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Zanzibar, Zanzibar Urban/West Region, Tanzania

How much does it cost to travel to Zanzibar?

You should plan to spend around $53 (TZS132,825) per day on your vacation in Zanzibar. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 (TZS42,860) on meals
  • $12 (TZS29,202) on local transportation
  • $50 (TZS126,419) on hotels

A one week trip to Zanzibar for two people costs, on average, $736 (TZS1,859,549). 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 Zanzibar cost?

A one week trip to Zanzibar usually costs around $368 (TZS929,775) for one person and $736 (TZS1,859,549) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Zanzibar on average costs around $736 (TZS1,859,549) for one person and $1,473 (TZS3,719,099) 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 Zanzibar will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Zanzibar on average costs around $1,578 (TZS3,984,749) for one person and $3,156 (TZS7,969,497) 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 Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar expensive to visit?

Zanzibar 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 10% 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, Zanzibar is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Mombasa or Durban.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) TZS126,419 ($50)
Local Transportation 1 TZS29,202 ($12)
Food 2 TZS42,860 ($17)
Entertainment 1 TZS33,159 ($13)
Tips and Handouts 1 TZS4,434 - 13,303 ($2 - 5)
Alcohol 2 TZS8,885 - 26,656 ($4 - 11)
Accommodation Budget in Zanzibar
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Zanzibar is $25 (TZS63,210). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Zanzibar is $50 (TZS126,419). 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 Zanzibar

Looking for a hotel in Zanzibar? 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 Zanzibar based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $63. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Zanzibar
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Zanzibar is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (TZS29,202) per person, per day, on local transportation in Zanzibar.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Zanzibar can vary, the average cost of food in Zanzibar is $17 (TZS42,860) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Zanzibar should cost around $6.79 (TZS17,144) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Zanzibar is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Zanzibar
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  • Entertainment and activities in Zanzibar typically cost an average of $13 (TZS33,159) 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 Zanzibar
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Zanzibar is $3.51 (TZS8,869) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Zanzibar is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Zanzibar
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.04 (TZS17,770) on alcoholic beverages in Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar
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  • On average, people spend $0.83 (TZS2,084) on bottled water in Zanzibar per day. The public water in Zanzibar is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Zanzibar On a Budget
Zanzibar The Beach of Zanzibar, Tanzania
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.

As you explore this mysteriously enchanting area, remember you are still visiting a largely Muslim community. Try to remain covered up and hold off on the PDA. Keep your alcohol intake discreet, and be very respectful of fasting traditions during the months of Ramadan.
Your first journey outside of your hotel should be the charming capital city of Stone Town. Lining the streets are nineteenth century buildings decorated with elaborately detailed doors. Stroll through the streets and just feel the vibrancy of this area.

For a little evening snack, take a short walk along the Forodhani Gardens. This popular waterfront spot is full of vendors selling all sorts of treats. Enjoy a fish skewer. Nibble on some mango slices dipped in chile salt. And if you're absolutely stuffed, you should still sip on a cup of sugar can juice infused with ginger and lime.

What vacation would be complete without an afternoon relaxing by the waves? The Mangapwani Beach is covered in perfect white sand and lined with resorts offering all the luxuries you can imagine. From daybeds to restaurants, all your vacation goals are met. Be sure to check tide predictions before you go. With low tide moving out miles, it can make swimming very tricky. The beach is, after all, one of the best things to do in Zanzibar.

These places are just a few of the many great things to see and do here. For more ideas, check out this very comprehensive Zanzibar travel guide which covers a lot more of the breathtaking scenery.
The Zanzibar archipelago is comprised of several islands including Unguja – the main island usually referred to as Zanzibar - and Pemba. Each island has its own unique cities from the enchanting Stone Two capital, to the northern city of Nungwi covered in swimming tourists, to the southern city of Paje and its amazing restaurants.

Most travelers are searching for grand adventures to write home about when they explore new worlds. For this unique experience, make your way to Chumbe Island Coral Park for a snorkeling adventure. This marine protected island is completely uninhabited and only allows fourteen people to visit everyday. If you can arrange to be one of those lucky four, you'll have the opportunity to witness undisturbed wildlife. Dip your head beneath the surface to see over 400 species of fish and rainbow coral.

If you're up for visiting more islands, be sure to tour Spice Island. While here, you'll see where your common kitchen spices like nutmeg, vanilla and cloves come from - from back peppercorns found by climbing up a plant over ten feet high.

Be sure to check the Mtoni Palace Ruins for any concert or shows going on. You'll love being surrounded by the island's celebrated music, taarab. It's a combination of all the different cultures that have passed through Zanzibar - Swahili, Arab and Indian.

For a nice relaxing way to end the day, kick back at the Old Dispensary in Stone Town with a smooth hookah. Enjoy the ocean view with 70 types of shisha including cinnamon and jasmine. As you settle into your relaxation, look around and take in the traditional elaborate woodcarvings and stained glass.
Food and Dining
With all the cultures passing through Zanzibar, the food reflects that. You really can find any dish you're craving. While there, though, be sure to take advantage of the amazing seafood selections like crab claws, calamari steaks, shrimp on a stick and coriander-spiced tuna.

The easiest and cheapest way to travel around Zanzibar is by dala-dala, or mini buses. They operate much like taxis and are available to hire.

Renting a car is always an option in Zanzibar. Take precautions when selecting a rental car service, however. Many of the cars are between 15 and 20 years old and aren't regularly serviced. Since backup or exchange services aren't typically offered, should the car break down or need repairs, they will be your responsibility.

Also, if you do decide to drive yourself around, keep a few things in mind for the frequent police checks on the road. Always have your driver's license, your temporary Zanzibar driver's permit, car insurance on you, and be sure the proper road license stickers are on your windshield.
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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.