Cost of living in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 6,762 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 9,785 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,903 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,835 Shilling
12 eggs, large 3,555 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,912 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,906 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,287 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,814 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,034 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 15,206 Shilling
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3,763 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 600 Shilling
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 823,863 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 500,000 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 134,018 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen TV 1,080,830 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 [Edit]
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 [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 20,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2,083 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 30,000 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,000 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.) 10,019 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 5,920 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 3,992 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 8,629 Shilling
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 31,986 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 20,000 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 45,000 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10,667 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,343 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3,625 Shilling
iPod nano 16GB 250,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 134 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 50,000 Shilling
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,000 Shilling
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: April 15, 2017.

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