Cost of Living in Zanzibar

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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12,500.00 TSh 7,811.28-25,392.43
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70,000.00 TSh 50,784.86-104,798.60
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16,338.32 TSh 11,716.92-20,959.72
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5,000.00 TSh 3,905.64-8,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8,000.00 TSh 6,000.00-11,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5,068.11 TSh 2,343.38-8,733.22
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,159.88 TSh 1,077.24-3,493.29
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,008.13 TSh 1,000.00-3,493.29
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 14,668.47 TSh 6,435.20-18,927.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,872.76 TSh 1,360.78-4,535.93
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,179.34 TSh 1,133.98-1,270.06
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,825.00 TSh 3,600.00-6,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8,618.27 TSh 5,443.11-11,793.42
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5,669.91 TSh 3,175.15-8,164.67
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5,291.92 TSh 4,535.93-6,803.89
Apples (1 lb) 3,855.54 TSh 3,175.15-4,535.93
Banana (1 lb) 1,058.38 TSh 907.19-1,360.78
Oranges (1 lb) 816.47 TSh 725.75-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 907.19 TSh 453.59-1,133.98
Potato (1 lb) 755.99 TSh 453.59-1,133.98
Onion (1 lb) 982.78 TSh 453.59-1,360.78
Lettuce (1 head) ?
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,125.00 TSh 1,000.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25,000.00 TSh 12,000.00-30,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,666.67 TSh 3,000.00-4,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5,333.33 TSh 5,000.00-6,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5,000.00 TSh 4,000.00-5,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,500.00 TSh 400.00-6,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ?
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2,000.00 TSh
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3,218.69 TSh 2,272.39-4,828.03
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,500.00 TSh 3,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,932.45 TSh 8,706.45-10,701.36
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) ?
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 8,000,000.00 TSh
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 206,018.60 TSh 100,000.00-400,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 34.50 TSh 5.00-28.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 100,000.00 TSh 100,000.00-100,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 100,000.00 TSh
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat ?
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 595,116.67 TSh 350,550.00-934,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,188,533.33 TSh 4,206,600.00-16,359,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) ?
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) ?
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) ?
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes ?
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,369,055.39 TSh 1,168,500.00-1,635,900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,324,300.00 TSh 701,100.00-2,337,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,417,950.00 TSh 1,200,000.00-1,635,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,402,200.00 TSh
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 649,212.65 TSh
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 209,552.68 TSh
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 623,207.18 TSh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 16.70

Prices in Zanzibar

This city had 56 entries in the past 12 months by 9 different contributors.
Last update: December 2022
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2 Comments so far
Jane on Dec 01, 2022:
As a tourist or mzungu (white person) you will probably pay at least twice as much as locals/residents. E.g. Every now and then I will ask a bodaboda (scooter taxi) how much to go for a ride and they will usually say 5,6,7000tzs for locations that is only 5-10 minutes away. I've used Bodabodas quite a lot and by now know the cost around town. The furthest I go is usually 5k which takes 10-15 minutes and I will pay 3000tzs (I don't even ask about the price anymore). Rule of thumb is 1000tsz per 5 minutes, just tell them where you are going and calculate the price when you get there.

After having lived in Stone Town a bit I now get discount different places - simply because I am not a tourist. So living here is a little less expensive. The more swahili you know the cheaper the prices will be. So learn some swahili frases!!!
Itumeleng on Oct 14, 2019:
Hi guys,

When last was this price list updated?