A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Antananarivo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Antananarivo?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Amman and Antananarivo. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Antananarivo?


Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.


Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar; it is also sometimes referred to as Tana. This city is the cultural and political center of Madagascar as a whole. There are multiple universities, museums, and other social venues in the city, as well as a national rugby team. This city has a very apparent French influence.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Madagascar.

Which place is cheaper, Antananarivo or Amman?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $110, while the average daily cost in Antananarivo is $71. 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 Amman and Antananarivo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Antananarivo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Antananarivo $60
Compare Hotels in Amman and Antananarivo

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Antananarivo? 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 Amman

Hotels in Antananarivo

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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: Amman Hotel Prices and Antananarivo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Antananarivo $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:

  • Bus Ride (for Two)
  • RIde to Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

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

  • Queen Alia Intl Airport Private Transfer to Amman City or Hotels: $20
  • From Amman :Private transfer to Airport, Dead Sea and Petra.: $21
  • Private Transfer From Amman Airport to many cities: $21
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport: Private Transfer to Amman Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer from / to Amman Airport to Amman Hotel: $28
  • Petra Private Transfer to or from Amman or Airport or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $30
  • Private departure transfer from Amman to airport: $30
  • Private Transfer From or To QAIA and Amman: $30
  • Amman Airport Private Luxury Transfer To Amman, Jordan: $35
  • Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Antananarivo?

Prices for flights to both Antananarivo and Amman 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
    Amman $34
    Antananarivo $29
Typical Food Prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Pastries
  • Tea

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

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

  • Amman:Home resturant lunch and dinner: $37
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $113
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Private City and food tour in Antananarivo: $107
  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Antananarivo $24

Tours and Activities in Amman

For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • the apple bottom jeans experience 3: $1.14
  • Discover the hidden gems of Amman's Rainbow street on a self-guided audio tour: $5.00
  • JR The Wine Experience: $26
  • Downtown Walking tour. History, Food, Culture: $32
  • Full Day Amman Private City Tour: $35
  • Private Sightseeing City Tour: $40
  • Amman Tour: $41
  • Amman : Must-See attractions Private walking tour: $43
  • Amman At Night Walking Tour Authentic Cultural Experience: $46
  • Amman City Walking Tour, Traditions ,Culture, History & Food: $46
  • Amman Private City Tour: $50
  • Half Day Private tour to Dead Sea From Amman. : $50

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • 3 days -Wildlife and Lemur discovery Tour to Andasibe: $856
  • Antananarivo : Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $35
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $25
  • Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $30
  • Antanavario: Private custom tour with a local guide: $24
  • Day - Tour Ampefy: $145
  • From 9 days unique adventure trip to Tulear: $2,087
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $202
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • Madagascar Adventures on Tana, West, East, North, and South: $2,600
  • Madagascar: Andasibe and Nosy Be Tour in one week: $2,800

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Antananarivo $9.56

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Private Wine Tasting Tour in Amman: $64

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

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

Which is Bigger, Amman or Antananarivo?

Antananarivo has a larger population, and is about 9% larger than the population of Amman. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Antananarivo, 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.

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