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

Should you visit Antsiranana or Rabat?

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

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


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.


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 Antsiranana?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Antsiranana is $88, 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 Antsiranana and Rabat in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antsiranana $42
    Rabat $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antsiranana $84
    Rabat $54
Compare Hotels in Antsiranana and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana

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: Rabat Hotel Prices.

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

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:

  • Transfer Rabat to Tetouan: $147
  • Transfer Rabat to Tangier: $146
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Safi: $168
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Mohammedia: $60
  • Transfer Rabat to Meknes: $103
  • Transfer Rabat to Marrakech: $196
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $52
  • Transfer Rabat to Fes: $116
  • Transfer Rabat to Essaouira: $265
  • Transfer Rabat to El Jadida: $116

Is it cheaper to fly into Antsiranana or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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 $34
    Rabat $12

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.
    Antsiranana $18
    Rabat $2.84

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $64
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Enchanting Rabat Walking Tour for Couples: $115
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Fes Full-Day Private Tour from Rabat with hotel pickup : $132
  • From Casablanca:9Days Unforgettable Desert Tour To Marrakesh: $1,919
  • From 4 Days 3 Nights Sahara Desert Tour: $718
  • From Tangier Guided Day Tour by High-Speed Train: $106
  • Gems of Rabat Walking Tour: $115
  • Luxury Morocco: 5-Day Private Guided Tour from Casablanca: $1,393
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour In Rabat: $83
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour in Rabat: $65

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antsiranana $9.78
    Rabat -

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antsiranana and Rabat, we can see that Antsiranana 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 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 Rabat.

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

Which is Bigger, Antsiranana or Rabat?

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