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

Should you visit Johannesburg or Dakar?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Johannesburg and Dakar can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Johannesburg or Dakar?


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.


Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

Which place is cheaper, Dakar or Johannesburg?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Johannesburg is $93, while the average daily cost in Dakar is $61. 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 Johannesburg and Dakar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Johannesburg $53
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Johannesburg $106
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Johannesburg and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Johannesburg or Dakar? 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 Johannesburg

Hotels in Dakar

Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.

Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Johannesburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Johannesburg $16
    Dakar $5.37
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:

  • Transfers Between Lanseria Airport And Johannesburg : $43
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Arrival & Departure JNB - Airport Transfers: $64
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg - Airport Transfer: $34
  • Airport Transfers Johannesburg : $46
  • Airport Transfers Johannesburg-Pretoria-Sandton: $48
  • Airport Transfers from Cradle of Humankind Muldesdrift to Jo'burg: $141
  • Apartheid Museum Private Transfers: $34
  • Arrival Private Transfer JNB Airport to Johannesburg, Pretoria or SunCity by Van: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Business Car: $65
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Van: $76
  • Comfort Private Airport Transfer: OR Tambo Airport (JNB): $37
  • Departure Private Transfer Johanesburg Pretoria or SunCity to JNB Airport by Van: $73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Dakar hotels to Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $50
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Saly Zone (two directions): $61
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Saly (One way): $66
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $72
  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Round-Trp Private Transfer: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer Dakar Airport DSS to Dakar by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $80
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $80
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $121
  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $199

Is it cheaper to fly into Johannesburg or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar and Johannesburg 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
    Johannesburg $16
    Dakar $20

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: $39
  • Taste of Africa Food Tour: $44
  • 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: $96
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $208

Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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

  • Breakfast

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dakar

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

  • Senegalese Street Food Tour in Dakar: $105

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Johannesburg $21
    Dakar $14

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Johannesburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Jo'burg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Apartheid Museum & Soweto: $16
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Optional Soweto Tour: $16
  • JoburgPlaces Welcome Joburg Walking Tour: $17
  • Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour: $23
  • Maboneng Street Art & Culture Tour: $23
  • Braamfontein: Arts & Culture Tour w/local Guide!: $26
  • Ponte Experience: $27
  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide: $29
  • Colours of A Graffiti & Street Art Tour: $29
  • Johannesburg's Art Gallery Hoping & Street Art Experience (Meet the Artist): $29
  • Johannesburg Street Art & Museum Walking or E-scooter Tour : $29

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Accro Baobab Adventure Ticket Entry: $39
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $88
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Private City Tour: $110
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree island (from 3 people): $132
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $139
  • Half Day Tour : Explore Goree island: $140
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour : $142

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Johannesburg $4.61
    Dakar $9.01

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: $8.00
  • Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $12
  • Private Johannesburg Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $110
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $227

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Johannesburg and Dakar, we can see that Johannesburg is more expensive. And not only is Dakar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dakar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dakar 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 Johannesburg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Johannesburg than you might in Dakar.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Johannesburg Expensive? and Is Dakar Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Johannesburg or Dakar?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 22% larger than the population of Johannesburg. When comparing the sizes of Johannesburg and Dakar, 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.