Cost of living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Dar es Salaam

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 5,902,926 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,311,850 Shilling
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Current as of Apr 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 9,643 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 13,452 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7,365 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,920 Shilling
12 eggs, large 5,281 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,257 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 8,883 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,915 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,764 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,272 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 15,947 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 3,198 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,096 Shilling
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,817,770 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,032,650 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 268,852 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,571,060 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 897,620 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 154,738 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 81,315 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,045,550 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 315,489 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17,482 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 12,316 Shilling
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 87,676 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 77,627 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 77,501 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 121,788 Shilling
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 31,572,600 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,323 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 41,151 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 27,136 Shilling
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12,058 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24,289 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 46,126 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 7,266 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,666 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,351 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,979 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 2,898 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,059 Shilling
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 35,906 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 22,361 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 47,591 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 70,267 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,575 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4,862 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2,957 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,076,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 329 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 176,573 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 4,796 Shilling
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 48 prices entered by 11 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2021

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