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

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Budapest?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Addis Ababa or Budapest, 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 Budapest?

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.

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Budapest, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest.


Which place is cheaper, Budapest or Addis Ababa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Addis Ababa is $67, while the average daily cost in Budapest is $93. 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 Budapest in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $43
    Budapest $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $86
    Budapest $102
Compare Hotels in Addis Ababa and Budapest

Looking for a hotel in Addis Ababa or Budapest? 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 Budapest


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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 Budapest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $7.76
    Budapest $11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Lalibela Full Day Tour with Guide and Transfer: $130
  • Addis Ababa Airport in/out transfer: $49
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $26
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $20

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Budapest:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $7.20
  • Metro Pass
    $3.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • T72 Tank Driving with Hummer Transfer: $1,638
  • Budapest - Hungary to Bucharest - Romania /Private Transfer: $1,308
  • Bucharest - Romania to Budapest - Hungary /Private Transfer: $1,199
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Prague: $1,074
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Zagreb: $944
  • Transfer from Vienna to Budapest: $716
  • Budapest-Vienna Private Transfer by Luxury Vehicle: $651
  • From Bucharest: One-way Private Fast Transfer to Budapest: $651
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Vienna: $597
  • Private transfer between Budapest and Vienna: $477
  • Budapest-Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Transfer: $298
  • Budapest-Bratislava One-Way Sightseeing Transfer: $298

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Budapest?

Prices for flights to both Budapest 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Addis Ababa $17
    Budapest $24
Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.12

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:

  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $62
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Ethiopian cooking class: $86
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Food Tour & cooking Authentic Flavours Of Ethiopia: $120
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $154
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Coffee Ceremony at a Home in Addis Ababa: $168
  • Cooking Class and City Tour in Addis Ababa: $193
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $243

Typical Food Prices in Budapest

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


  • Lunch
    $3.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Downtown Budapest Cruise with Pizza and Beer: $45
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $46
  • Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks: $53
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour (full meals): $53
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour / Local delights: $57
  • Private Street Food Tour: $60
  • Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music: $75
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $76
  • Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne: $87
  • Lángos (Hungary’s nr1 streetfood) cooking class: $88
  • Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.01
    Budapest $23

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • 2 Days Awash National Park Safari Tours: $295
  • 3 Days Meskel Festival Package-Addis Ababa City Tour/Debre Libanos Monastery: $256
  • 3 Days Visiting Harar and Dire Dawa Tours: $480
  • 4 Hours Addis Ababa highlights city tour from Bole airport: $75
  • 5 Days Visiting Tigray Churches Tours: $1,200
  • 6-Days Bale Mountain Trekking and Wildlife Spotting Tour: $900
  • 9 Days Omo Valley and Danakil Danakil Depression tour: $3,905
  • A guided tour of Addis Abeba that includes a city viewpoint: $65
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $180
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience : $105
  • Addis Ababa Authentic Private City Tour: $75
  • Addis Ababa Bole Airport Culinary and Walking Tour : $69

Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $7.06

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • Private Budapest city tour with a daytime Danube river cruise: $243
  • 1.5 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - To The Castle Area : $50
  • 2 Hour Budapest Market and Tasting Tour: $57
  • 2 Hours Buda Castle Walking Tour - Walk with a Historian: $40
  • 2 Hours Budapest Walking Tour with A Private Guide: $131
  • 2-Hour Private Budapest Castle Walking Tour: $128
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $26
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $28
  • 3 Cocktail Cruise Budapest : $39
  • 3-Hour Budapest E-Bike Adventure!: $50
  • 3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest: $38
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Budapest: $27

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.62
    Budapest $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub crawl Addis Ababa: $55
  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • Night Tour Addis Ababa beer and wine tasting: $69

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

Also in Budapest, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • 5-Hour Pub Crawl through Ruin Bars: $22
  • Private, Personalized Pub Crawl, 5 drinks included: $22
  • Ultimate Budapest Pub Crawl: $23
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $25
  • Budapest Original Ruin Pub Crawl Including 5 Shots: $28
  • Ruin Bar Pub Crawl with Entry Tickets: $29
  • Detective Pub Crawl Game by App: $39
  • Drunken History Bar Crawl Tour with Local Drinks: $42
  • Tipsy Tour Fun Bar Crawl with a Local Guide: $42
  • Drunken History Ruin Pub Walking Tour: $43
  • Tipsy Ruin Pub Crawl Tour with 4 Drinks Included: $43
  • 8-Tier Hungarian Wine Tasting in a Cozy Downtown Wine Bar: $48


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Addis Ababa and Budapest, we can see that Budapest is more expensive. And not only is Addis Ababa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Addis Ababa is in Africa and Budapest is in Europe, 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 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 Budapest would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Budapest than you might in Addis Ababa.

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 Budapest Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Addis Ababa or Budapest?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 63% larger than the population of Budapest. When comparing the sizes of Addis Ababa and Budapest, 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.