Cost of living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

List of prices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 15,076 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 15,228 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,750 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,975 Shilling
12 eggs, large 5,488 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,082 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10,994 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 6,247 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,092 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,329 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 14,129 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,824 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,216 Shilling
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,605,660 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,357,360 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 292,160 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,981,630 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 989,341 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 177,789 Shilling
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 89,987 Shilling
40” flat screen TV 953,120 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 336,522 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17,849 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 35,860 Shilling
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 89,896 Shilling
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 72,429 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 73,948 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 126,070 Shilling
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 26,424,100 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,195 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 42,506 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 33,385 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.) 11,078 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 3,979 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,161 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11,570 Shilling
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 39,748 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 22,163 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 77,237 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 11,912 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,215 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,290 Shilling
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,119,590 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 264 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 183,802 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 4,783 Shilling
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 286 prices entered by 33 different people.
Latest price update: March 22, 2019

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