A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Addis Ababa vs. Accra for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Accra?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Addis Ababa or Accra, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Addis Ababa or Accra?

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.


Accra is the capital city of Ghana, located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Popular attractions include the National Museum of Ghana, local beaches, markets, and cultural landmarks like those dedicated to Civil Rights activist W.E.B. DuBois.

Which place is cheaper, Accra or Addis Ababa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Addis Ababa is $68, while the average daily cost in Accra is $41. 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 Addis Ababa and Accra in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $44
    Accra $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $88
    Accra $40
Compare Hotels in Addis Ababa and Accra

Looking for a hotel in Addis Ababa or Accra? 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 Addis Ababa

Hotels in Accra

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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: Addis Ababa Hotel Prices and Accra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $7.87
    Accra $18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:

  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $19
  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Transfer Services Addis Abeba Airport : $23
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Accra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Accra:

  • Aburi Gardens Transfers: $187
  • Kotoka Airport Exclusive Wheelchair Accessible Transfers!: $130
  • Historic Slave Walking Tour of Jamestown with Transfers: $127
  • Airport & City Transfers: $120
  • Kotoka Airport Exclusive Wheelchair Accessible Transfers!: $115
  • Private Transfer from Kotoka Airport Accra Ghana (ACC) to Accra city: $110
  • Arrival Transfer From Accra Airport To Hotel: $100
  • Accra Airport Hotel City Transfers: $58

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Accra?

Prices for flights to both Accra and Addis Ababa 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 Meals for one day
    Addis Ababa $18
    Accra $10
Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Addis Ababa:

  • Slice of Cake

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Half Day Food Tour Addis Ababa With Airport pickUp And Drop-Off: $59
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $62
  • City Tour, Food Tour, Shopping in mercato: $72
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Culinary Class and Food Tour in Addis Ababa : $82
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $120
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Ababa City Tour: $140
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Accra

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

  • Private Ghanaian Cuisine Cooking Class: $40
  • Local Ghanaian Cooking Class in Accra to help support wellness community center: $45
  • Home Cooking Class by Auntie K: $89
  • Cooking Class with Auntie KK in Osu: $89
  • Accra Street Food Tour: Makola Market Tour With Full Lunch: $95
  • Ghanaian Cooking Class Authentic Tour: $100
  • Private Crescendo Foods Cooking Class Experience in Accra: $116
  • Accra Food Tour -- delicious happiness: $129
  • Quad Biking, Landmark Tours and Dinner in Aburi: $206
  • Ghanaian Local Foods Cooking Class: $216
  • Food Tour in Accra: $276

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.12
    Accra $3.67

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Addis Ababa.

  • Addis Ababa City Tour: $46
  • City tour of Addis, Transit in Addis by car: $51
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $55
  • Historical and sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa: $55
  • Addis Ababa highlight city tour: $56
  • Addis Ababa City Tours Full Day With Hotel Pickup And Drop Off: $58
  • Full Day Tour of Addis Ababa With Hotel PickUp And Drop-off: $58
  • Guided City Tour: $59
  • Addis Food Tasting Tour : $59
  • Addis Ababa city Tour: $60
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa : $60
  • Guided City Tour / Addis Ababa Guided City Tour: $63

Tours and Activities in Accra

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

  • 1 Day Accra City Tour: $71
  • Accra City Tour: $101
  • Accra E-waste and Recycling experience in Agbogbloshie: $100
  • Accra Zoo, Canopy Walk and Botanical Gardens Private Tour: $145
  • Accra to Cape Coast Tour: $195
  • Cape Coast Elmina Kakum Park Private Day Tour: $165
  • Cape Coast Root ,History, & Active Adventure tour: $174
  • The Akosombo Tour: $160
  • 1 Day Cape Coast Castle and Assin Manso Slave Riva Private Tour: $280
  • 1 Day cocoa farm tour: $235
  • 2-day Tour of Downtown Accra: $216
  • 3 Days Special Tour of Ghana: $950

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.71
    Accra $5.26

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • The Pub Crawl Royale: A Battle of the Best Drinks: $65
  • Locally crafted beer and wine tasting and nightlife in Addis tour: $65

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Addis Ababa and Accra, we can see that Addis Ababa is more expensive. And not only is Accra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Accra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Accra 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 Addis Ababa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Addis Ababa than you might in Accra.

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

Which is Bigger, Addis Ababa or Accra?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 40% larger than the population of Accra. When comparing the sizes of Addis Ababa and Accra, 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.