Village Museum Tour: $90

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Johannesburg are as follows:

  • Half-Day Safari Tour of the Magaliesberg Mountains by Zipline: $119
  • Political prison museum,Constitutional court and Soweto tour : $73
  • Private Tour to Soweto, Mandela House, Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum: $59
  • Rhino and Lion Park Safari Tour : $94
  • Soweto half day tour including Mandela House: $57
  • 10 Days Overland Tour-Johannesburg and Cape Town: $2,647
  • 15 Days Johannesburg, Kruger National Park – Cape Town Tour: $3,971
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Panorama Tour & Kruger National park Safari: $1,085
  • 4-Day Private Tour Johannesburg and Pretoria - See everything in 4 days : $210
  • 4-Days Overnight Experience in The Panorama Route & Safari: $1,700
  • 5 Days -Johannesburg Tour with Kruger 3 Days Safari: $1,615
  • 6 Days Johannesburg and Kruger National Park Tour: $1,588

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $7.80
    Johannesburg $4.61

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Johannesburg:

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $8.08
  • Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $12
  • Private Johannesburg Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $112
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $227

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

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 Johannesburg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Dar es Salaam or Johannesburg?

Dar es Salaam has a larger population, and is about 33% larger than the population of Johannesburg. When comparing the sizes of Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg, 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.