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

Should you visit Amman or Cairo?

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 Cairo. 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 Cairo?

Amman

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.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, and The Best Historical Tours in Egypt.


Which place is cheaper, Cairo 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 Cairo is $17. 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 Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Cairo $9.36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Cairo $19
Compare Hotels in Amman and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Cairo? 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 Cairo


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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 Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Cairo $2.99
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amman

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


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

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

  • Private Transfer from Amman Airport to Amman Hotel : $20
  • Active Aqaba Private Transfer from to Amman or Airport or Dead Sea: $60
  • Airport Private Transfer to or from Amman or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $60
  • Airport Transfer To Dead Sea Hotel: $59
  • Airport Transfer to Any Hotel In Amman: $37
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to Amman City: $68
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Transfers: $60
  • Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel: $35
  • Amman Airport Transfer to/from Multi Destinations: $55
  • Amman Airport private Transfers From/To multi destinations : $24

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.08
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • transfer from Cairo airport to the hotel in Cairo or Giza: $20
  • private transfer from or to cairo international Airport: $15
  • one transfer from airport to Cairo Giza hotels or hotels to Cairo airport: $22
  • VIP Meet and Assist at Cairo Airport with Private Hotel Transfer: $35
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Cairo APT-HTL (CAI): $33
  • Transfer your private departure from your hotel to Cairo Airport: $20
  • Transfer to Cairo & Giza Hotels From Cairo Airport: $35
  • Transfer from Hurghada to Luxor (sharing ): $109
  • Transfer from Cairo to Alexandria ( Private ): $55
  • Transfer from Cairo to Ain El Sokhna : $70
  • Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $11
  • Transfer from Cairo Airport to the Hotels in Cairo or Giza : $18

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Amman $34
    Cairo $4.75
Typical Food Prices in Amman

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


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

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 Day or Night Amman Sightseeing - Optional Cooking or Wine Tasting Tour : $51
  • 3 course dinner with a sommelier: $56
  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $71
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • 3-Hours Guided Food Tour in Amman: $130

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Cairo Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show With Pickup Service: $8.78
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $12
  • Cairo Night Dinner With Belly Dancer Show With Pickup & Drop Off: $13
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $15
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $18
  • Cairo Food Tour with Nile Felucca Ride : $18
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • Giza Pyramids, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, Night and Dinner Cruise on Nile: $19
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Private Cairo Food Tour : $20
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $23

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Cairo $5.75

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
  • Private City Tour With Optional Traditional Food in Amman: $20
  • JR The Wine Experience: $26
  • Amman Shooping Tour: $35
  • Private Sightseeing City Tour: $40
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed): $40
  • Amman : Must-See attractions Private walking tour: $43
  • History & Culture Immersion, City Tour Of Amman : $43
  • Half Day Private tour to Dead Sea From Amman. : $50
  • Amman Safe Tour: Authentic Cuisine, Local Experience & Souv.: $51
  • Half Day Tour: Jerash From Amman.: $52

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $0.84
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $6.49

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • 2 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days in Cairo & Giza Private Tour : $80
  • 2-Day Tour Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour: $290
  • 2-Days Tour at Cairo & Giza: $86
  • 2-Days Tours at Cairo & Giza : $143
  • 3-Day Cairo Top Attractions Exploration Tour: $180
  • 3-Day Tour at Cairo & Giza : $200
  • 3-Days Tour at Cairo (Customized Package): $229
  • 3-Days Tour in Siwa Oasis from Cairo : $217
  • 8-Hour Private Tour Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and local Bazaars: $26
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour to All Pyramids and Cairo and 2 evenings: $299
  • All Inclusive Full-Day Tour to Pyramids, Museum, mosque and Felucca: $79

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Cairo $1.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairo

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cairo:

  • Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks: $59


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amman and Cairo, we can see that Amman is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Amman is in Middle East and Cairo 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 Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo 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 Cairo.

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


Which is Bigger, Amman or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Amman. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Cairo, 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 Amman or Cairo?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Amman or Cairo in the Summer?

Both Cairo and Amman during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round.

Amman usually gets more rain in July than Cairo. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Amman. In the summer, Amman often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 350 hours of full sun.

In July, Amman is generally cooler than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 25°C (77°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Amman or Cairo in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Cairo. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Amman usually receives more rain than Cairo. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo during autumn. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 290 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Amman is cooler than Cairo in the autumn. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 20°C (68°F) in October, and Cairo fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Amman or Cairo in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Amman as well as Cairo. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

Amman receives a lot of rain in the winter. Amman usually gets more rain in January than Cairo. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. In the winter, Amman often gets less sunshine than Cairo. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 221 hours of full sun.

In the winter, Amman is much colder than Cairo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Amman in January average around 8°C (46°F), and Cairo averages at about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Amman or Cairo in the Spring?

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

In April, Amman usually receives more rain than Cairo. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.

It's quite sunny in Cairo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo during spring. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 276 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Amman is generally cooler than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 16°C (61°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Amman

Amman Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)