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

Should you visit Alexandria or Cologne?

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 Cologne can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Cologne?

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 The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground.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.

Cologne

Spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, the city of Cologne dates back 2,000 years, once existing as the largest city of the Holy Roman Empire in medieval times. Today, it is the region's cultural hub - a center of museums, galleries, and towering Gothic cathedrals.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best Luxury Tours to Germany, and The Best Budget Tours to Germany.


Which place is cheaper, Cologne 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 Cologne is $173. 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 Cologne in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Cologne $98
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Cologne $196
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Cologne

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Cologne? 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 Cologne


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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 Cologne Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Cologne $20
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:

  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $75
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $252
  • Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria Borg Al Arab Airport To Cairo: $130
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • 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 Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $16
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $73
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt : $160
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cologne

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cologne:

  • Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Bonn hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $55
  • Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Bonn hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $109
  • Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Cologne hotels - Round-trip Private Transfer : $99
  • Cologne hotels to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) - Departure Private Transfer: $49
  • Superior Private Transfer from Cologne City to Dortmund City: $64
  • Transfer from Cologne Airport CGN to Cologne City by Luxury Car: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Cologne?

Prices for flights to both Cologne 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
    Cologne $54

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
  • Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner in The Best Restaurants: $45
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50
  • Private Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner : $80
  • From Giza: Sound&light show, Giza pyramids and Dinner on the Nile: $94

Typical Food Prices in Cologne

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cologne:


  • Dinner
    $15
  • Donner Kebab
    $4.30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cologne

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

  • Hard Rock Café with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • Hard Rock Cafe Cologne With Set Lunch or Dinner: $29
  • Köln Südstadt kulinarisch – Die Food Tour: $48
  • 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour: $482

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Cologne $22

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Citadel of Qaitbay Entry Ticket : $3.80
  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Entry Ticket To The Citadel of Qaitbay: $4.34
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to the Roman Theater in Alexandria: $4.34
  • Skip The Line Bibliotheca Alexandria Entry Ticket: $4.34
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.34
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Tickets: $6.39
  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket Included Pickup And Drop Off: $14

Tours and Activities in Cologne

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

  • Cologne Walking Tour: The essential and unmissable one: $3.20
  • Original funky-fun Free Tour of Cologne: $3.21
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.21
  • Germany eSIM Tourist Roaming Data Plan: $4.28
  • Cologne Witch Hunt Quest Experience: $5.56
  • Cologne Witch Hunt Quest Experience: $5.68
  • Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour: $5.89
  • City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $6.37
  • Aachen Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.57
  • Cologne Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.57
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $6.96
  • Aachen: Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App: $7.29

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Cologne $24

Sample the Local Flavors in Cologne

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cologne:

  • Old Town Walking Tour with Brewery and Kölsch Beer: $18
  • Public brewery tour in Cologne in English: $23
  • Public brewery tour in German in Cologne: $23
  • Old Town Walking Tour inkl Brewery Visit: $24
  • South Cologne Walking Tour with brewery visit: $27
  • Pub Crawl Cologne Including Admission Fee for Bars and Shots: $27
  • Entertaining Brewery Tour: Feel Good Package including local beer: $27
  • Brewery Tour with 3 Kölsch Beer Tastings: $29
  • Brewery Tour with Beer Tasting and Halven Hahn: $31
  • The Legendary Kölsch Brewery Tour: $32
  • The Legendary Kölsch Brewery Tour: $33
  • Cologne-Nippes: Gourmet wine tasting with cheese platter: $63


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


Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Cologne?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Cologne. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Cologne, 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 Cologne?

Cologne 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 Cologne in the Summer?

Both Cologne and Alexandria are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Alexandria throughout the year. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Cologne because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Alexandria is a little warmer than Cologne in the summer. The daily temperature in Alexandria averages around 26°C (79°F) in July, and Cologne fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

In July, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Cologne. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cologne receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Alexandria 26°C (79°F) 
    Cologne 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Cologne in the Autumn?

Both Cologne and Alexandria during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Alexandria because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cologne this time of year.

In the autumn, Alexandria is much warmer than Cologne. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Alexandria in October average around 22°C (72°F), and Cologne averages at about 12°C (54°F).

Alexandria usually gets less rain in October than Cologne. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cologne receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Alexandria or Cologne in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Alexandria and Cologne. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Alexandria year-round. Also, many travelers come to Cologne for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Cologne. In January, Alexandria is generally much warmer than Cologne. Daily temperatures in Alexandria average around 13°C (55°F), and Cologne fluctuates around 3°C (37°F).

In January, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Cologne. Alexandria gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Cologne receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Alexandria 13°C (55°F) 
    Cologne 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Cologne in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Alexandria as well as Cologne. Alexandria attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, many visitors come to Cologne in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Alexandria is much warmer than Cologne in the spring. The daily temperature in Alexandria averages around 19°C (66°F) in April, and Cologne fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

Alexandria usually gets less rain in April than Cologne. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cologne receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Alexandria 19°C (66°F) 
    Cologne 10°C (50°F)

Typical Weather for Cologne and Alexandria

Alexandria Cologne
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in) 3°C (37°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 7°C (44°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (50°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (58°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 62 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in) 4°C (39°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)