Cost of Living in Dar es Salaam

Summary about cost of living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6,000.00 TSh 2,000.00-8,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50,000.00 TSh 45,000.00-100,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12,000.00 TSh 12,000.00-16,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2,409.50 TSh 2,000.00-3,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,000.00 TSh 2,319.00-4,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,250.00 TSh 2,000.00-5,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,239.88 TSh 600.00-2,319.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 733.33 TSh 500.00-2,000.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9,673.83 TSh 5,678.12-22,712.48
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,333.56 TSh 907.19-2,267.96
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,063.42 TSh 816.47-1,814.37
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,000.00 TSh 2,400.00-6,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 10,281.44 TSh 7,257.49-13,607.79
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3,997.29 TSh 2,267.96-5,443.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3,685.44 TSh 2,721.56-4,989.52
Apples (1 lb) 3,123.31 TSh 1,360.78-4,535.93
Banana (1 lb) 1,287.33 TSh 680.39-2,267.96
Oranges (1 lb) 1,490.38 TSh 272.16-2,721.56
Tomato (1 lb) 1,198.78 TSh 453.59-1,360.78
Potato (1 lb) 720.08 TSh 453.59-1,360.78
Onion (1 lb) 1,321.09 TSh 680.39-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 1,320.00 TSh 500.00-3,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 950.00 TSh 600.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15,000.00 TSh 12,000.00-25,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,392.86 TSh 2,000.00-2,857.14
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,675.00 TSh 3,000.00-5,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3,700.00 TSh 2,700.00-4,500.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 450.00 TSh 400.00-1,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 TSh
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5,000.00 TSh 3,000.00-5,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4,828.03 TSh 4,828.03-8,046.72
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7,478.50 TSh 5,000.00-20,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8,399.29 TSh 7,570.83-8,751.87
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 42,500,000.00 TSh 35,000,000.00-50,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,547,500.00 TSh 15,000,000.00-23,190,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 225,714.29 TSh 180,000.00-300,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 108.50 TSh 5.00-350.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 163,544.44 TSh 100,000.00-250,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 145,000.00 TSh 60,000.00-250,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 41,896.67 TSh 30,000.00-50,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10,000.00 TSh 10,000.00-15,000.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,004,410.00 TSh 347,850.00-3,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,645,928.57 TSh 8,000,000.00-23,190,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48,750.00 TSh 25,000.00-65,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 71,666.67 TSh 35,000.00-120,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 147,500.00 TSh 70,000.00-300,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 104,285.71 TSh 45,000.00-150,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 902,375.00 TSh 600,000.00-2,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 999,242.86 TSh 600,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,719,200.00 TSh 1,623,300.00-4,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,320,250.00 TSh 1,200,000.00-3,405,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 142,901.85 TSh 99,999.17-185,804.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 167,224.08 TSh
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 568,212.50 TSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 19.67 17.83-21.00

Prices in Dar es Salaam

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Last update: January 2021
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12 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2021:
Tanzania is going through alot now due to the new administration. Freedom of speech has become a thing of the past. Tanzania used to be a much more pleasant country to live much more relaxing for families and all concerned.
Charlotte.Jennifer on May 08, 2020:
When you are angry, close your mouth, lest you increase your anger
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2019:
They have to apply work permit and residential permit. before receiving any permit don't come
Ravi on Dec 23, 2019:
Dear all I got good knowledge about cost of living in Dar and hope someone suggest about the process of joining in manufacturing Co.

Recently I got offer usd 1500+all benefits. Is this Ok ? Pls tell.
Paresh on Jun 19, 2018:
Hi I have received a job offer in Dar Es Salam for 3300 USD is it good offer to accept and feasible to stay with family of 3 person in Dar. How much i can save in this package and what is the ideal monthly expenses for the family.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2018:
@dev mere bhai dont even think to come @500 its like 33kin india, its nothing here nothinggggggggggg
Dev das on Nov 15, 2017:

Myself dev from India, i have a job offer in tanzania with a package of USD 500.

Is it possible to survive there with this package?

What will be the cost of living for a non resident there

It will be a great help if someone helps me

abi on Aug 02, 2017:
If i can add:

Cost of electricity: in 100000 TZS you get 280 units
local cable networks: ZUKU, DSTV, AZAM (for people from indian subcontinent - very limited indian channels - colour, zee, ndtv india, sony sab, zoom etc;-)
pavan on May 11, 2017:
can any one share the cost of living in tanzania for 3 family members if company pay us $1000 plus company furnished accommodation come to contact on +918758293622
Brenda matto on May 04, 2017:
hi..I search for a 21 years old I need the job in your company...
when I gate a chance I promise to work as I can
I hope I can get a job in your company
Anonymous on Apr 25, 2017:

I have been offered a job in Dar Es Salaam with a monthly net salary of USD 4,000.

Please note that this salary is net and inclusive of accommodation.

In addition Company Car with Driver is provided, annual leave is 21 days. Return air ticket to home is provided once a year.

I am not planning to bring my family right away...

Is it a good deal?

How much I can save?

Is it ok to accept the offer?

Please revert....


Anant on Apr 09, 2017:
Dear Team,

The mention cost of living Dar es Salaam yes almost 95% right. i am being living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. from last 7 year.
I do know the actual cost of living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. And it rally matches with your survey done.

Appreciate your data base & knowledge