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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Nairobi?

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

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Nairobi?

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.

Nairobi

Nairobi is Kenya's capital as well as the country's largest city. With a population of about 3 million, it is also one of the largest cities in Africa. It is a prominent city both politically and financially within the region. There are many international companies that are located in Nairobi and the Nairobi Securities and Exchange is one of the largest in Africa.

Which city is cheaper, Nairobi 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 Nairobi is $53. 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 Nairobi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $40
    Nairobi $9.81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $80
    Nairobi $20
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi

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


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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 Nairobi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Nairobi $9.05

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: $192
  • Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro: $190
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Morogoro: $661
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Dar El Salaam: $83
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minivan: $29
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Minibus: $38
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport DAR by Business Car: $67
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport: $83
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Dar es Salaam Airport: $67
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minivan: $29
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Minibus: $38
  • Private Transfer from Dar es Salaam Airport DAR to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Car: $83

Typical Local Transportation prices in Nairobi

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $9.81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

Also for Nairobi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Masai Mara to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $1,061
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Masai Mara: $1,061
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Arusha: $977
  • 4 by 4 land cruiser and Jeep transfer to Maasai mara Hotels: $960
  • 4 X 4 Toyota Land-Cruiser Transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve from Nairobi: $750
  • Private transfer: Nairobi to Nairobi Airport (NBO): $622
  • Private transfer: Nairobi Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $622
  • Private Luxury car hire for transfer from Nairobi to Arusha: $333
  • 4 X 4 Land cruiser and Jeep transfer to Masai Mara hotels: $220
  • Transport from Nairobi transfer to Fairmont Mt Kenya safari Club: $187
  • Minivan Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $180
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi To Maasai Mara By Road: $125

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

Prices for flights to both Nairobi 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
    Nairobi $6.35

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 Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner for Two
    $5.31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi: $19
  • Cultural Tour:Bomas of Kenya and Dinner Experince Carnivore Restaurant: $40
  • Carnivore restaurant lunch or dinner from Nairobi: $45
  • Visit market tour and cooking class: kenyan food with a home cook: $50
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Kenyan Cooking Class in Nairobi with a Local: $61
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience: $65
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $65
  • Carnivore restaurant Dinner or lunch from Nairobi: $65
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class in Nairobi with a Local: $72
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Nairobi Nightlife Tour and Dinner: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Nairobi $39

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Nairobi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Nairobi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Village Visit
    $16

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • "08 Days Magical Drive in Kenya Family Adventure Safari": $4,410
  • "Ultimate Kenya Adventure 09 Days Safari": $5,077
  • 03 Days Lake Nakuru Masai Mara Adventure: $1,541
  • 04 Days Ol Pejeta Samburu Safari Experience: $1,421
  • 1 Day Amboseli Classic Safari Tour package,bruno safaris Kenya: $359
  • 1 Day Best Of Nairobi Tour Daily Morning / Afternoon With Free Pick up: $61
  • 1 Day Glimpse of Wildlife Nairobi Tour: $205
  • 1 Day Hell's Gate Bicycle Tour (minimum 2 Pax): $236
  • 1 Day Hells gate and Lake Naivasha Tour From Nairobi: $71
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure At Mt Longonot From Nairobi(minimum 2 Pax): $322
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure In Mt Longonot From Nairobi: $104
  • 1 Day Lake Naivasha and Hells Gate Small Group Day Tour With Boat Ride Day Trip: $144

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.76
    Nairobi $13


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

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