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Dakar, Region de Dakar, Senegal

How much does it cost to travel to Dakar?

You should plan to spend around $61 (CFA37,328) per day on your vacation in Dakar. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (CFA11,966) on meals
  • $5.37 (CFA3,269) on local transportation
  • $65 (CFA39,478) on hotels

A one week trip to Dakar for two people costs, on average, $859 (CFA522,596). 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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Dakar cost?

A one week trip to Dakar usually costs around $430 (CFA261,298) for one person and $859 (CFA522,596) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Dakar on average costs around $859 (CFA522,596) for one person and $1,718 (CFA1,045,192) 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 Dakar will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Dakar on average costs around $1,841 (CFA1,119,848) for one person and $3,682 (CFA2,239,697) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Dakar 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 Dakar expensive to visit?

Dakar is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Senegal, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Dakar is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Tangier or Soweto.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Dakar Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Dakar?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CFA39,478 ($65)
Local Transportation 1 CFA3,269 ($5)
Food 2 CFA11,966 ($20)
Entertainment 1 CFA8,286 ($14)
Tips and Handouts 1 CFA735 - 2,206 ($1 - 4)
Alcohol 2 CFA2,740 - 8,220 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Dakar
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Dakar is $32 (CFA19,739). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Dakar is $65 (CFA39,478). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Dakar

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Transportation Budget in Dakar
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Dakar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.37 (CFA3,269) per person, per day, on local transportation in Dakar.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Dakar
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Dakar can vary, the average cost of food in Dakar is $20 (CFA11,966) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dakar should cost around $7.87 (CFA4,786) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dakar is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Dakar?

Typical prices for Food in Dakar are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Dakar, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Breakfast

Entertainment Budget in Dakar
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  • Entertainment and activities in Dakar typically cost an average of $14 (CFA8,286) 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.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Dakar
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Dakar is $2.42 (CFA1,471) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Dakar is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Dakar
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  • The average person spends about $9.01 (CFA5,480) on alcoholic beverages in Dakar per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Dakar
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  • On average, people spend $1.45 (CFA882) on bottled water in Dakar per day. The public water in Dakar is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Dakar On a Budget
Dakar 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.
A few of Dakar's major landmarks include buildings such as the Grand Mosque (built in 1964) and Dakar Cathedral, as well as Africa's tallest statue-the 160-foot-tall bronze African Renaissance Monument, which depicts a young woman, man, and a child pointing out to sea raised in the man's left arm. The IFAN Museum of African Arts (or the l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire) is also popular, housing some of the most important collections of ancient artifacts from Francophone Africa, as well as serving as a prime location during the Dakar Biennale to promote contemporary African artists.

Goree Island is another interesting location to visit, known as a minor location used for the transport of slaves headed to the Americas. The island showcases colonial architecture, mostly in ruins, including a landmark "House of Slaves" museum that features educational and moving exhibits. Ferries leave from Place de l'Independence several times per day for a 20-minute ride between Dakar and Goree.

Other attractions include clifftop walks and beaches, as well as the Parc Forestier et Zoologique de Hann (Senegal's zoo). The gardens here feature a wide variety of Senegalese plant life and the zoo contains over 180 animal species.
Dakar is divided into four arrondissements, or districts, which are further divided into nineteen communes d'arrondissement. The four districts are Almadies, Grand Dakar, Parcelles Assainies (the most populous arrondissement of Dakar), and Plateau/Goree (downtown Dakar). The commune d'arrondissement of Dakar-Plateau in the arrondissement of Plateau/Goree is the historical heart of the city, while the densest and most populous commune d'arrondissement is Medina in the arrondissement of Plateau/Goree. Plateau is a hub for visitors and locals alike with plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, and nightlife. It is also home to markets, such as Marche Sandaga, which covers a large part of the downtown area and houses hundreds of street vendors and stalls selling fish, produce, clothing (traditional and Western), shoes, prayer mats and beads, household supplies, electronics, and much more. Most of Dakar's Western-style hotels are located either in this downtown area or in the beachfront neighborhoods of Les Almadies and Ngor.

The Corniche Ouest route is a nice walk or ride that hugs the coast and offers nice views of the water. It goes past a few beaches and the Grand Mosque before ending up downtown.

For a short trip just outside of the main city, visit Lake Retba, also known as "Pink Lake." It is located about 30 kilometers northeast of Dakar, iconic for its striking pink color created by high-salt algae. The color is especially vivid during the dry season (from November to June).
Food and Dining
Throughout Senegal, the cuisine reflects North African, French, and Portuguese influence as well as that of the nation's many ethnic groups. The country's location on the Atlantic coast makes fish in particular very important to Senegalese cooking, especially with Dakar as a port city. Chicken, lamb, and beef are also used, but pork is not due to the nation's largely Muslim population. Peanuts, the primary crop of Senegal, as well as couscous, white rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas, and various vegetables are also incorporated into many recipes. Meats and vegetables are typically stewed or marinated in herbs and spices, and then poured over rice or couscous, or eaten with bread. One of the most popular meals, known as the national dish of Senegal, is Thieboudienne, which consists of fish that has been marinated with parsley, lemon, garlic, onions (and other herbs), and then later cooked with tomato paste and a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, and carrots, to be served with rice. It resembles Spanish paella. Other common ingredients include bissap, ginger, buy (fruit of the baobab tree), and mango.

Dakar is a major West African hub, so there are plenty of flights coming from and going to Europe, North America, and other African cities. Blaise Diagne International Airport is the primary airport serving the city, and is located about 50 kilometers from the city center. Transportation from the airport is mainly available via bus or taxi, though there are plans as of January 2018 to construct a railway between Dakar and the airport.

Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport is located within the city itself, though it is much smaller and thus has fewer options as far as flights go.

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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.