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

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Antsiranana?

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

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.

Antsiranana

Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.

Which city is cheaper, Antsiranana or Addis Ababa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Addis Ababa is $70, while the average daily cost in Antsiranana is $83. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Addis Ababa and Antsiranana in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Addis Ababa can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $45, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $90.

The prices for places to stay in Antsiranana can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $80.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $45
    Antsiranana $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $90
    Antsiranana $80

Food

The price of a meal in Addis Ababa can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The price of a meal in Antsiranana can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Addis Ababa $18
    Antsiranana $33
Typical Food prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.16

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:

  • Traditional Ethiopian cooking class in Addis Ababa: $61
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $65
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $77
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $90
  • HALF-DAY + dinner Addis Ababa: $95
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Abeba city tour: $97
  • Ethiopian Unique Culinary Food Tours: $98
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Food Tour, Addis Ababa and Lalibela: $124
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $129

Local Transportation

To get around in Addis Ababa, the average visitor spends $8.12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Antsiranana than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $13 on transportation in Antsiranana on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.12
    Antsiranana $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa Airport (ADD): $622
  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $622
  • Private arrival and departure Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $124
  • Private Transfer from Addis Ababa to Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD): $124
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $32
  • Bole International Airport to Addis Ababa City Transfer: $51
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $77

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Antsiranana?

Prices for flights to both Antsiranana 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.





Entertainment

In Addis Ababa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $8.38 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Antsiranana, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $17 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.38
    Antsiranana $17

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $150
  • 10 Days Ethiopia Tour Package (Including North and South): $3,550
  • 10 Days in Northern Ethiopia Tours: $3,520
  • 11-Day Bird Watching Tour from Addis Ababa: $3,558
  • 11-Day Historic Tour through Northern Ethiopia from Addis Ababa: $2,431
  • 13 Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia: $3,333
  • 14 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour Package (Danakil, Gondar, Axum and More): $2,800
  • 14-days Northern Ethiopia Tours: $5,744
  • 16 days tour to Historic, diverse landscapes and tribes of Ethiopia: $4,595
  • 2 Days Adventure in Awash National Park, Ethiopia: $433
  • 2 Days Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Tour from Addis Ababa: $615
  • 2 Days Nature Tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park: $572

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Addis Ababa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.92.

Typically, people visiting Antsiranana spend on average $9.25 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.92
    Antsiranana $9.25


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

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