Cost of living in Tanzania

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 13,417 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,263 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,214 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,879 Shilling
12 eggs, large 4,971 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,934 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14,414 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5,239 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,487 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,279 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 13,582 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,583 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,131 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,120,620 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,094,040 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 212,979 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,574,890 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 4,052,630 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 345,688 Shilling
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 73,111 Shilling
40” flat screen TV 1,034,240 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 403,914 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17,303 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 14,375 Shilling
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 79,564 Shilling
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 70,134 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 55,968 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 86,593 Shilling
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 16,423,400 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,384 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 48,237 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 31,601 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 5,000 Shilling
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 42,845 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 6,934 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6,969 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9,590 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,600 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 2,328 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10,781 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 47,406 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 20,000 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 55,058 Shilling
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 84,330 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 11,501 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,334 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,754 Shilling
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 438,014 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 215 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 171,385 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,740 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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