Cost of living in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Summary of cost of living in Zanzibar

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,937,537 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,810,039 Shilling
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Zanzibar
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 10,607 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 9,696 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10,632 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,490 Shilling
12 eggs, large 3,964 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,091 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,354 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,191 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,769 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,104 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 16,778 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 2,999 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,135 Shilling
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,126,910 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,002,910 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 163,123 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,352,930 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 815,000 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio -
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen tv 1,065,940 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 500,000 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 8,244 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 25,000 Shilling
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,159 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 76,324 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 19,518 Shilling
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Personal Care Update prices
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) 68,095 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,500 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9,453 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,007 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,890 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 5,170 Shilling
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 32,620 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 20,000 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 20,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 67,787 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,162 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,708 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,486 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 133 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 50,000 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 4,770 Shilling
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 46 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: June 14, 2021

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