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

Should you visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat?

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 Rabat 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.

Rabat

While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which city is cheaper, Rabat 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 Rabat is $40. 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 Rabat 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.

Travelers usually pay around $50 for a double occupancy room in Rabat If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $40
    Rabat $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $80
    Rabat $50

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.

In Rabat travelers spend around $11 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $16
    Rabat $11

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $25
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $50
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Rabat than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $1.89 on transportation in Rabat on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Rabat $1.89

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dar es Salaam

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

  • 7 Day Safari To Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha National Parks + transfers: $2,974
  • Private Transfer from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR) to Morogoro: $661
  • 3 Days, Mikumi National park safari, by private transfer: $600
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour.(private Guide And Transfer) 10 Hrs: $200
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer by luxury car.: $200
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $196
  • Transfer/Airport pick up and drop off: $192
  • Dar es salaam-Morogoro-Dar es salaam transfer with comfortable car: $192
  • Dar Es Salaam City Tour. All Must See Things (private Guide And Transfer) 9 Hrs: $190
  • Transfer from dar es salaam to morogoro: $190
  • Luxury Coach - Dar Es Salaam Airport Transfer to the City Centre/Out ( 22 max): $100
  • Ferry Tickets to Zanzibar with Transfers.: $90

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:


  • Taxi to Sale
    $3.93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private transfer: Rabat Airport (RBA) to Rabat: $622
  • Private transfer: Rabat to Rabat Airport (RBA): $622
  • Rabat to Agadir airport transfer: $524
  • Rabat to Chefchaouen: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $379
  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Tanger-Ibn Batouta (TNG) Airport: $352
  • Transfer Rabat to Agadir: $328
  • Private Transfer from Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) to Casablanca: $252
  • Transfer Rabat to Essaouira: $234
  • Airport transfer from Rabat to Agadir: $230
  • Transfer Rabat to Marrakech: $208
  • Transfer Private From Rabat to Fes: $207
  • Transfer Private From Rabat to Tangier: $190

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

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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

Sightseeing expenses in Rabat, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $2.56 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Rabat $2.56

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

Tours and Activities in Rabat

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rabat.

  • 3 DAYS PRIVATE TOUR FROM RABAT TO SAHARA DESERT OF MERZOUGA and Marrakech: $847
  • 3 Days Tour From Rabat To Sahara Desert Of Merzouga: $846
  • 4 Day 3 Nights Morocco Family Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert with kids: $1,156
  • 4 Day Authentic Morocco Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert: $1,145
  • 4 Day Best of Morocco Tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Fes and Desert: $1,120
  • 4 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Rabat (Tour Finishes in Marrakech): $1,082
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Casablanca Tour: $750
  • 7 days tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Sahara desert: $2,538
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat: $149
  • Luxury Desert Tour from Rabat to Merzouga and Marrakech for 4 Days 3 Nights: $1,953

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.80
    Rabat -


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

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