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

Should you visit Alexandria or Marrakech?

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

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Marrakech?


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 The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground.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


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Marrakech or Alexandria?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Alexandria is $16, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $68. 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 Marrakech in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.92
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria 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 Alexandria

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: Alexandria Hotel Prices and Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.46
    Marrakech $6.28
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:

  • transfer from Alexandria to Cairo airport, Cairo & Giza hotels: $45
  • Private transfer from Luxor to Alexandria: $246
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt : $160
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $74
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Cairo Int Airport (CAI): $72
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $17
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria City hotels to Alexandria Port : $17
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria: $26
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • Private Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria To Cairo: $130
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • Airport Marrakech Transfer one way: $22
  • Marrakech Airport Private Transfer: $13
  • Transfer Marrakech airport pick-up & drop-off: $7.08
  • Transfer Marrakech to Agadir & Marrakech to Agadir One way: $116
  • private transfer : Marrakech from or to Oualidia Beach & hôtels: $77
  • private transfer to or from Marrakech and Taroudant one trip: $99
  • transfer from Marrakech city to Agadir city (AGA) one-way: $83
  • "Marrakech to Chefchaouen: Your Exclusive Private Transfer": $250
  • "Marrakech to El Jadida: Private Transfer for Your Comfort": $110
  • "Marrakech to Rabat: Enjoy a Private Transfer with Ease": $130
  • 2h Buggy Adventure in the Marrakech Desert with Transfer and Tea Break: $44
  • Agadir private transfer from Imouzzer Ida Ou Tanane to Agadir airport (AGA): $106

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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 $6.39
    Marrakech $13

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
  • From Giza: Sound&light show, Giza pyramids and Dinner on the Nile: $94

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:

  • Dinner In Agafay Desert & Camel Ride with lovely Sunset : $12
  • Agafay Desert Sunset, Camel Ride and Dinner from Marrakech: $15
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $19
  • All-inclusive Dinner show & sunset experience in Agafay desert : $21
  • Sunset in Agafay: Dinner, Camel, Quad-Book Adventure with Viator: $22
  • From Magical Dinner with Camel Ride in the Desert!: $23
  • Marical dinner and camel ride at sunset in Desert of Marrakech: $24
  • Marrakesh: AGAFAY DESERT Sunset Tour with Dinner Show: $28
  • Magical Dinner in the Desert Agafay with Camel Ride and Sunset: $28
  • Dinner and Sunset Camel Ride at desert Marrakech Agafay : $28
  • Agafay Desert: Dinner + Show with Quad Bike & Sunset Camel Ride: $28
  • Sunset Dinner in Marrakech Desert with Camel Ride: $28

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.46
    Marrakech $6.99

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Alamain Private Day Tour from Alexandria Port : $160
  • National Museum and Egyptian museum Private Tour in Egypt: $258
  • 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: $173
  • 2 Day Tour Visit the Top Attractions of Alexandria City: $155
  • 6-Hour Day Tour in Alexandria: $95
  • 8 Days Ultra Luxury Cairo, Alexandria & Nile 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

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:

  • Skip the Line: Woven History Museum Ticket - musée Histoire Tissée: $6.78
  • 7 Hours Ourika Valley Day Tour From Marrakech : $7.00
  • Atlas Mountains Tour with Camel Ride: $9.00
  • Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech Private Day Tour: $9.99
  • Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain and Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech: $10
  • Marrakech Airport to Hotel – Your Premium Arrival Experience: $11
  • High Atlas Adventure: Discover Ourika Valley and Berber Culture: $11
  • Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains, Valleys & Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech: $12
  • Small Group Day Tour to Ourika Valley from Marrakech: $15
  • Quad Biking Tour In agafay desert (private tour) : $15
  • Historical Marrakech Walking Tour: $15
  • Full Day Hiking Tour to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech: $15

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.33
    Marrakech $15

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

Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Marrakech?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Marrakech. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria 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.