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

Should you visit Alexandria or Dakar?

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

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Dakar?

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 The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground.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

Dakar

Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

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


Which place is cheaper, Dakar 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 Dakar is $61. 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 Dakar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Dakar? 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 Dakar


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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Dakar $5.34
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 Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Round-Trp Private Transfer: $72
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Airport Transfer - Aéroport international Blaise Diagne to Dakar: $120
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $210
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $120
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $82
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Saly Zone (two directions): $65
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $205
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $205
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66
  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $197

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar 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
    Dakar $20

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 Dakar

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


  • Breakfast
    $4.09

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Dakar $14

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 Dakar

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

  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $109
  • Private City Tour: $110
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $140
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour(Minimum 2 Participants): $142
  • Day tour in Dakar museum and monument : $142
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $159
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Dakar $8.96


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alexandria and Dakar, we can see that Dakar is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. 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 Dakar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dakar 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 Dakar Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Dakar?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 54% larger than the population of Dakar. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Dakar, 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 Dakar?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Alexandria or Dakar in the Summer?

Both Dakar and Alexandria are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Alexandria throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Dakar because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Dakar. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Dakar receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.

In the summer, Alexandria is around the same temperature as Dakar. Typically, the summer temperatures in Alexandria in July average around 26°C (79°F), and Dakar averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Alexandria 26°C (79°F) 
    Dakar 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Dakar in the Autumn?

Both Dakar 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. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Dakar year-round.

Alexandria usually gets less rain in October than Dakar. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Dakar receives 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

In October, Alexandria is generally cooler than Dakar. Daily temperatures in Alexandria average around 22°C (72°F), and Dakar fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Alexandria 22°C (72°F) 
    Dakar 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Dakar in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Alexandria and Dakar. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Alexandria year-round. Dakar attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In January, Alexandria usually receives more rain than Dakar. Alexandria gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Dakar receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.

Alexandria is much colder than Dakar in the winter. The daily temperature in Alexandria averages around 13°C (55°F) in January, and Dakar fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Alexandria 13°C (55°F) 
    Dakar 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Dakar in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Alexandria as well as Dakar. Alexandria attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Dakar throughout the year.

Alexandria usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Dakar. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Dakar receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the spring, Alexandria is around the same temperature as Dakar. Typically, the spring temperatures in Alexandria in April average around 19°C (66°F), and Dakar averages at about 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Alexandria 19°C (66°F) 
    Dakar 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Dakar and Alexandria

Alexandria Dakar
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Oct 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in) 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)