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

Should you visit Soweto or Dakar?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Soweto and Dakar. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Soweto or Dakar?


The name Soweto is an acronym for South Western Townships, first used in 1963 to describe the groups of townships to the south west of Johannesburg. It is a city of contrasts, featuring anything from tin shanties to luxurious mansions, and is probably best known for being the home of two Nobel Prize winners.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Cape Town, The Best 2-Week Tours from Cape Town, The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal.

Which place is cheaper, Dakar or Soweto?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Soweto is $61, 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 Soweto and Dakar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Soweto $31
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Soweto $62
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Soweto and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Soweto 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 Soweto

Hotels in Dakar

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Soweto $12
    Dakar $5.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • 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): $204
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $204
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Palmarin/Ndangane (two directions): $174
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $82
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Saly (One way): $66
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $120
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $209
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Soweto or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar and Soweto 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
    Soweto $20
    Dakar $19

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.
    Soweto $16
    Dakar $13

Tours and Activities in Soweto

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

  • Johannesburg: Soweto Half-Day Tour: $58
  • Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch: $69
  • Johannesburg: Soweto Night Tour: $95

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: $289
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $162
  • Pink Lake and Turtle Village Half-Day Tour: $200
  • Private City Tour: $108
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $159
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $137
  • From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour: $245
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $109
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Soweto $8.10
    Dakar $8.92

When comparing the travel costs between Soweto and Dakar, we can see that Soweto is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Soweto or Dakar?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 46% larger than the population of Soweto. When comparing the sizes of Soweto 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.