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

Should you visit Nairobi 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 Nairobi 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: Nairobi or Dakar?

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.

Dakar

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 Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $49, 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 Nairobi and Dakar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $9.23
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $18
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi 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 Nairobi


Hotels in Dakar


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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: Nairobi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $8.52
    Dakar $5.37
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nairobi

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

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

  • Airport Transfer (one Way): $75
  • Airport Transfer from Nairobi to Naiavsha: $145
  • Airport Transfer in Nairobi- JKIA: $35
  • Airport Transfers In Nairobi City: $67
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $20
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $20
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $47
  • Airport Transfers within Nairobi: $30
  • Airport VIP Transfers - Nairobi Hotels : $55
  • Airport and Hotels Transfers: $40
  • Airport transfer; NBO to nairobi hotels: $27
  • Airport transfers: $180

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $199
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $265
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $80
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $206
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $206
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Saly Zone (two directions): $61
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Palmarin/Ndangane (two directions): $221
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $72
  • Dakar hotels to Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Saly (One way): $66
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $121

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar and Nairobi 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
    Nairobi $5.98
    Dakar $20
Typical Food Prices in Nairobi

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $4.00

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: $21
  • Carnivore experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Nairobi:Carnivore Restaurant Dinner and Pub Crawling.: $47
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $54
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75

Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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


  • Breakfast
    $4.11

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
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $37
    Dakar $14
Typical Entertainment Prices in Nairobi

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


  • Village Visit
    $12

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

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

  • Kibera Slum Walking Tour with Children's Home Visit: $15
  • Ebike adventure Hire Nairobi (Electric mountain bike hire): $15
  • Kibera Chocolate City Tour: $17
  • Nairobi cultural shopping experience: $18
  • Nairobi City Walking and Historic Tours: $19
  • Private Historical Walking Tour in Innercity Nairobi: $20
  • Souvenir Crafts, Fabric Shopping & Nairobi City Tour : $20
  • Half-Day Tour Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: $20
  • Nairobi Slums:Giving Back to the Community & Donation Tours.: $22
  • Elephant orphanage, Giraffe center, kobe beads tour: $24
  • Guided Nairobi tour- Museum,City Market to KICC rooftop: $24
  • Nairobi City Tour: $25

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • 2-day tour Lac rose- desert of Lompoul: $292
  • Accro Baobab Adventure Ticket Entry: $39
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $162
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree island (from 3 people): $132
  • Private City Tour: $110
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $160
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $139
  • From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour: $313
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $88

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $12
    Dakar $9.01


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nairobi and Dakar, we can see that Dakar 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 Dakar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dakar than you might in Nairobi.

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


Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Dakar?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 11% larger than the population of Dakar. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi 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.