Cost of living in Tanzania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 14,581 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,894 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,498 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,673 Shilling
12 eggs, large 5,280 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,103 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12,020 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7,323 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,648 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,436 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 15,722 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,857 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,315 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 2,149 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 61,796 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11,767 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 36,383 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 23,342 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 81,697 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13,680 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,242 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,100 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 180,896 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5,224 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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dar es Salaam costs 5,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Dar es Salaam costs 200,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dar es Salaam costs 2,500 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Dar es Salaam costs 5,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Dar es Salaam costs 15,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Dar es Salaam costs 80,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Dar es Salaam costs 45,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Dar es Salaam costs 25,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Dar es Salaam costs 30,000 Shilling (6 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Dar es Salaam costs 10,000 Shilling (6 days ago)