A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Abu Dhabi vs. Cairo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Abu Dhabi and Cairo can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Cairo?

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

Which place is cheaper, Cairo or Abu Dhabi?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Abu Dhabi is $164, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $27. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Abu Dhabi and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Cairo $14
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Cairo $28
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Cairo? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi


Hotels in Cairo


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Abu Dhabi Hotel Prices and Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Cairo $4.59
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:


  • Car Rental
    $31
  • Taxi to Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Abrahamic Family House Tour with Transfer: $76
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Abu Dhabi Hotel or Address): $132
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Arrival Private Transfer: $35
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Arrival Private Transfer: $40
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $71
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi Round-Trip Private Transfer: $79
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $119
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel - Arrival Private Transfer: $60
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $53
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $106
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): Private Transfer to Abu Dhabi: $101
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Departure Transfer (Abu Dhabi Hotels to Abu Dhabi Airport): $132

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.13
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $5.00
  • Private Transfer from Hotels in Cairo to Cairo Airport : $8.00
  • Airport and Hotel Private Transfer in Cairo & Giza: $9.00
  • Private Arrival or Departure Cairo Airport Transfer: $9.50
  • Cairo Airport: Private Transfer Service: $9.50
  • Cairo Airport Private Transfer: $9.60
  • Private Transfer from Cairo City to Cairo Airport: $10
  • Cairo Airport Transfer by private car: $10
  • Cairo Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Anywhere in Cairo: $10
  • Private Cairo Airport Transfers & Limousine to Anywhere in Cairo or vice versa: $10
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport to Hotels in Cairo: $10
  • Private Airport Transfer to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $10

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo and Abu Dhabi change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Abu Dhabi $45
    Cairo $7.30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Abu Dhabi.

  • Desert Safari BBQ Dinner Live Shows Pick & Drop More: $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $70
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • Desert Safari Abu Dhabi w/ Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $75
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars: $77
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $81
  • Scenic Dinner Cruise: $82

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cairo:


  • Juice
    $0.06

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cairo.

  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $11
  • Cairo Dinner Cruise On The Nile River With Private Transfer: $12
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $15
  • Nile dinner cruises in Cairo at night with different categories : $15
  • Unusual Cairo Food Tour : $15
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Private Transfer from Cairo: $16
  • Super Safari ATV , Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Dinner, Show-Hurghada: $19
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $19
  • Giza pyramids ,Sphinx ,Valley temple and Nile Dinner cruise tours: $20
  • Private Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel ride, Nile Dinner cruise : $20

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Cairo $8.83

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Qasr Al Hosn: Entry Tickets with 1 GB Data eSIM: $8.12
  • Sea Breeze Boat Tour: $8.17
  • Fast-Track Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Hosn: $8.37
  • Qasr Al Watan Museum Abu Dhabi Ticket: $17
  • Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi: $17
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Entry Ticket with Bonus eSIM: $17
  • Qasr Al Watan Admission Ticket: $18
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • Shop & Eat in Abu Dhabi’s Markets Like a Local Walking Tour: $19
  • Abu Dhabi Tour App, Hidden Gems Game and Big UAE Quiz (1 Day Pass): $19
  • Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Admission Ticket: $20
  • Admission Ticket To Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi: $20

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $1.30
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $9.98

Tours and Activities in Cairo

Here are a few actual costs in Cairo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop in Cairo: $5.00
  • Dahshur Pyramids Skip the Line Entry Tickets : $6.62
  • El Sultan Hassan Mosque Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets: $6.84
  • Cairo Shopping Tour.: $7.00
  • Baron Empain Palace Entry Tickets: $7.94
  • Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hasan Entry Ticket: $7.94
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $8.71
  • Skip the Line Coptic Museum Entry Ticket: $8.74

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Cairo $1.80

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairo

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cairo:

  • Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks: $60


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and Cairo is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Abu Dhabi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Abu Dhabi than you might in Cairo.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Abu Dhabi Expensive? and Is Cairo Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Cairo, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Abu Dhabi and Cairo. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Abu Dhabi year-round. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In July, Abu Dhabi usually receives more rain than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In Abu Dhabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. Abu Dhabi usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo during summer. Abu Dhabi gets 331 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 350 hours of full sun in the summer.

It's very hot in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Cairo in the summer. The daily temperature in Abu Dhabi averages around 35°C (95°F) in July, and Cairo fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Abu Dhabi as well as Cairo. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

Abu Dhabi usually gets more rain in October than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. In the autumn, Abu Dhabi often gets more sunshine than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 314 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 290 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Cairo. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Abu Dhabi in October average around 29°C (84°F), and Cairo averages at about 23°C (73°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo in the Winter?

Both Cairo and Abu Dhabi are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Abu Dhabi throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Abu Dhabi usually receives less rain than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.

It's quite sunny in Cairo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi usually receives more sunshine than Cairo during winter. Abu Dhabi gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 221 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Abu Dhabi is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 18°C (64°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Cairo in the Spring?

Both Cairo and Abu Dhabi during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Abu Dhabi because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round.

Abu Dhabi usually gets more rain in April than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Abu Dhabi. In the spring, Abu Dhabi often gets more sunshine than Cairo. Abu Dhabi gets 297 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 276 hours of full sun.

Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Cairo in the spring. The daily temperature in Abu Dhabi averages around 27°C (81°F) in April, and Cairo fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)