Cost of living in Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Tanzania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,113,555 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,338,290 Shilling
  • Tanzania is the 2nd cheapest country in Africa (9 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Tanzania is cheaper than in 92% of countries in the World (82 out of 89)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 14,267 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 10,835 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,471 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,273 Shilling
12 eggs, large 4,841 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,437 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 8,230 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,812 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,423 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1,830 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 18,108 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 3,068 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,279 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,605,850 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 654,101 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 160,135 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,410,930 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 644,652 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 307,982 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 80,602 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 794,737 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 238,410 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 5,049 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 5,898 Shilling
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 24,996 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 18,800 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 46,367 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,676 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,572 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 26,840 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 10,000 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 30,000 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 14,325 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,686 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6,309 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,940 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 1,600 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 13,627 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 18,093 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 72,855 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,936 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,797 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,268 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 200,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 100 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 150,000 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 8,868 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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