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

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Lyon?

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

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

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.


Lyon, located within the region of Southeastern France, is France's third largest city in terms of population, with just over 500,000 inhabitants. This makes the city large, yet still small and personable enough to be explored properly in a short visit. Known as the gastronomic capital of Europe, your culinary needs are exceptionally well catered to here, and for those with historical and cultural interests, you will never be at a loss for new things to do and see.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Paris, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Paris.

Which place is cheaper, Lyon 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 Lyon is $135. 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 Lyon in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $43
    Lyon $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $86
    Lyon $114
Compare Hotels in Addis Ababa and Lyon

Looking for a hotel in Addis Ababa or Lyon? 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 Lyon

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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 Lyon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $7.76
    Lyon $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:

  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $26
  • Addis Ababa Airport in/out transfer: $49
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • Lalibela Full Day Tour with Guide and Transfer: $130
  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lyon

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

  • Funiculaire
  • Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Bus

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lyon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lyon:

  • Private Transfer Grenoble Airport GNB - Grenoble Ski Resort: $230
  • Lyon Saint Exupery Airport to Morzine Avoriaz Round Trip Transfer: $186
  • Lyon Saint Exupery Airport to Meribel - Arrival Private Transfer: $181
  • Lyon Saint Exupery Airport(LYS) to Alpe d'Huez - Arrival Transfer: $164
  • Lyon Private Transfer from Lyon city centre to Lyon (LYS) Airport: $131
  • Private Transfer: (LYS) Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport to Lyon: $125
  • Group transfer from Lyon airport to City Center: $119
  • Lyon : Private Transfer from/to Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport: $119
  • Private Transfer: Port of LYON to Lyon Airport LYS in Luxury Van: $103
  • Lyon Saint Exupery Airport(LYS)to Aix-les-Bain-RoundTrip Transfer: $94
  • Arrival Transfer: Lyon Airport LYS to Lyon City in Business Car: $91
  • 1-Way Private Transfer from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport: $81

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Lyon?

Prices for flights to both Lyon 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 $17
    Lyon $44
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:

  • 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
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • Food Tour & cooking Authentic Flavours Of Ethiopia: $150
  • 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: $242

Typical Food Prices in Lyon

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lyon are as follows:

  • Pastry

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lyon

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

  • Lyon Food Tour by bike: $51
  • No Diet Club - Unique food tour in south Lyon: $64
  • Street Food Tour: $65
  • Croix-Rousse District Vegan Food Tour with Tastings: $65
  • Guided Food Tour with Tastings: $67
  • Afternoon Old Town Food tour: $77
  • Cultural Walking Food Tour in the Vieux Lyon District: $78
  • Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise: $81
  • Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch: $93
  • Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Wine: $94
  • Old Town Food Tour: $97
  • Bakeries, Chocolate, and Patisseries Food Tour: $101

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.01
    Lyon $22

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Ababa city tour.: $49
  • Hidden treasures of Addis Ababa - full day city tour: $52
  • Addis Ababa Tour: $53
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $55
  • Addis Ababa highlight city tour: $56
  • Guided City Tour: $59
  • Addis Ababa city Tour: $60
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa : $60
  • Addis Ababa highlights of the city tour: $62
  • Guided City Tour / Addis Ababa Guided City Tour: $63
  • Addis Ababa Guided City Tours: $63
  • A guided tour of Addis Abeba that includes a city viewpoint: $65

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lyon

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lyon are as follows:

  • Lunch for 2

Tours and Activities in Lyon

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

  • 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of Lyon: $27
  • 3-Hour Gourmet Tour of the Presqu’île in Lyon: $77
  • Access to a Self-Guided Tour of the archaeological site of Lyon: $9.85
  • Access to a Self-Guided Tour to Traboules de Croix-Rousse: $9.85
  • Alternative Tour: Murals and Hidden Frescoes of Lyon: $46
  • An unusual city tour with sketches: $65
  • Beaujolais Wine Discovery - Half Day - Small group tour from Lyon: $108
  • Beaujolais Wines & Castles - Private Tour - Half Day: $269
  • Best Intro Tour of Lyon with a Local: $141
  • Cheese and Wine Accord Tour at Château de Champ-Renard: $55
  • Christmas Time in Lyon Walking Tour: $507
  • Cruise and Brunch on the Saône: $39

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.62
    Lyon $25

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
  • Night Tour Addis Ababa beer and wine tasting: $65
  • Pub crawl Addis Ababa: $69

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lyon

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Lyon from other travelers:

  • Drinks for 2
  • Bottle of Wine

Sample the Local Flavors in Lyon

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

  • Music Tour with Wine Tasting: $97
  • Lyon Old Town Food & Wine Tasting Tour including a Bouchon Lyonnais : $99
  • Lyon Music & Wine tasting: $104
  • Half-Day Côte-Rotie Wine Tasting Tour: $107
  • From Beaujolais Region Wine Tour with Tastings: $107
  • From Beaujolais Wine Tasting Day Tour: $107
  • Beaujolais: Half-Day Wine Tour: $107
  • From Guided Beaujolais Tour with Wine Tasting: $107
  • Golden stones Beaujolais Wine Tour with Tastings from Lyon: $108
  • The Original Syrah Wine Tour (9:00 am - 1:30 pm) - Small Group Tours from Lyon: $108
  • Guided tour and wine tasting Northern Rhône Valley: $108
  • The Original Syrah Wine Tour (2:00 pm - 6:30 pm) - Small Group Tour from Lyon: $108

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Addis Ababa and Lyon, we can see that Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lyon 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 Lyon Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Addis Ababa or Lyon?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Lyon. When comparing the sizes of Addis Ababa and Lyon, 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.