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

Should you visit Antananarivo or Philadelphia?

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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia?


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.


Philadelphia is the fourth largest urban area, and the fifth largest city in the United States. It's located in southeastern Pennsylvania and has a rich history, having once been the capital of the United States. The city has very impressive architecture, museums, universities, and entertainment venues. It's a cultural and artistic center for the country and it continues to climb as a top travel destination.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Madagascar, The Best 2-Week Tours from Anchorage, and The Best 2-Week Tours from San Francisco.

Which place is cheaper, Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia is $188. 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 Philadelphia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antananarivo $29
    Philadelphia $119
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antananarivo $58
    Philadelphia $238
Compare Hotels in Antananarivo and Philadelphia

Looking for a hotel in Antananarivo or Philadelphia? 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 Philadelphia

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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 Philadelphia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antananarivo $14
    Philadelphia $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Philadelphia

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

  • One Way Private Airport Transfer: $80
  • Private Transfer: Philadelphia Airport PHL to Philadelphia in Business Car: $96
  • Private Transfer: Philadelphia Airport PHL to Philadelphia in Luxury SUV: $106
  • Philadelphia Airport (PHL) to Philadelphia - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $133
  • Philadelphia City to Washington City - Private Car Transfer: $137
  • Philadelphia to Newark International Airport (EWR) - Departure Private Transfer : $172
  • Philadelphia City to New York City - Private Car Transfer: $192
  • Philadelphia to New York Airport (JFK) Departure Transfer : $193
  • Philadelphia Airport (PHL): Private Transfer to Philadelphia: $358

Is it cheaper to fly into Antananarivo or Philadelphia?

Prices for flights to both Philadelphia 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 $28
    Philadelphia $49

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

Typical Food Prices in Philadelphia

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

  • Casual Lunch (for 3)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Philadelphia

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

  • Locals' Favorites Food Tour: $52
  • Best of Philly Food Tour: $55
  • Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise: $58
  • Center City Philadelphia Food Tour with Reading Market : $59
  • 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour: $61
  • Flavors of Philly Food Tour: $65
  • Bites and Booze: Walking Food Tour in Philadelphia : $65
  • Philadelphia's Delicious Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $65
  • Chef-Led Taste of the Italian Market Food Tour: $80
  • Secret Food Tours Philadelphia w/ Private Tour Option: $85
  • Highlights of East Passyunk Food Tour: $85
  • Secret Food Tour: $86

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antananarivo $24
    Philadelphia $28

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • 4-Hours Night Tour of Antananarivo: $110
  • Antananarivo : Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $35
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $25
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $204
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • Private Ambohimanga and Ironwork Shop Tour from Antananarivo: $87
  • Private Tour Through the Wildlife of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Rova: $138

Typical Entertainment Prices in Philadelphia

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Philadelphia's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Big Bus Tour (family of 3)

Tours and Activities in Philadelphia

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

  • Art and Controversy: An audio tour of Philadelphia's most infamous art scandals: $5.40
  • Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.40
  • Self Guided Walking Tour of Story of Rebels of the Revolution in Old Town Philly: $6.49
  • Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $6.69
  • Solve the Case Quest Experience in Philadelphia: $7.19
  • Road to Revolution GPS Walking Audio Tour: $8.99
  • Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Philadelphia Architecture: Discover Every American Style on a GPS Audio Tour: $9.99
  • The Road to Revolution: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Philadelphia: $9.99
  • Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Philadelphia by Operation City Quest: $10
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Allentown by Wacky Walks: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antananarivo $9.48
    Philadelphia $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Philadelphia

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

  • Liberty History Tour Pub Crawl: $45
  • Guided Tour with Pub Crawl: $45
  • Half-Day Philadelphia's Brewery Bike Tour with Tastings: $100
  • Guided Craft Brewery Tours with a Snack: $120

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antananarivo and Philadelphia, we can see that Philadelphia is more expensive. And not only is Antananarivo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Antananarivo is in Africa and Philadelphia is in North 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 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 Philadelphia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Philadelphia 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 Antananarivo Expensive? and Is Philadelphia Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Antananarivo or Philadelphia?

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