How much money do you need to travel in Tajikistan? It depends, of course, but despite widespread poverty, Tajikistan is not a cheap country to travel in, mostly because of expensive transport on the Pamir Highway and beyond. Sharing costs is advisable if you are on a tight budget.
Tajikistan is a place where your money matters, so let go of it in the right places. Perhaps you really do have very little of it right now, but at least you have a lot more opportunity than the people of Tajikistan to earn it back later.
- Dorm bed: 7-20$/€
- Homestay: 7-15$/€
- Double in a cheap hotel: 25-40$/€
- Double in a nice hotel: 70-150$/€
- Double in a luxury hotel: 200-350$/€
- Jeep ride Dushanbe – Khorog: 45$/€
- Flight Dushanbe – Khorog: 75$/€
- Minibus in Dushanbe: 15 cents
Food in a simple local restaurant or fast food place will cost around 1-2$/€. If it’s somewhat nicer, 4$/€. In the Pamirs you can expect prices to be similar to Western prices for basic foodstuff. Only at the most elite places in Dushanbe does the menu go over 10$/€ for a dish.
Tours and activities
Difficult to say anything about prices with such a wide range of options of course, but, to give you an idea, expect to pay around 100$/€ per day for a small-group ecotourism horse riding adventure. Entrance to sights and museums ranges between 2 and 5$/€.
How much does it cost to get into Tajikistan? A tourist visa plus GBAO permit goes for anything between 30 and 70$/€, depending on the embassy. If you are flying in and out of the country, expect to pay around (this is a very rough estimate) 650$/€ for a return flight from Europe or Asia.