Cost of living in Tanzania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 13,092 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,238 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,349 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,702 Shilling
12 eggs, large 5,274 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,054 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10,749 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7,453 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,539 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,466 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 13,087 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,824 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,120 Shilling
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,531,180 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,518,830 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 346,554 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,165,540 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,133,590 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 237,736 Shilling
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 86,345 Shilling
40” flat screen TV 964,221 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 440,406 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19,922 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24,752 Shilling
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 94,492 Shilling
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 92,579 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 71,213 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 137,143 Shilling
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 26,019,900 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,272 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 61,796 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32,210 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 31,335 Shilling
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 47,317 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 7,083 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,812 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10,965 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,873 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,072 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,833 Shilling
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 41,931 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 22,002 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 53,808 Shilling
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 78,347 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,680 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,290 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,288 Shilling
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,359,260 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 567 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 167,780 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5,120 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.

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.

Are you moving to Tanzania? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Zanzibar costs 5,000 Shilling (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Zanzibar costs 80,000 Shilling (4 days ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Zanzibar costs 100,002 Shilling (7 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Dar es Salaam costs 2,000 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Dar es Salaam costs 500 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Dar es Salaam costs 3,000 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Dar es Salaam costs 12,000 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Dar es Salaam costs 2,841 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Dar es Salaam costs 1,000 Shilling (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Dar es Salaam costs 1,500 Shilling (9 days ago)