A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Alexandria vs. Boston for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Alexandria or Boston?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Alexandria and Boston can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Boston?

Alexandria

There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest and most historic cities in New England. It is also the capital of the state of Massachusetts and the largest city in the region. The city proper covers 48 square miles and has a population of more than 600,000. The Greater Boston area has 4.5 million people and is the tenth largest metropolitan area in the country.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best 2-Week Tours from Anchorage, and The Best 2-Week Tours from San Francisco.


Which place is cheaper, Boston or Alexandria?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Alexandria is $17, while the average daily cost in Boston is $255. 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 Alexandria and Boston in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Boston $166
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Boston $332
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Boston

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Boston? 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 Alexandria


Hotels in Boston


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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: Alexandria Hotel Prices and Boston Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Boston $37
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Alexandria:


  • Taxi to Train Station
    $0.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $16
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria Port: $16
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria City Hotels: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer in Alexandria: $22
  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria: $26
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • transfer from Alexandria to Cairo airport, Cairo & Giza hotels: $45
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer around El Nouzha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria: $63
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Boston

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Boston are as follows:


  • Taxi
    $35
  • Subway Daily Pass
    $9.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Boston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Boston:

  • Boston hotels to Flynn Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $116
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Boston Airport BOS to Boston City in Luxury SUV: $130
  • Boston Logan Airport (BOS) to Boston - Arrival Private Transfer: $79
  • Boston Logan Airport to Killington/Okemo Private Transfer: $285
  • Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS) to Flynn Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $38
  • Boston to Boston Logan Airport (BOS) - Departure Private Transfer: $79
  • Boston’s Logan International Airport to Providence – Arrival Private Transfer : $171
  • Flynn Cruise Port Boston to Boston hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $116
  • Flynn Cruise Port to Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS)- Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Flynn Cruiseport Boston to Boston city Arrival Private Transfer: $116
  • Limo Private Transfer Boston to Logan International Airport : $160
  • Limo Private Transfer Logan International Airport to Boston: $160

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Boston?

Prices for flights to both Boston and Alexandria 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
    Alexandria $6.43
    Boston $49

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

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

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Boston

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

  • Boston's North End Pizza & History Walking Food Tour: $49
  • Boston's North End Small Group Food Tour : $81
  • Ultimate Boston Food Tour: North End & Boston Public Market: $89
  • Union Square, Somerville Neighborhood Food Tour: $90
  • Boston Small-Group Walking Food Tour With Tastings: $115
  • Boston Signature Dinner Cruise: $117
  • Boston Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey: $138
  • Boston 4th of July Plated Dinner Cruise: $166
  • Boston New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Cruise: $271

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Boston $33

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

Here are a few actual costs in Alexandria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Citadel of Qaitbay Entry Ticket : $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Tickets With Pickup and Drop Off: $3.80
  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • The Ancient Roman Theater Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.37
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria: $4.37
  • Entry Ticket To The Citadel of Qaitbay: $4.37
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Roman Theater in Alexandria: $6.37

Typical Entertainment Prices in Boston

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


  • Two Tickets to Celtics Game
    $101
  • Duck Tour
    $32

Tours and Activities in Boston

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

  • The Mysterious Porcelain Club Quest Experience in Harvard Yard: $5.66
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Boston North End: $5.75
  • Boston Freedom Trail Self-Guided Tour with Audio Narration & Map: $9.99
  • Boston Civil War and Abolition Movement: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.99
  • Self-guided adventure hunt: Discover St. Petersburg: $13
  • Boston Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Real Pirates Salem Museum General Admission Ticket: $17
  • Ultimate Historic Salem and Witch Trials Self-Guided Walking Tour: $17
  • Public Innovation Trail Tour in Cambridge: $20
  • Harvard Business School Public Tours: $22
  • Old Salem Ghost Tour with Ghost Hunting Gear: $22
  • Public MIT Campus Guided Walking Tour: $22

For more ideas for your next trip, check out Free Things to Do in Boston, Must-See Monuments and Memorials In Boston, and The Best Things To Do in Boston with Kids.


Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Boston $27

Sample the Local Flavors in Boston

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Boston:

  • Salem Ghosts Boos and Brews Haunted Pub Crawl: $27
  • Salem Booze and Brews Haunted Pub Crawl by US Ghost Adventures: $28
  • Boston Haunted Pub Crawl: $30
  • Boston Small-Group Freedom Trail History Tour Pub Crawl: $60


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

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


Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Boston?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Boston. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Boston, 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.


When is the best time to visit Alexandria or Boston?

Boston has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Alexandria experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Alexandria or Boston in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Alexandria and Boston. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Alexandria year-round. Also, most visitors come to Boston for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Alexandria is a little warmer than Boston. Typically, the summer temperatures in Alexandria in July average around 26°C (79°F), and Boston averages at about 73°F (23°C).

In July, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Boston. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Boston receives 2.9 inches (74 mm) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Alexandria 26°C (79°F) 
    Boston 73°F (23°C)

Should I visit Alexandria or Boston in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Alexandria as well as Boston. Alexandria attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Boston because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Alexandria is generally much warmer than Boston. Daily temperatures in Alexandria average around 22°C (72°F), and Boston fluctuates around 54°F (12°C).

Alexandria usually gets less rain in October than Boston. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Boston receives 3.3 inches (84 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Alexandria 22°C (72°F) 
    Boston 54°F (12°C)

Should I visit Alexandria or Boston in the Winter?

Both Boston and Alexandria are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Alexandria throughout the year. Also, the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine are the main draw to Boston this time of year.

It's quite cold in Boston in the winter. Alexandria is much warmer than Boston in the winter. The daily temperature in Alexandria averages around 13°C (55°F) in January, and Boston fluctuates around 29°F (-2°C).

In January, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Boston. Alexandria gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Boston receives 3.4 inches (87 mm) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Alexandria 13°C (55°F) 
    Boston 29°F (-2°C)

Should I visit Alexandria or Boston in the Spring?

Both Boston and Alexandria during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Alexandria because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Boston for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Alexandria is much warmer than Boston. Typically, the spring temperatures in Alexandria in April average around 19°C (66°F), and Boston averages at about 48°F (9°C).

Alexandria usually gets less rain in April than Boston. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Boston receives 3.5 inches (89 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Alexandria 19°C (66°F) 
    Boston 48°F (9°C)

Typical Weather for Boston and Alexandria

Alexandria Boston
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in) 29°F (-2°C) 3.4 inches (87 mm)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 30°F (-1°C) 3.7 inches (94 mm)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 38°F (4°C) 3.7 inches (95 mm)
Apr 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 48°F (9°C) 3.5 inches (89 mm)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 58°F (15°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 68°F (20°C) 3.1 inches (79 mm)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 73°F (23°C) 2.9 inches (74 mm)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 72°F (22°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 64°F (18°C) 3.1 inches (79 mm)
Oct 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 54°F (12°C) 3.3 inches (84 mm)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 45°F (7°C) 4.3 inches (108 mm)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in) 33°F (1°C) 3.9 inches (99 mm)