A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Antsiranana vs. Dakar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Antsiranana or Dakar?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antsiranana or Dakar, 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 Dakar?


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.


Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Madagascar, The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal.

Which place is cheaper, Dakar 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 Dakar is $61. 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 Dakar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antsiranana $43
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antsiranana $86
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Antsiranana and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Antsiranana or Dakar? 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 Dakar

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antsiranana $14
    Dakar $5.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $195
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $260
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $65
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $81
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $119
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $209
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Round-Trp Private Transfer: $72

Is it cheaper to fly into Antsiranana or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar 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 Meals for one day
    Antsiranana $35
    Dakar $19

Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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

  • Breakfast

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dakar

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

  • Senegalese Street Food Tour in Dakar: $105

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antsiranana $19
    Dakar $13

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • 2-day tour Lac rose- desert of Lompoul: $287
  • Accro Baobab Adventure Ticket Entry: $38
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $162
  • Pink Lake and Turtle Village Half-Day Tour: $200
  • Private City Tour: $108
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $157
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $136
  • From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour: $244
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour(Minimum 2 Participants): $142
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $108

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antsiranana $10
    Dakar $8.92

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

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

Which is Bigger, Antsiranana or Dakar?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Antsiranana. When comparing the sizes of Antsiranana and Dakar, 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.