Cost of living in Tanzania

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Tanzania, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in TSh
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 TZS
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 TZS
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 TZS
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 TZS
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 TZS
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 TZS
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 TZS
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 TZS
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 TZS
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 TZS
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 TZS
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 TZS
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 TZS
1.5 kg Sugar 10 TZS
2 liter cooking oil 20 TZS
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 TZS
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 TZS
1 liter milk 8.50 TZS
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 TZS
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 TZS
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 TZS
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 TZS
House Cleaning fee per day 105 TZS
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 TZS
Original branded Electric Fans 200 TZS
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 TZS
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 TZS
Single bed Blankets 120 TZS
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 TZS
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 TZS
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 TZS
Men's haircut 40 TZS
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 TZS
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 TZS
1 month of gym subscription. 105 TZS
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 TZS
Unisex Loris perfume 30 TZS
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 TZS
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 TZS
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 TZS
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 TZS
Go carting 30mins 120 TZS
Movie House 3d cinema 30 TZS
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 TZS
Photo shoot 120 TZS
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 TZS
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 TZS
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 TZS
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 TZS
Spalding Basketball 200 TZS
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 TZS
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 TZS
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 TZS
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 TZS
1 day rent a car cost 140 TZS
Driver’s license 2300 TZS
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 TZS
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 TZS
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 TZS
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 TZS
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 TZS
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 TZS

Tanzania is a tourist destination with a lot of hyperactivity; therefore the affordability of basic commodities can be a bit pricey. In some cases, utilities such as electricity, water, heating, and wireless internet come as part of the rental fee if not billed separately.

US$1 is equivalent to 2000 shillings, therefore the commodities stated below will be priced in US$ to avoid inflations. Please note that these are average estimates, so in some instances, the prices might be higher or lower according to your location.


Basic Meal in the CBD US$3.00 Food
Fast Food Meal US$5.00 Food
Chicken Fillets (1kg) US$5.18 Food
Beef (1kg) US$4.21 Food
12 eggs, large US$1.50 Food
1 liter whole fat milk US$1.31 Food
1 bottle of red table wine, US$6.88 Food
2 liters of Coca-Cola US$1.73 Food
Bread US$0.60 Food
Domestic beer US$1.07 Food


Monthly rent CBD apartment US$309 Housing
Monthly Rent out of CBD apartment US$297 Housing


Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water US$69.93 Utilities
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local US$0.13 Utilities
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) US$62.60 Utilities


Please note that some universities might provide transportation for students living off-campus at a minimal charge or for free. Students need to inquire about whether these services are provided for or not. This will be very helpful in cutting unnecessary costs.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport) US$0.17 Transportation
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) US$6.02 Transportation
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) US$2.15 Transportation
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) US$1.29 Transportation

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