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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Kampala?

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

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Kampala?

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.

Kampala

Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.

Which city is cheaper, Kampala 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 Kampala is $56. 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 Kampala in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $383
    Kampala $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $766
    Kampala $94
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Kampala

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


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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 Kampala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Kampala $2.00

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Kampala

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kampala are as follows:


  • Taxi around town
    $4.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • Private Transfer from Kampala to Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda: $146

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

Prices for flights to both Kampala 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
    Kampala $6.74

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 Kampala

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


  • Lunch for 2
    $1.60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

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

  • Cooking class for typical Ugandan food: $31
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Host: $47
  • Cooking Class With a Local (Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe - 4 Hours): $56
  • Kampala City Walking Food Tour: $77
  • Night-time Boda Boda Street Food Tour: $91
  • Fishing Village Food Tour & Luwombo Stop: $102
  • Amazing Race - Food Tour: $103
  • Kampala cooking tour: $133
  • Half-day Kampala City Tour and Traditional Dance Show with Dinner (7-Hours): $147
  • Kampala food tour: $205

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Kampala -

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
  • City Tour: $77
  • 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

Tours and Activities in Kampala

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

  • 08 days Classic Uganda Primate Tour: $3,528
  • 1 Day Art Tour: $80
  • 1 Day Greater Kampala City Tour: $308
  • 1 Day Jinja and Source of the Nile Tour: $308
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour: $232
  • 1 Day Kampala City Boda Boda (motocycle) Tour: $100
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour with Zumba and Salsa: $218
  • 1 Day Kampala city tour: $144
  • 1 Day Kampala city tour: $130
  • 1 Day Uganda Equator Tour.: $188

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.76
    Kampala -

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Pub Crawl Kampala (6 Hours): $20
  • Kampala Pub Crawl: $60


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

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