Cost of living in Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Tanzania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,602,797 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,022,682 Shilling
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 17,074 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 14,408 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,781 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,010 Shilling
12 eggs, large 4,547 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,265 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,543 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,227 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,083 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,446 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 19,602 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 3,395 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,375 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 853,839 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,382,090 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 238,279 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,335,100 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 274,360 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 151,280 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 44,322 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,244,840 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 278,186 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 45,000 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 7,000 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 139,650 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 97,164 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 75,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,650 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 26,840 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 6,000 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 10,000 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 39,226 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 5,000 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,750 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6,309 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 4,000 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,000 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 5,000 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,000 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 10,000 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 72,855 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,000 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,000 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2,000 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 300,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 628 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 41,619 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 4,350 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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