Cost of Living in Dar es Salaam

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

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6,000.00 TSh 3,000.00-13,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 52,500.00 TSh 45,000.00-100,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20,000.00 TSh 15,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2,500.00 TSh 2,000.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5,000.00 TSh 4,000.00-8,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6,642.86 TSh 3,500.00-13,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 975.00 TSh 600.00-2,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 606.25 TSh 500.00-1,000.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11,094.17 TSh 7,570.83-17,034.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,950.45 TSh 907.19-6,350.30
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,399.66 TSh 1,043.26-1,814.37
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,753.85 TSh 3,600.00-6,600.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 10,205.84 TSh 4,535.93-27,215.57
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5,613.21 TSh 4,535.93-8,164.67
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4,939.12 TSh 4,082.34-6,350.30
Apples (1 lb) 4,706.03 TSh 2,267.96-6,803.89
Banana (1 lb) 1,162.33 TSh 725.75-2,267.96
Oranges (1 lb) 1,186.90 TSh 453.59-5,443.11
Tomato (1 lb) 1,083.58 TSh 680.39-2,267.96
Potato (1 lb) 839.15 TSh 544.31-1,814.37
Onion (1 lb) 1,649.43 TSh 453.59-2,721.56
Lettuce (1 head) 2,171.43 TSh 500.00-4,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,054.55 TSh 700.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20,000.00 TSh 15,000.00-30,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,683.80 TSh 1,800.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4,222.22 TSh 3,000.00-7,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5,000.00 TSh 4,000.00-5,500.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 650.00 TSh 500.00-2,500.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 52,500.00 TSh 25,000.00-150,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,000.00 TSh 3,000.00-8,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4,828.03 TSh 4,828.03-12,874.76
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 17,000.00 TSh 8,000.00-40,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11,888.56 TSh 10,701.36-12,113.32
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 42,500,000.00 TSh 30,000,000.00-55,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,666,666.67 TSh 14,000,000.00-15,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 170,000.00 TSh 150,000.00-400,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 30,000.00 TSh 25,000.00-30,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 102,333.33 TSh 50,000.00-150,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 136,875.00 TSh 60,000.00-250,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25,000.00 TSh 15,000.00-25,000.00
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 860,606.12 TSh 300,000.00-1,500,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,114,396.00 TSh 4,000,000.00-93,969,715.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 28,333.33 TSh 23,000.00-40,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58,750.00 TSh 24,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 140,000.00 TSh 50,000.00-300,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 131,428.57 TSh 50,000.00-200,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,379,219.49 TSh 892,846.53-2,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 715,982.62 TSh 500,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,895,512.49 TSh 2,000,000.00-4,832,728.20
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,856,874.28 TSh 1,200,000.00-2,500,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 904,655.83 TSh 232,255.67-2,136,752.14
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,579,338.54 TSh 1,300,631.74-1,858,045.34
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 750,000.00 TSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 18.00 1.30-20.00

Prices in Dar es Salaam

This city had 390 entries in the past 12 months by 39 different contributors.
Last update: July 2024
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14 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2024:
My wife and I lived in Dar es salaam 3 months and Mwanza 3 months second biggest city in Tanzania. We thought it would be more low key but just like Dar es salaam and Arusha it wasn't. The people overall were nice for the most part. By Tanzania isn't as safe as it States here but it's random estimates.Flooding is a major occurrence plus black mold is present in the nicest hotels which can be fatal.Prices should be 50% more than stated here as well. We don't recommend Tanzania to even visit especially since infrastructure is severely lacking and prehistoric grid not reliable.
Anonymous on Jul 19, 2024:
People just need to respect each other no matter what countries they're from. I've visited Dar es salaam twice over the years the women are gorgeous and cheap a real bargain no doubt it's amazing what I can get for $20 usd actually two fresh beauties for the whole night
Anonymous on Nov 25, 2022:
All of the information on all numbeo sites are misleading these are random prices given by contributors which are never correct btw.
aba on Nov 16, 2022:
Dear Sirs

In Cost of Living in Dar es Salaam (Tz), the below information is misleading. Please check.

Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,208.11 Fr.

I am not aware of the price of the said make/model but I am doubtful regarding the price stated herein.

Toni on Aug 20, 2022:
@ Anonymous Jan 26, 2021 - The reason so many black people live in Dar is the same reason too many Indians live in Mumbai.
Henry Von RichCunt on Jun 06, 2021:
I will be getting 800 USD per day after tax, with free housing, phone, vehicle, medical, and flights.

Will that be enough to buy a harem of slappers in Dar?
Sukhwinder Singh on May 04, 2021:
Hello friends, one construction company offering me starting salary 1000$, food accommodation or transportation given company , please confirm me any one friends have good or not good, but I'm searching about Tanzania it's great countries, living standards, compared to Paraguay country, please help me about Tanzania
Mrs Eugene on Apr 21, 2021:
This is a reply for "Anonymous on Mar 17, 2021".

No body is perfect. If you're going to talk about someone consider not only his/her weaknesses alone. I don't think it's worth it to willingly welcome the pain and crying of millions of people in Africa and World in general to haunt you. Too much negativity will sometimes cloud our judgement and make us loose our way.
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2021:
Magufuli has caused thousands of needless deaths in our country. He refused vaccines and also refused to wear a mask and he didn't allow any citizens to wear masks either. Many people were beaten and put in jail for wearing masks. It was confirmed that his executive secretary died from covid19 by a panel of doctors from Zambia after doctors from Zambia did an autopsy on him.His former secretary was originally from Zambia.Now Magufuli has met his fate dieing on February 7 of a heart attack supposedly.Although doctors wanted to do an autopsy on him to determine actual cause of death the government and his family wouldn't allow it but instead buried him promptly. Before Magufuli became president Tanzania was a diplomatic society citizens had freedom of expression but he changed all that.Magufuli didn't care how bad he made it on any citizens including his staff because it was all about him and only his way.As Tanzania citizens we will never allow any president to dictate our happiness way of expression our lives again.

Magufuli isn't missed rest assured.

Quazile Shaunte
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2021:
I'm looking for a maid to clean my house daily and other assorted assignments.Room provided in my home and meals. I will pay $3 usd per day must be single ages 20 to 25 athletic and open to diversity.
Anonymous on Jan 26, 2021:
Why are there so many black people in Dar es Salaam ?
Anonymous on Jan 21, 2021:
750 usd a month is a very low offer. I live in Dar as a single person in a tiny apartment.My rent is $450 usd monthly electric is $200 monthly transportation taxi $100 usd monthly.There's no way a family of 3 could survive on $750 usd monthly no way.Food at open markets is expensive too. I make $900 usd monthly and after food costs I normally have around $80usd left each month. I took an offer of $1,300 usd per month but after I arrived in Dar my employer said that $1,300 usd should've been $900 usd each month. Yes they are wasting your time. Anyone coming to work for an employer anywhere in Tanzania cannot leave until their contract is completed remember that too. I have 2 months left on my contract then I'm outta here.
R KS on Jan 20, 2021:
I'm getting 750 USD a month to join an office in Dar. Was wondering if it is feasible to live with a family size of 3 or a waste offer....
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.