Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and the hub for many international flights. Although not the capital city (that honour goes to Dodoma), Dar es Salaam is a busy African city heaving with people, traffic and normal daily life.

Dar es Salaam Facts

Population 4,400,000
Area 4,400,000
Timezone UTC+3
Currency Tanzanian Shilling
Airports Julius Nyerere International Airport (JRO)

Where to eat and drink in Dar es Salaam

Budget breakfastMany hotels will include a simple breakfast in the price of the room. Otherwise, check local stalls for cheap breakfast options, Tanzanian style$1.57 - $2.75
Budget lunchAssuming that you avoid the tourist haunts and expat restaurants, you can find good local food at sit down cafes and street stalls$2.35 - $3.53
Budget dinnerLocal restaurants may only have two or three types of dishes, so ask what is available before choosing your location$3.14 - $4.71
Beer .5LMost East African beer is sold in .5L bottles and establishments will have beer available at any time of day$1.18 - $1.96
Beer .5L (retail)There are small shops all over the city that will sell you beer to take away. You may have to put a deposit down on the bottle$0.78
Soda and waterThe tap water isn’t safe to drink, but you can easily buy water and sodas at any small shop in the city$0.39 - $0.78
Konyagi .5L bottleBy far the cheapest alcohol in town, this local spirit tastes most like cheap gin and can be purchased at every shop and restaurant that sells alcohol$0.78 - $2.35
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When to visit Dar es Salaam

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Dar es Salaam Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:27am6:33pm
21 Jun6:33am6:16pm
21 Sep6:13am6:19pm
21 Dec6:05am6:36pm

Where to stay in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Hotel Seasons

Dar es Salaam Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar59.65 - 69.30
starstarstarstarstar83.34 - 122.82
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Dar es Salaam Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed2.20 - 16.69

Getting around Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam Transport prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center3.92 - 7.84
Public bus in Dar es Salaam0.12 - 0.24
3 km taxi ride in Dar es Salaam4.71 - 5.88
3 km 3-wheel motorcycle taxi2.35 - 2.75
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Where to go before and after