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

Should you visit Antananarivo or Cusco?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Antananarivo and Cusco can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Antananarivo or Cusco?


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.


Cusco is most famous as the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It is in the southern Sierras and is one of the most popular travel destinations within Peru. The city is located at 3,400 meters above sea level so it is best to acclimate yourself slowly to avoid altitude sickness.

Cusco is the starting point for many travelers making their way to the famed Machu Picchu or other Inca sites in the surrounding area.

The city is very beautiful and has impressive architecture throughout. The history is obvious as you walk around town and there are impressive ruins nearby, with the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman. The city also has a significant indigenous population that is obvious from their traditional clothing and style.

Cusco has a subtropical highland climate with a pleasant daytime temperature year around. There are two distinct seasons with the dry season being between May and August and the wet season between December and March. During the dry season there is plenty of sun with occasional nighttime freezes. Frost is less common in the wet season.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Madagascar, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Cusco, and The Best 3-Day Tours from Cusco.

Which place is cheaper, Cusco or Antananarivo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Antananarivo is $71, while the average daily cost in Cusco is $50. 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 Antananarivo and Cusco in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antananarivo $30
    Cusco $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antananarivo $60
    Cusco $44
Compare Hotels in Antananarivo and Cusco

Looking for a hotel in Antananarivo or Cusco? 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 Antananarivo

Hotels in Cusco

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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: Antananarivo Hotel Prices and Cusco Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antananarivo $14
    Cusco $9.83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $43

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cusco

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cusco

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cusco:

  • One-Way Cusco Airport Departure Transfer: $5.40
  • Transfers in Cusco: $6.00
  • One-Way Cusco Airport Arrival Transfer: $6.12
  • One-Way Cusco Airport Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Private 1-Way Transfer to Velasco Astete Airport: $9.00
  • Cusco Airport Pickup and Transfer: $9.00
  • Pickup from Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel in Private vehicle: $9.52
  • Cusco Airport Arrival Transfer: $9.67
  • Transfer Hotel to Airport in Cusco | Private Service |: $10
  • Private transfers from Cuzco Airport to Hotels and Sacred Valley: $10
  • One-Way Airport Transfer to Hotel: $11
  • Transfer Cusco Airport - Hotel or Train Station: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Antananarivo or Cusco?

Prices for flights to both Cusco and Antananarivo 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
    Antananarivo $29
    Cusco $13

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

Typical Food Prices in Cusco

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cusco are as follows:

  • Sandwich
  • Mango

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cusco

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

  • Small-Group Virtual Ceviche Cooking Experience: $25
  • Small-Group Virtual Peruvian Cooking Experience: $25
  • Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa: $35
  • Cusco Tunupa Restaurant Folk Show with Dinner : $49
  • 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class: $49
  • Market Tour & Traditional Peruvian Cooking Class in Cusco: $53
  • CUSCO COOKING CLASS DINNER - Short & Immersive Cooking Class: $53
  • Cusco Cooking Class by ChocoMuseo in Cusco: $54
  • Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit: $55
  • Cooking Class and market tour with a local chef: $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Experience & Pisco Tasting in Cusco : $59
  • Peruvian Cooking Class, Cocktails, Market Tour in Cusco: $59

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antananarivo $24
    Cusco $29

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • Antanavario: Private custom tour with a local guide: $24
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $25
  • Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $30
  • Antananarivo : Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $35
  • Private Ambohimanga and Ironwork Shop Tour from Antananarivo: $86
  • 4-Hours Night Tour of Antananarivo: $87
  • Private Tour Through the Wildlife of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Rova: $136
  • Day - Tour Ampefy: $144
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $202
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • 3 days -Wildlife and Lemur discovery Tour to Andasibe: $856

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cusco

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cusco are as follows:

  • Salsa Class

Tours and Activities in Cusco

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

  • Por Free Walking Tour Cusco Centro Historico: $2.00
  • Free Walking Tour of Cusco: $2.00
  • Cusco Walking Tour historical visit: $5.00
  • Cusco Walking tour in English : $5.00
  • Cusco : Half Day City Tour: $9.00
  • Combined city tour cusco: $10
  • Cusco City Tour: $10
  • Cusco City Half-Day Tour: $12
  • Sightseeing Tour of the City on an Open-Top Bus: $12
  • Mirabus Cusco city tour | Panoramic view |: $12
  • Open-Top Bus City Tour: $12
  • CUSCO CITY TOUR 2024 Half Day Tour in Cuzco: $13

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antananarivo $9.56
    Cusco $9.34

Sample the Local Flavors in Cusco

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

  • Cusco Pub Crawl: Cusco Bar Hopping Experience : $18
  • Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Access and Drinks: $18
  • Cusco Pub Crawl - Bar Tour Cusco : $19
  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with more than 10 Benefits: $25

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

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

Which is Bigger, Antananarivo or Cusco?

Antananarivo has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Cusco. When comparing the sizes of Antananarivo and Cusco, 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.