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Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania

How much does it cost to travel to Dar es Salaam?

You should plan to spend around $475 (TZS1,182,212) per day on your vacation in Dar es Salaam. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $19 (TZS46,464) on meals
  • $14 (TZS34,359) on local transportation
  • $897 (TZS2,230,686) on hotels

A one week trip to Dar es Salaam for two people costs, on average, $6,653 (TZS16,550,968). 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 Dar es Salaam cost?

A one week trip to Dar es Salaam usually costs around $3,327 (TZS8,275,484) for one person and $6,653 (TZS16,550,968) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Dar es Salaam on average costs around $6,653 (TZS16,550,968) for one person and $13,307 (TZS33,101,937) 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 Dar es Salaam will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Dar es Salaam on average costs around $14,257 (TZS35,466,361) for one person and $28,515 (TZS70,932,721) 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 Dar es Salaam 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 Dar es Salaam expensive to visit?

Dar es Salaam is a somewhat more expensive place to visit. Located in Tanzania, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will need to plan for the extra expenses of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. When visiting, expect to pay somewhat higher prices for accommodation, food, and activities.

Within Africa, Dar es Salaam is a very expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Africa for its travel costs. There are only a few cities as expensive as Dar es Salaam in the region, such as Arusha.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Dar es Salaam?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) TZS2,230,686 ($897)
Local Transportation 1 TZS34,359 ($14)
Food 2 TZS46,464 ($19)
Tips and Handouts 1 TZS6,250 - 18,750 ($3 - 8)
Alcohol 2 TZS9,844 - 29,531 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Dar es Salaam is $448 (TZS1,115,343). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Dar es Salaam is $897 (TZS2,230,686). 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 Dar es Salaam

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Dar es Salaam based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $48. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Dar es Salaam is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (TZS34,359) per person, per day, on local transportation in Dar es Salaam.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Dar es Salaam
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Food Budget in Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Dar es Salaam can vary, the average cost of food in Dar es Salaam is $19 (TZS46,464) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dar es Salaam should cost around $7.47 (TZS18,586) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dar es Salaam is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Tips and Handouts Budget in Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Dar es Salaam is $5.03 (TZS12,500) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Dar es Salaam is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.91 (TZS19,688) on alcoholic beverages in Dar es Salaam 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 Dar es Salaam
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.75 (TZS1,875) on bottled water in Dar es Salaam per day. The public water in Dar es Salaam is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Dar es Salaam On a Budget
Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Having grown from a fishing village, Dar es Salaam is now a major city and commercial port on Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. While it is mainly used as a stopping point on the way to Zanzibar, it has a few unique treasures of its own such as the Kariakoo Market, National Museum, and the open-air Village Museum.
For a taste of traditional culture, visit the open-air Village Museum which re-creates the straw homes of local and other Tanzanian tribes and hosts tribal dancing. It is a part of the National Museum, which offers Tanzanian history exhibits, including the fossils of human ancestors. Also important to the city is the historical Askari Monument, located at the very center of Dar. Depicting a soldier with his bayonet pointing to the harbor, the monument is a reminder of the soldiers that fought as the Carrier Corps in World War I. Another iconic structure is the Azania Lutheran Church, which has a beautiful bell tower.

The coast of Dar es Salaam also has a trove of beaches and waterside escapes worth visiting. Coco Beach, also known as Oyster Bay, is a stretch of beach located on the Msasani Peninsula of the city, while Bongoyo Island just off the coast of Dar makes a fantastic beachside day trip. North Beach and South Beach are also popular.
The city is divided into three municipal districts. Temeke, the largest of the three, is situated in the south. This is the more rural area of Dar city, closer to the beaches and with far less infrastructure. Kinondonu in the north is home to most of the more expensive suburban areas in the city. The embassies, newer restaurants, shopping and food areas and the more boutique styled hotels can be found here. Llala or ‘downtown' is the central district, which has all the commerce, banking and trade, along with the bigger hotel chains. It also encompasses the port and ferry areas as well as the main markets. One of the busiest markets in Dar Es Salaam is the local Kariakoo market. It is a great place to encounter the bustle of an authentic Tanzanian shopping experience. A wide range of local crafts, food, and souvenirs can be found here, but the crowds also make it a frequent place of pickpockets so be aware of your belongings. Haggling is expected, so make sure to brush up on your bargaining to get the best deals.

Shopping: Sought out items unique to Tanzania include tanzanite, tinga tinga paintings, carvings/crafts, and kangas (colorful dyed fabric). Visit the Mwenge Carvers' Village, Tingatinga Art Center, or Uhuru Street (for kangas).

Safari: Day trips to Mikumi National park or 3-day safaris to Selous are available from Dar es Salaam.

Hiking: Pugu Hills is a designated nature reserve located around 25 kilometers from the center of Dar Es Salaam. Along with an opportunity to hike the trails, you can also choose to bird watch or visit a cave that is famous for its colony of bats.
Food and Dining
Tanzanian cuisine is unique and widely varied, though coastal areas like Dar es Salaam commonly favor spicy foods and dishes that use coconut milk. One popular dish is nyama choma or roasted meat, usually goat (sometimes beef or chicken) and served with a few chilies and sometimes a tomato and red onion garnish. Also common is mishkaki, the Tanzanian version of skewered meat. The meat, usually beef or chicken, is first marinated in some spices and some tomato sauce (depending on the recipe). It is then cooked on a bed of hot coals, and served with hot chili and lime juice.

Since a large proportion of Indians have migrated into Tanzania, a considerable proportion of Tanzanian cuisine has also been influenced by Indian cuisine. As a result, many Indian restaurants can be found throughout Dar es Salaam. Perhaps most significant of the city's cultural fusion is a dish called Zanzibari Mix-a combination of Indian, Arab, and African flavors into a comforting dish of deep fried fritters in a coconut milk curry and garnished with fresh chutneys and chili sauce. A good example of this dish can be found at Mama Mumtaz restaurant in Kariakoo market. Street coffee and locally brewed beer are also great items to sample.

Tanzania's main airport is located in Dar es Salaam about 10 kilometers from the city center. It is now called Julius Nyerere International Airport, though it was formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport. Most large hotels offer a pick-up and drop-off service upon request. International flights include:

Europe: Turkish Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Swiss International Airlines

Middle East & Asia: Emirates, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, and Egypt Air

Africa: South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Malawian Airlines, Mozambique Airlines, and many others

North Americans and Europeans can obtain tourist visas upon landing in Dar es Salaam at a cost of $50 USD. The cost for U.S. passport holders, however, is $100 USD. Visas can also be obtained before arrival from the Tanzanian High Commission/Embassy.

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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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