A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tehran vs. Zanzibar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tehran or Zanzibar?

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 Tehran and Zanzibar. 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: Tehran or Zanzibar?


The capital of Iran, Tehran is a cosmopolitan city with great museums, art galleries, parks, restaurants, and more. It is located in the northernmost part of Central Iran at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. Some of the most popular attractions include the Treasury of the National Jewels, Golestan Palace, and the Tajrish Bazaar.


Just off the coast of Tanzania lies an entrancing archipelago known as Zanzibar. This gorgeous string of islands is the land of sultans, palaces beaches and spice-filled markets. Once an important trading center, many restorations have been done in recent years to restore Zanzibar to its ancient grandeur - earning its capital city UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000.

Which place is cheaper, Zanzibar or Tehran?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tehran is $78, while the average daily cost in Zanzibar is $53. 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 Tehran and Zanzibar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tehran $62
    Zanzibar $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tehran $124
    Zanzibar $50
Compare Hotels in Tehran and Zanzibar

Looking for a hotel in Tehran or Zanzibar? 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 Tehran

Hotels in Zanzibar

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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: Zanzibar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tehran $0.39
    Zanzibar $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zanzibar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zanzibar:

  • Private VIP Ferry Tickets to Daressalam with two way transfers : $260
  • Prison Island: Private Half Day Trip With Hotel Transfer: $160
  • Zanzibar Sunset Dhow Cruise with Transfers.: $149
  • Private Return Transfer From Zanzibar Airport To Paje: $140
  • Off-Road Quad Bike Adventure with hotel transfer: $138
  • Arrival Private Transfer Zanzibar Airport ZNZ to Island by Luxury Car: $125
  • Departure Private Transfer from Island to Zanzibar Airport ZNZ by Luxury Sedan: $125
  • Zanzibar Airport Pick-up, Drop off & Transfer Services : $120
  • Zanzibar:Airport Arrival And Departure Private Transfer.: $110
  • Fishing Boat Tour with Transfer: $109
  • Blue Safari Tanzania Fascinating day Sea Trip With Transfer - Zanzibar: $105
  • Sunset Cruise - Magic of Zanzibar Sunset With Transfer - Zanzibar: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Tehran or Zanzibar?

Prices for flights to both Zanzibar and Tehran 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
    Tehran $14
    Zanzibar $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zanzibar

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

  • Half-Day Kuza Cave Swimming Adventure and Cooking Class: $13
  • Authentic Street Food Tours in Stone Town, Zanzibar: $40
  • Zanzibar Traditional Cooking Class: $49
  • Local Cooking Class with Spice Tour in Zanzibar: $52
  • Private Zanzibar Spices Tour with Traditional Swahili Cooking Lesson: $55
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class [Swahili food test ] and Spice farm Private tour: $59
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class & Spice Tour : $59
  • Walking Spice Farm with Local Cooking Class: $60
  • Spice Tour & Cooking Class in Zanzibar: $60
  • Zanzibar Spice farm and Cooking Class: $60
  • Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide: $65
  • Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson: $65

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tehran $4.59
    Zanzibar $13

Tours and Activities in Zanzibar

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

  • 4 hours Spice Tour in Tanzania: $80
  • City Tour in Zanzibar : $33
  • Fair Tourism In Paje: $27
  • Full Day Spice Tour, Prison Island and City Tours: $140
  • Half-Day Walking Tour in Zanzibar City's Spice Island: $63
  • Spice Farm & Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar: $87
  • Spice Tour & Mangapwani Cave Tour: $80
  • Stone City, Spice Farm and Prison Island Full Day Tour: $130
  • Stonetown Private Half-day Walking tour: $35
  • (Copy of) Jozani Forest Tours: $85
  • 2 Days Tour In Zanzibar: $180
  • 2 Hours Private Stone Town City Tour: $50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tehran -
    Zanzibar $7.04

Sample the Local Flavors in Zanzibar

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Zanzibar:

  • Thrilling Pub Crawl In Zanzibar. Visit 3 Unique Bars: $26
  • Pub Crawl & Club Experience: $30

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tehran and Zanzibar, we can see that Tehran is more expensive. And not only is Zanzibar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Tehran is in Middle East and Zanzibar is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Zanzibar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zanzibar 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 Tehran would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tehran than you might in Zanzibar.

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

Which is Bigger, Tehran or Zanzibar?

Tehran has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Zanzibar. When comparing the sizes of Tehran and Zanzibar, 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.