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Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

How much does it cost to travel to Moshi?

You should plan to spend around $72 (TZS182,256) per day on your vacation in Moshi. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (TZS51,540) on meals
  • $18 (TZS44,573) on local transportation
  • $75 (TZS190,317) on hotels

A one week trip to Moshi for two people costs, on average, $1,010 (TZS2,551,580). 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
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Moshi cost?

A one week trip to Moshi usually costs around $505 (TZS1,275,790) for one person and $1,010 (TZS2,551,580) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Moshi on average costs around $1,010 (TZS2,551,580) for one person and $2,021 (TZS5,103,159) 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 Moshi will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Moshi on average costs around $2,165 (TZS5,467,671) for one person and $4,330 (TZS10,935,341) 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 Moshi 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 Moshi expensive to visit?

Moshi is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Tanzania, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Moshi is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Casablanca or Masai Mara.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) TZS190,317 ($75)
Local Transportation 1 TZS44,573 ($18)
Food 2 TZS51,540 ($20)
Entertainment 1 TZS48,930 ($19)
Alcohol 2 TZS4,429 - 13,286 ($2 - 5)
Accommodation Budget in Moshi
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Moshi is $38 (TZS95,159). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Moshi is $75 (TZS190,317). 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 Moshi

Looking for a hotel in Moshi? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Moshi based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $47. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Moshi
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Moshi is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (TZS44,573) per person, per day, on local transportation in Moshi.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Moshi
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Rental Cars in Moshi
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Food Budget in Moshi
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Moshi can vary, the average cost of food in Moshi is $20 (TZS51,540) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Moshi should cost around $8.16 (TZS20,616) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Moshi is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Moshi
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Moshi typically cost an average of $19 (TZS48,930) 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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Alcohol Budget in Moshi
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $3.51 (TZS8,857) on alcoholic beverages in Moshi 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 Moshi
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  • On average, people spend $0.41 (TZS1,038) on bottled water in Moshi per day. The public water in Moshi is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2024
Moshi On a Budget
Moshi Moshi
Moshi is a town in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. It’s known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Trails run up the mountain's cloud-ringed, snow-capped dome, through alpine forests and meadows home to elephants and leopards. The noticeably clean capital of the densely populated Kilimanjaro region sits at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro and makes a good introduction to the splendors of the north. It's a low-key place with an appealing blend of African and Asian influences and a self-sufficient, prosperous feel, due in large part to its being the center of one of Tanzania's major coffee-growing regions. Virtually all visitors are here to climb Mt Kilimanjaro or to recover after having done so. Yet there’s much more to do, including cultural tours and hikes on the mountain’s lower slopes.
The main sight in this area is Mt Kilimanjaro and the natural beauty around it. This is the primary point of interest and is what draws the majority of visitors to the region, but there are other things to see as well.

The town market can be fun to visit, even if you’re not interested in buying anything. It can be a fun and interesting glimpse into the culture of the area and is a good way to meet some locals too.

There are many religious institutions to see, most notably the mosque near the center of town. You can also visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery located opposite the magistrate's court. It is also interesting to visit the former German administration office located between Kilimanjaro Co-operative Bank and BP petrol station on Mawenzi Road/Nyerere Road. You can still see the old military camp metal hanging pillar used for Germans and natives who broke German military law.

There are several smaller communities outside of the main town of Moshi that are worth taking a look around as well.
Downtown Moshi has all the makings of a traditional East African city – bustling marketplaces, rushing rivers, distant mountains and bumpy dirt roads – but there's one thing that sets it apart from the rest: the people. To fully experience the people of Moshi, head to the busy, bustling marketplaces downtown. It's the central meeting place for local residents, whether they're selling goods or gabbing away.

Has many more expensive homes and is also home base for a large European volunteer organization. There is the FalconCrest Hotel and Pub, as well as the Scorpion Pub for a night out. There is a good market near the Scorpion Pub.

An area of relative wealth. Several restaurants are located out here as well as a few hostels and hotels.

A significantly worse off, more impoverished area than main Moshi.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the obvious reason for being in Moshi. Safaris are also essential, as well as a visit to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha National Park are within a fairly easy distance, too.

Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris is a hotel, campsite, lodge and safari company. This is a family run place with an excellent swimming pool, bar area and children's play area. They can organize all your local tours and safaris, including anything ranging from a night of local drumming and food to climbing the mountain or seeing the national parks.

Cultural trips to Maasai villages are very worthwhile and informative. Although most of the villages are not completely authentic, it does give you an idea and information of native life.

Day trips to Marangu Waterfalls are often fun, you can stand underneath the waterfall, even jump off one and go swimming. Day trips to Lake Nyumba ya Mungu can also be interesting, lots of local fishing culture, aloe vera plantations and sugar cane plantations. There is also a snake park and camel riding center nearby.
Food and Dining
Although Moshi might be considered a small town, you'd be surprised by the variety of restaurants to choose from. From local Swahili-style food to Indian and Italian cuisine or even a combination of different styles, there is a world of food to be found in Moshi. But perhaps one of the best ways of experiencing local life is to sample Swahili dishes. You will find things like pilau – spiced rice with vegetables and/or meat/fish, mishikaki – grilled meat skewers, or ndizi nyama – a beef stew with bananas and vegetables. In Moshi, the 'trekking capital' of Tanzania, you may find travelers from all over the world, but also food from all over the world. Enjoy!

To get into Tanzania you will first need to obtain a visa. This can be done in your home country by finding an embassy or consulate, or when you arrive in the airport or at a border crossing. Cutting cost on travel in Tanzania is not always the best choice. Generally if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is, and the safety standards may be compromised, so be careful to book a ride with a legitimate company. Kilimanjaro International Airport is about 45 mins by taxi from Moshi. Precision Air operates reliable shuttle buses to Moshi and they leave the airport whenever they are full and depart from Moshi roughly 3 hours before any Precision Air flight. Flights come from various non-domestic destinations, and this is how most tourists arrive. Buses arrive in Moshi from all of the main cities in Tanzania, and this is the cheapest way to travel. Getting around in the city is easy on foot. There are also plenty of taxis available. Always agree a price before you get in the car. Local transport around Kilimanjaro can be easy if you take local buses called Daladalas. They are 16 seater minibuses which usually transport about 30 people and/or children and livestock at any given time. Daladalas can be used to go within Moshi or to the surrounding villages. You can also hire your own land cruiser and driver if you prefer to have more control over your schedule.

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.