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

Where Should I go: Dar es Salaam or Rabat?

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 $406, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $33. 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 Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dar es Salaam $383
    Rabat $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dar es Salaam $766
    Rabat $40
Compare Hotels in Dar es Salaam and Rabat

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


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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 Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dar es Salaam $12
    Rabat $1.58

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
    $3.27

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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dar es Salaam $16
    Rabat $9.27

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
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $55
  • Walking Food Tour: $55
  • 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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dar es Salaam -
    Rabat $2.13

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
  • From Fes or Meknes: Rabat Sightseeing Private Day Trip: $228
  • From Hiking and Kayaking Adventure at Dayet Erroumi: $163

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dar es Salaam $6.76
    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.


When is the best time to visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat in the Summer?

Both Rabat and Dar es Salaam are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Dar es Salaam because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Dar es Salaam usually receives more rain than Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Rabat. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam usually receives less sunshine than Rabat during summer. Dar es Salaam gets 224 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 315 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Dar es Salaam is around the same temperature as Rabat. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dar es Salaam in July are around 25°C (77°F), and Rabat is about 23°C (73°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (77°F) 
    Rabat 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat in the Autumn?

Both Rabat and Dar es Salaam during the autumn are popular places to visit. Dar es Salaam attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Dar es Salaam usually gets more rain in October than Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Rabat, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Dar es Salaam. In the autumn, Dar es Salaam often gets more sunshine than Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 234 hours of full sun.

In October, Dar es Salaam is generally a little warmer than Rabat. Temperatures in Dar es Salaam average around 25°C (78°F), and Rabat stays around 20°C (67°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dar es Salaam 25°C (78°F) 
    Rabat 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Dar es Salaam and Rabat. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dar es Salaam throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

In January, Dar es Salaam usually receives around the same amount of rain as Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.

In Dar es Salaam, it's very sunny this time of the year. Dar es Salaam usually receives more sunshine than Rabat during winter. Dar es Salaam gets 236 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 182 hours of full sun in the winter.

Dar es Salaam is much warmer than Rabat in the winter. The temperature in Dar es Salaam is usually 28°C (82°F) in January, and Rabat stays around 13°C (56°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dar es Salaam 28°C (82°F) 
    Rabat 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Dar es Salaam or Rabat in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Dar es Salaam as well as Rabat. Plenty of visitors come to Dar es Salaam because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Dar es Salaam receives a lot of rain in the spring. Dar es Salaam usually gets more rain in April than Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 269 mm (10.6 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Rabat. In the spring, Dar es Salaam often gets less sunshine than Rabat. Dar es Salaam gets 155 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 255 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Dar es Salaam is much warmer than Rabat. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dar es Salaam in April are around 27°C (81°F), and Rabat is about 16°C (60°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dar es Salaam 27°C (81°F) 
    Rabat 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Rabat and Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Rabat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (56°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 52 mm (2 in) 14°C (57°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 269 mm (10.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 25°C (78°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 16°C (62°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 102 mm (4 in)


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