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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Marrakech?

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 Marrakech can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Marrakech?

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.

Marrakech

Marrakech is on of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco. It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains only a few hours from the Sahara Desert. It's a beautiful city that is often referred to as the "Pink City" because of the pale pink color of many of the city's buildings. These striking colors make the city particularly beautiful during the evening hours when the low sun creates a very dramatic lighting.

Which place is cheaper, Marrakech 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 Marrakech is $69. 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 Marrakech in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Marrakech? 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 Marrakech


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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 Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Marrakech $6.31
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:

  • Yas Waterworld General Admission with Transfers: $106
  • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi Tickets With Meal and Transfers : $99
  • Warner Bros World and Ferrari World Combo Ticket with transfer from Dubai: $204
  • Warner Bros World Ticket's -Abu Dhabi Without Transfer: $220
  • Warner Bros General Admission with Transfers: $134
  • Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi From Dubai Included Transfer and Tickets: $235
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Abu Dhabi HTL-APT(AUH): $52
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Abu Dhabi APT-HTL(AUH): $56
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Abu Dhabi City - Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $61
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)- Abu Dhabi City: $61
  • Transfer in private minivan from Abu Dhabi City - Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $67
  • Transfer in private minivan from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)- Abu Dhabi City: $67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

Also for Marrakech, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Marrakech Airport Transfer: $5.01
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer: $5.49
  • Transfer from Al Madina Airport: $5.86
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.59
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer (ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.59
  • Marrakech Airport transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.59
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer (ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.59
  • Marrakech airport transfer to Hotel: $6.59
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $7.14
  • Marrakesh: 1-Way Private Transfer to Menara Airport: $7.54
  • Private transfer from airport Menara Marrakech To Riad/Hotel or Opposite way: $7.69
  • Marrakech City Center Private Airport Transfer: $8.00

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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
    Marrakech $13

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 (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $81
  • Abu Dhabi desert safari with sand boarding with BBQ dinner | MyHolidaysAdventures: $82

Typical Food Prices in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Orange Juice on the Square
    $0.30
  • Breakfast
    $1.20
  • Dates
    $0.60
  • Olives
    $0.90
  • Sandwich
    $1.29
  • Souvenir Spices
    $6.19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Magic & Wonder dinner with Sunset in Agafay Desert: $1.24
  • Dinner In Agafay Desert & Camel Ride with lovely Sunset : $12
  • Magical Dinner in Marrakech Desert and camel ride at sunset with Transportation: $15
  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $19
  • Romantic Dinner in Agafay desert with Camel Ride on Sunset: $19
  • Desert Agafay Dinner at Nomad Camp and Camel Ride: $21
  • Restaurant Dinner Experience with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Marrakesh: Agafay desert Sunset tour with dinner show : $22
  • Dinner at Sunset & Camel ride in Marrakech desert Agafa: $22
  • Magical Dinner in Marrakech Desert with Transportation: $22
  • Typical Moroccan Dinner at the inhabitant in Marrakech: $22

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Marrakech $7.02

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour : $100
  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Admission Ticket To Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi: $20
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Hotel Pickup: $101
  • Ferrari World Entrance ticket : $95
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • 17 Minutes Helicopter Tour in Abu Dhabi: $245
  • 2 Days 2 Park- Ferrari World +Yas Waterworld Or Warner Bros World Combo Tickets: $155
  • 2 Hours Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise: $84

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Palace Tickets
    $2.00
  • Golf at Atlas Golf
    $56

Tours and Activities in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • full-day guided Atlas Mountains tour: $4.34
  • Tour of a Moroccan Leather Workshop (by Germans): $5.17
  • Skip the Line: Woven History Museum Ticket - musée Histoire Tissée: $6.77
  • 7 Hours Ourika Valley Day Tour From Marrakech : $7.00
  • Marrakesh: Cactus Thiemann Entry Ticket: $8.27
  • Atlas Mountains Tour with Camel Ride: $9.00
  • Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech Private Day Tour: $9.99
  • Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain and Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech: $10
  • Atlas Mountains Waterfall & Camel Ride Experience: $10
  • Marrakech Airport to Hotel – Your Premium Arrival Experience: $11
  • Group shared day tour to Ourika valley & Atlas Mountains: $12
  • Essaouira Full-Day tours From Marrakech with pickup : $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Marrakech $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marrakech:

  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide & Drinks: $28
  • Moroccan Wine tasting from Marrakech at Atlas Mountains & Desert and Camel ride: $110


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Abu Dhabi and Marrakech, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. And not only is Marrakech much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and Marrakech 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 Marrakech would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Marrakech 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 Marrakech.

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 Marrakech Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Marrakech?

Marrakech has a larger population, and is about 39% larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Marrakech, 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.