Cost of living in Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Tanzania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,867,835 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,845,538 Shilling
  • Tanzania is the 2nd cheapest country in Africa (8 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Tanzania is cheaper than in 92% of countries in the World (83 out of 90)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 6,364 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 11,699 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6,139 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,753 Shilling
12 eggs, large 3,988 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,222 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,125 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,744 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,568 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,371 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 15,757 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 2,526 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,228 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,540,620 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,759,610 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 114,138 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 924,328 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 893,304 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 89,563 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 38,488 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 927,879 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 270,394 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 11,641 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 40,000 Shilling
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 69,670 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 68,758 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 75,448 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 124,780 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 17,807,600 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,251 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 33,005 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,109 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 16,154 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 40,000 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 6,934 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,954 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5,232 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,395 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 1,722 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 20,000 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 17,608 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 22,520 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 71,475 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 11,501 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,000 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2,410 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 428,584 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 343 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 79,975 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 4,000 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Tanzania


This map shows only the top cities in Tanzania. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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