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

Should you visit Alexandria or Madrid?

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

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Madrid?


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 The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground.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


Madrid, the capital of Spain, overs visitors countless opportunities to experience Spain's culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife. It is the largest city in Spain, and as such has much to explore. The city is situated on the Iberian Peninsula on the Spanish central Castillian plateau. If you're flying into Spain, you'll likely fly into the Madrid airport as it's one of the largest airports in Europe. Madrid is well connected to the rest of Spain with planes, trains and buses, making it a popular place to visit for many travelers doing a European tour.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best Contiki Tours to Spain, and The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain.

Which place is cheaper, Madrid 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 Madrid is $147. 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 Madrid in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Madrid $83
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Madrid $166
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Madrid? 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 Madrid

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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 Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Madrid $20
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

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

  • Taxi to Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private transfer from Alexandria to Luxor: $257
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $251
  • Private transfer from Luxor to Alexandria: $243
  • Private Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria To Cairo: $130
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $75
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $73
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65
  • Private Transfer around El Nouzha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria: $63
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • transfer from Alexandria to Cairo airport, Cairo & Giza hotels: $45
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Airport MAD Round-Trip Transfer in Private Van: $174
  • Alcobendas Private Transfer To Madrid Barajas Airport: $26
  • Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car from MAD Airport to Madrid: $53
  • Arrival Private Transfer from MAD Airport to Madrid in a Minibus: $144
  • Arrival Transfer from Bologna Airport BLQ to Bologna City by Van: $76
  • Arrival Transfer from Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Private Car: $80
  • Arrival Transfer: Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Luxury Van: $88
  • Departure Private Transfer from Madrid to MAD Airport by Van: $69
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Car: $80
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Van: $88
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Business Car: $80
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Luxury Van: $88

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid 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 Meals for one day
    Alexandria $6.43
    Madrid $36

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

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Madrid:

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream
  • Kebabs (for 2)
  • Croissant
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Madrid

For Madrid, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show, Dinner and Workshop Madrid Ticket: $53
  • Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid: $60
  • Madrid San Miguel Market and City Center Street Food Tour: $63
  • Spanish Tapas Experience and Sangría Showcooking in Madrid: $64
  • Madrid Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $65
  • Madrid Old Town Tour & Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner: $65
  • Paella and Tapas Cooking Workshop in Madrid: $66
  • The Authentic Madrid's Morning Food Tour: $69
  • Murder Mystery Dinner in Madrid Experience: $70
  • Madrid Tapas and History Food Tour : $82
  • Spanish Cooking Class: Paella, Tapas & Sangria in Madrid: $88
  • Madrid Flamenco Night and Dinner: $104

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Madrid $36

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Day Tour to Alamein and Alexandria: $169
  • Overnight Tour To Cairo from Alexandria Port: $270
  • Tour to The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria: $16
  • 10-Hour Historical Pyramids Tour from Alexandria Port: $130
  • 2 Day Tour Visit the Top Attractions of Alexandria City: $178
  • 6-Hour Day Tour in Alexandria: $95
  • 6-Hour Day Tour to Alexandria Attractions with Pickup Included: $81
  • 8Days Egypt Tour package UltraLuxury Cairo,Alexandria&cruise: $4,190
  • Alamein full day tour from Alexandria: $95
  • Alexandria : Rosetta Day Tour from Alexandria: $117
  • Alexandria : Tour to WadiElNatroun Monastery from Alexandria: $135
  • Alexandria By Night Private Free Walking Tours & Horse Carriage Ride: $75

Tours and Activities in Madrid

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

  • Self Guided Tours Madrid With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.27
  • Madrid Mountains Free Walking Tour: $3.28
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Madrid: $5.46
  • Wonders of Madrid Walking Tour : $5.47
  • 2 Hour Madrid Walking Tour : $5.47
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Cervantes Literary Experience in Madrid: $6.99
  • La Latina Quarter in Quest Experience: $7.10
  • Don Quixote Quest Experience in Madrid: $7.10
  • Escape the Inquisition in Quest Experience: $7.10
  • Wild West Quest Experience in Madrid: $7.10
  • A Self-Guided Tour of El Retiro Park’s Rise, Ruin and Redemption: $7.99
  • Manzanares River’s Story: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Madrid: $7.99

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Madrid $21

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Madrid are as follows:

  • Beer
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub crawl Madrid Erasmus Meet & Party Erasmus and International: $6.57
  • Madrid Pub Crawl with VIP Club Entrance: $11
  • Visit to the Winery with Wine Tasting and Appetizers in Navarra: $12
  • Pub Crawl Madrid & Party: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $19
  • Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor: $22
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $22
  • Wine Tour with tasting in the Natural Park of La Mata: $38
  • Wine Tasting in Madrid Experience: $50
  • Hypno Tasting Wine Tasting under Hypnosis in Madrid: $54
  • Toledo Tour with Tapas, Wine Tasting and Optional 7 Monuments Access: $60
  • Toledo Full Day with Winery Visit, Tapas & Wine Tasting : $71

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

Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Madrid?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 22% larger than the population of Madrid. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Madrid, 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.