Cost of living in Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Tanzania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,487,364 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,427,789 Shilling
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 6,638 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8,762 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7,356 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,197 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,051 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,335 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5,348 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,106 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,405 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,630 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 17,750 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 2,465 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,662 Shilling
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,714,800 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 733,571 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 126,454 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) 54,322 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 671,867 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 17,547 Shilling
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 69,935 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 63,678 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 82,721 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 121,488 Shilling
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 17,807,600 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,537 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 26,840 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) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 20,000 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,798 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5,209 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,401 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 1,963 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 13,930 Shilling
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 18,251 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 14,943 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 61,851 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10,255 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,797 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2,944 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 67,200 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 5,272 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Tanzania

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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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dar es Salaam costs 5,500 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dar es Salaam costs 4,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Dar es Salaam costs 7,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Dar es Salaam costs 18,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Dar es Salaam costs 120,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Dar es Salaam costs 45,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Dar es Salaam costs 2,590 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dar es Salaam costs 250,000 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of bread in Dar es Salaam costs 825 Shilling (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Dar es Salaam costs 35,000 Shilling (5 days ago)