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

Should you visit Antananarivo or Rome?

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 Rome 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 Rome?


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.


Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

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

Which place is cheaper, Rome 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 Rome is $185. 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 Rome in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antananarivo $30
    Rome $97
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antananarivo $60
    Rome $194
Compare Hotels in Antananarivo and Rome

Looking for a hotel in Antananarivo or Rome? 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 Rome

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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 Rome Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antananarivo $14
    Rome $23

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 Rome

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rome:

  • Metro Ride (for Two)
  • Train to the Airport
  • Taxi to Airport
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • Shuttle Bus Transfer to or from Ciampino Airport: $6.51
  • Bus Transfer Between Airport and Rome Termini Station: $6.51
  • Tickets for Bus Transfer to or from Ciampino Airport: $7.48
  • Shuttle Bus Transfer to or from Fiumicino Airport: $7.59
  • Transfer Fiumicino Airport - Rome center: $7.73
  • Transfer Rome center - Ciampino Airport: $7.73
  • Transfer Rome center - Fiumicino airport: $7.73
  • Bus Transfer from Rome to Milan or Vice Versa: $14
  • Civitavecchia Port to/from Vatican City Bus Transfer: $16
  • Transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Rome Termini: $17
  • Ciampino Airport Rome (CIA) to Rome - Arrival Private Transfer: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer: Rome Hotels to Train Station: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Antananarivo or Rome?

Prices for flights to both Rome 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
    Rome $52

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: $166
  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

Typical Food Prices in Rome

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

  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Cafe e doce
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
  • Cheese and bread
  • Espresso
  • Dinner

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Award-Winning Roman Food Tours: $31
  • Rome City Center Largest Farmers Market and Street Food Tour : $32
  • Rome Food Tour with Wine Tasting and Farmers Market in Prati Area: $32
  • Dinner in Carbonara,Amatriciana,Cacio&Pepe e wine tasting : $35
  • Roman Dinner & History Tour: An Epic Journey Through Time: $38
  • Tasty Trionfale Farmers Market Food Tour and Local Wines Tasting: $39
  • Leonardo Da Vini, Wine and Pizza Painting Class: $43
  • Vatican Street Food Tour and Wine Experience with Local Guide: $43
  • Wine Tasting and Food Tour at Vatican and Trionfale Farmers: $43
  • Tiber River Urban Rafting Tour with Roman Pizza: $43
  • Pub Crawl and Ultimate Party with Open Bar and Pizza: $43
  • Traditional Pizza Making Cooking Class: $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antananarivo $24
    Rome $39

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: $87
  • Private Tour Through the Wildlife of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Rova: $138
  • Day - Tour Ampefy: $146
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $205
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • 3 days -Wildlife and Lemur discovery Tour to Andasibe: $868
  • From 9 days unique adventure trip to Tulear: $2,007

Typical Entertainment Prices in Rome

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

  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
  • Roma Pass
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
  • Segway Tour

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • Bergamo Old Town: Discovery Walk & Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Self Guided Audio Tour with 100 Captivating Stories in Rome: $3.30
  • Piazza del Popolo and Historical Sights Walking Tour in Rome: $3.31
  • Bergamo Old Town: City Exploration Game and Tour: $5.42
  • Civitavecchia's Stories and Secrets: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • Twilight Treasures: An Evening Tour Through Rome's Rich History: $5.51
  • What Emperor Hadrian Lost: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Ancient Rome: $5.99
  • Testaccio: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Rome's Food Traditions: $5.99
  • Audio Guided Archaeological Colosseum Tour in Rome: $5.99
  • PANTHEON Rome Audio Tour Experience: $5.99
  • 360 Virtual Tour of Ancient Ostia: $6.00
  • Trieste: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $6.50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antananarivo $9.61
    Rome $20

Typical Alcohol Prices in Rome

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Rome:

  • Bottle of Wine
  • Pint of Beer
  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rome:

  • Cabaret and Burlesque Show Entry Ticket: $33
  • Food & Wine Tour by the Vatican City: $48
  • The Best Wine Tasting in Trastevere with food pairing and Gelato: $50
  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide & Drinks: $53
  • Tipsy Tour: Fun Bar Crawl In Rome With Local Guide : $54
  • Guided Wine Tasting Experience in a Roman Vineyard: $54
  • Agricultural Brewery Tour in the Roman Countryside: $55
  • Wine Tour in Historic Center of Rome: $55
  • Small-Group Exclusive Winery and Wine Tasting Tour in Frascati: $61
  • Frascati Wine Tasting Experience & Vineyards Tour : $65
  • EAT AND DRINK LIKE A LOCAL - Wine Tasting in Trastevere w/ Gelato: $66
  • Pasta Making Class & Wine Tasting in a Trasteve Villa: $69

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antananarivo and Rome, we can see that Rome 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 Rome is in Europe, 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 Rome would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rome 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 Rome Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Antananarivo or Rome?

Rome has a larger population, and is about 84% larger than the population of Antananarivo. When comparing the sizes of Antananarivo and Rome, 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.