A Travel Price Comparison for Madagascar Antsiranana vs. Antananarivo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Antsiranana or Antananarivo?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antsiranana or Antananarivo, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Antsiranana or Antananarivo?

Antsiranana

Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.

Antananarivo

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Madagascar, The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Madagascar, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Madagascar.


Which place is cheaper, Antananarivo or Antsiranana?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Antsiranana is $90, while the average daily cost in Antananarivo is $72. 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 Antsiranana and Antananarivo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antsiranana $43
    Antananarivo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antsiranana $86
    Antananarivo $60
Compare Hotels in Antsiranana and Antananarivo

Looking for a hotel in Antsiranana or Antananarivo? 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 Antsiranana


Hotels in Antananarivo


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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.

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Antsiranana or Antananarivo?

Prices for flights to both Antananarivo and Antsiranana 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
    Antsiranana $35
    Antananarivo $29

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antsiranana $19
    Antananarivo $24

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: $868
  • 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: $2,007
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $205
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • Madagascar Adventures on Tana, West, East, North, and South: $2,600
  • Madagascar: Andasibe and Nosy Be Tour in one week: $2,800
  • Private Ambohimanga and Ironwork Shop Tour from Antananarivo: $88

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antsiranana $10
    Antananarivo $9.65


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


Which is Bigger, Antsiranana or Antananarivo?

Antananarivo has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Antsiranana. When comparing the sizes of Antsiranana and Antananarivo, 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.