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

Should you visit Antananarivo or Rabat?

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 Rabat 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 Rabat?


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.


While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which place is cheaper, Rabat or Antananarivo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Antananarivo is $70, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $44. 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 Rabat in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antananarivo $29
    Rabat $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antananarivo $58
    Rabat $54
Compare Hotels in Antananarivo and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Antananarivo or Rabat? 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 Rabat

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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 Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antananarivo $14
    Rabat $2.11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $63
  • Private Transfer: Madagascar Antananarivo - Antananarivo Airport: $47

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

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

  • Taxi to Sale

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Rabat Salé Airport: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $22
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat Medina and Back: $25
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $26
  • 1-Way Private Transfer to or from Rabat Airport: $31
  • Private Transfer from or to Salé and Rabat: $36
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $42
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $44
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Rabat City: $44
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $51

Is it cheaper to fly into Antananarivo or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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
    Rabat $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Street food and Cooking class tour in Antananarivo: $111
  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Small Group Cooking Classes with Tour of Rabat : $36
  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $50
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $66
  • Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $76
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antananarivo $23
    Rabat $2.84

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: $866
  • 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: $146
  • From 9 days unique adventure trip to Tulear!: $1,705
  • 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 Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Antananarivo: $35
  • Private Tour Through the Wildlife of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Rova: $138

Tours and Activities in Rabat

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rabat.

  • SUP Adventure Rabat (kayaking, stand up paddle , boating) VIP: $15
  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • Rabat tour ;Small Group Guided Walking tour in the City of Light: $44
  • Private Surf Experience in Rabat: $44
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Private Walking Guided Cultural Stroll with Licensed Tour Expert: $53
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Private Guided City Walking Tour: $62
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $64
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour in Rabat: $65
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Rabat Tasting Tour in the Old Town: $80

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antananarivo $9.39
    Rabat -

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

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

Which is Bigger, Antananarivo or Rabat?

Rabat has a larger population, and is about 19% larger than the population of Antananarivo. When comparing the sizes of Antananarivo and Rabat, 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.