Sao Tome and Principe Travel Budget - Visit Sao Tome and Principe on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Sao Tome and Principe?

You should plan to spend around $223 (Db5,107) per day on your vacation in Sao Tome and Principe. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $61 (Db1,393) on meals
  • $49 (Db1,114) on local transportation
  • $228 (Db5,214) on hotels

A one week trip to Sao Tome and Principe for two people costs, on average, $3,125 (Db71,502). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $223
    Db5,107
  • One Week Per person
    $1,562
    Db35,751
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $3,125
    Db71,502
  • One Month Per person
    $6,696
    Db153,218
  • One Week For a couple
    $3,125
    Db71,502
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $6,249
    Db143,004
  • One Month For a couple
    $13,391
    Db306,437
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Sao Tome and Principe cost?

A one week trip to Sao Tome and Principe usually costs around $1,562 (Db35,751) for one person and $3,125 (Db71,502) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sao Tome and Principe on average costs around $3,125 (Db71,502) for one person and $6,249 (Db143,004) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Sao Tome and Principe will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sao Tome and Principe on average costs around $6,696 (Db153,218) for one person and $13,391 (Db306,437) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Sao Tome and Principe?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Sao Tome and Principe is $382 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Sao Tome and Principe expensive to visit?

Sao Tome and Principe is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Africa, Sao Tome and Principe is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, see Is Sao Tome and Principe Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Sao Tome and Principe?

The average Sao Tome and Principe trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Sao Tome and Principe travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) Db5,214 ($228)
Local Transportation 1 Db1,114 ($49)
Food 2 Db1,393 ($61)
Entertainment 1 Db829 ($36)
Alcohol 2 Db321 - 964 ($14 - 42)
Accommodation Budget in Sao Tome and Principe
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sao Tome and Principe is $114 (Db2,607). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sao Tome and Principe is $228 (Db5,214). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $114
    Db2,607
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $228
    Db5,214

Hotel Prices in Sao Tome and Principe

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sao Tome and Principe based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $110. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Sao Tome and Principe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Sao Tome and Principe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $49 (Db1,114) per person, per day, on local transportation in Sao Tome and Principe.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $49
    Db1,114


Food Budget in Sao Tome and Principe
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Sao Tome and Principe can vary, the average cost of food in Sao Tome and Principe is $61 (Db1,393) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sao Tome and Principe should cost around $24 (Db557) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Sao Tome and Principe is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $61
    Db1,393


Entertainment Budget in Sao Tome and Principe
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Sao Tome and Principe typically cost an average of $36 (Db829) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $36
    Db829

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Alcohol Budget in Sao Tome and Principe
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $28 (Db643) on alcoholic beverages in Sao Tome and Principe per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $28
    Db643


Last Updated: Jul 1, 2024
Sao Tome and Principe on a Budget
Sao Tome and Principe, a twin-island nation off the western coast of Central Africa, offers an enchanting blend of unspoiled natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Often overlooked by mainstream tourism, these islands are a hidden gem in the Gulf of Guinea, known for their lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and welcoming locals. The islands were once a major center of the global cocoa trade, and remnants of colonial plantations still dot the landscape, adding a historical depth to their natural allure. With a year-round tropical climate, Sao Tome and Principe is an ideal destination for travelers seeking tranquility, adventure, and a unique cultural experience.
Top Tourist Attractions
One of the most striking sights in Sao Tome is Pico Cao Grande, an impressive volcanic plug that rises dramatically from the rainforest. This towering pinnacle is a must-see for its sheer geological uniqueness and the panoramic views it offers from its base. Another iconic natural wonder is Lagoa Azul, a tranquil blue lagoon surrounded by lush greenery, perfect for a serene day of exploration and relaxation.

For history enthusiasts, the city of Sao Tome itself is a treasure trove of colonial architecture and historical landmarks. The Sao Sebastiao Museum, housed in a 16th-century fortress, provides a deep dive into the island’s past, from its early colonization to its role in the transatlantic slave trade and cocoa production. Another significant site is the Roça Agua Izé, a former plantation that offers a glimpse into the island's colonial agricultural heritage and the impact of the cocoa industry.

The Bom Bom Island Resort on Principe offers a combination of luxury and natural beauty. The resort’s private beaches are ideal for those looking to indulge in the pristine coastal scenery without the crowds. For a more immersive experience, the Obo National Park, which spans both islands, is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including several endemic species. Guided tours through the park’s dense forests provide an opportunity to witness this biodiversity up close.

Sao Tome and Principe offers a wealth of activities for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The islands' rich marine life makes them a prime destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters around Ilheu das Rolas, a small island off the southern tip of Sao Tome, are particularly renowned for their vibrant coral reefs and diverse aquatic species. Whale watching is also a popular activity, especially between July and September when humpback whales migrate through the area.

Hiking enthusiasts will find numerous trails that traverse the islands' rugged landscapes. The trek to Pico Sao Tome, the highest point on the islands, is challenging but rewarding, offering stunning views of the surrounding terrain. For a less strenuous but equally scenic hike, the trails through the Monte Cafe area pass through picturesque coffee plantations and lush tropical forests.

Bird watching is another highlight, with over 140 bird species recorded on the islands, including several that are endemic. The rainforests and coastal areas provide excellent opportunities to observe these birds in their natural habitats.

Popular Foods
The culinary scene in Sao Tome and Principe is a delightful blend of African, Portuguese, and tropical flavors. Fresh seafood is a staple, with dishes like grilled fish, octopus, and prawns featuring prominently on local menus. The islands are also known for their use of exotic fruits and spices, which add a unique twist to traditional recipes.

One of the best places to sample local cuisine is at the Mercado Municipal in Sao Tome city, where you can find a variety of street food and fresh produce. For a more formal dining experience, restaurants like Casa Almada Negreiros offer a sophisticated take on local dishes, often using ingredients sourced from nearby farms and the sea.

Chocolate lovers will be in heaven, as Sao Tome and Principe produce some of the world’s finest cocoa. Visiting a local plantation, such as Claudio Corallo's, allows you to learn about the chocolate-making process and taste artisanal chocolates made on-site.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.