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

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Marrakech?

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

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

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.


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 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 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 Addis Ababa and Marrakech in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $44
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $88
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Addis Ababa and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Addis Ababa 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 Addis Ababa

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: Addis Ababa Hotel Prices and Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $7.87
    Marrakech $6.31
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:

  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • Private Transfer from Addis Ababa to Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD): $110
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Bole International Airport to Addis Ababa City Transfer: $51
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299
  • Transfer Services Addis Abeba Airport : $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • Private Transfer From Marrakech To Fez: $445
  • Private Transfer From Fez To Marrakech: $445
  • One way transfer from Fes to Marrakech: $362
  • Private Transfer between Marrakech and Casablanca: $311
  • Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From chefchaoun: $299
  • Marrakesh to Casablanca: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $298
  • Agadir private transfer from Ouirgane to Agadir airport (AGA): $291
  • Transfer Marrakech to Tangier: $287
  • Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From Tangier: $286
  • Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From Meknes: $279
  • Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From Merzouga: $275
  • Agadir private transfer from Imlil to Agadir airport (AGA): $272

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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
    Marrakech $13
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

Typical Food Prices in Marrakech

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

  • Orange Juice on the Square
  • Breakfast
  • Dates
  • Olives
  • Sandwich
  • Souvenir Spices

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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.12
    Marrakech $7.02

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Ababa City Tours Full-Day Tours : $113
  • Airport Layover Tour | Addis highlights, National Palace, Coffee Ceremony: $200
  • “Addis Ababa City Tours”: $75
  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $180
  • 2 Days Awash National Park Safari Tours: $280
  • 2 Days Private Tour in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $211
  • 3 Day Private Meskel Festival, Addis Ababa City and Debre Libanos Monastery Tour: $300
  • 3 Days Meskel Festival Package-Addis Ababa City Tour/Debre Libanos Monastery: $256
  • 9 Days Omo Valley and Danakil Danakil Depression tour: $3,879
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $180
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience : $105
  • Addis Ababa Authentic Private City Tour: $75

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

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

  • Palace Tickets
  • Golf at Atlas Golf

Tours and Activities in Marrakech

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

  • 10 Hour Ouarzazate Tour from Marrakech: $44
  • 3 Day Private Desert Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Dunes With Camel Trek: $275
  • 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech ending in Fez city: $253
  • 3 Days Tour - Marrakech To Fez via Sahara Desert Erg chebbi: $166
  • 3Days sahara Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert luxury camp: $143
  • 4 Days Small Group Tour from Marrakech To Merzouga: $187
  • Agafay Desert: Three Valley Guided Tour From Marrakech : $29
  • Atlas Mountains &Berber family & berber village experience : $93
  • Atlas Mountains Horseback Ride Day Tour From Marrakech : $50
  • Atlas Mountains and Berber villages & Waterfalls Day Tour from Marrakech : $25
  • Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages and Waterfall Tour: $25
  • Berber Experience Atlas and Sahara: $197

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.71
    Marrakech $15

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

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 comparing the travel costs between Addis Ababa and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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 Marrakech Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Addis Ababa or Marrakech?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Marrakech. When comparing the sizes of Addis Ababa 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.