Tanzanian shilling (Tsh)
Budget: Less than US$50
- Double room in a budget hotel: US$30
- Local-style meal: US$5
- Bajaji (tuk-tuk) ride on Msasani Peninsula: US$2
- Double hotel room: US$50–150
- Meal in a restaurant: US$15
- Day car hire in the city: US$80
Top end: More than US$200
- Double hotel room: US$150–350
- Meal in restaurant: US$20–25
- Flight to Zanzibar Island: US$75
Bargaining is expected by vendors in tourist areas, particularly souvenir vendors, except in a limited number of fixed-price shops. However, at markets and non-tourist venues, the price quoted to you will often be the ‘real’ price, so in these situations don’t immediately assume that the quote you’ve been given is too high.
There are no set rules for bargaining, other than that negotiations should always be conducted in a friendly, spirited and respectful manner. Before starting, shop around to get a feel for the ‘value’ of the item you want. Asking others what they have paid can be helpful. Once you start negotiating, if things seem like a waste of time, politely take your leave. Sometimes sellers will call you back if they think their stubbornness has been counterproductive. Very few will pass up the chance of making a sale, however thin the profit. If the vendor won’t come down to a price you feel is fair, it means that it is not fair from their perspective, or that too many high-rolling foreigners have passed through already.
There are ATMs all over the city, and in all the major shopping centres.
Forex bureaus give faster service and marginally better exchange rates than the banks. There are many scattered around the city centre, particularly on or near Samora Ave, where you can easily compare rates. All are open standard business hours.
All the big hotels also offer currency exchange, but their rates are less favourable. The worst rates of exchange are generally at the Galaxy Forex Bureau in the arrivals hall at the airport, although it's useful for doing reverse exchanges at the end of your travels. In town, try Serena Forex Bureau.