A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Aqaba vs. Cairo

Should you visit Aqaba or Cairo?

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

Aqaba

Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

Which city is cheaper, Cairo or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $57, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $28. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Aqaba and Cairo in more detail.




Accommodation

A hotel room in Aqaba is about $78 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Cairo is $38. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $39
    Cairo $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $78
    Cairo $38


Food

On average, meal and food prices in Aqaba cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.

Food in Cairo costs travelers about $3.62 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aqaba $15
    Cairo $3.62

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Suhaila (The Authentic Cooking Experience): $50

Typical Food prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • From Dinner & Show at a Nile cruiser: $12
  • Dinner Cruise into the History: $13
  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • From Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $16
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile.: $19
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile: $19
  • Cairo 2-Hour Nile River Cruise with Dinner and Pickup: $20
  • Cairo dinner cruise includes dinner belly dancing show pickup & all transfers: $21
  • Dinner on a boat in Luxor Nile Cruise with oriental dance: $21
  • Dinner on the river nile and party: $23
  • Nile Cruise Dinner at the Nile with Oriental Show: $24
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Aqaba is $5.08 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The cost of a taxi ride in Cairo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.11 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cairo.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $5.08
    Cairo $6.11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • (Price per vehicle 4-Pax) Aqaba Transfer to/from King Hussein Bridge: $216
  • Aqaba Transfer to/from Dead Sea: $183
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Or TalaBay: $20
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Amman Airport: $95
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $45
  • King Hussein Int Airport Transfers: $25
  • Petra Transfer to/from Aqaba: $129
  • Private Departure Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Amman Airport: $133

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.26
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.96

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 2 Cairo and giza day tours with round transfer from airport: $131
  • 2 Days Tours package Include airport transfers (Cairo & Alexandria): $182
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including 2 airport Transfers: $130
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free Transfer from Airport: $101
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free airport Transfers: $190
  • 2 day tours in Cairo with round airport transfer: $132
  • 2 days tour in cairo and Giza and transfer from cairo airport to hotel Free: $115
  • 2 days tours in Cairo with round transfer from airport: $140
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour with Free Airport Transfers: $263
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3-Day Private Tour: Giza, Cairo, and Alexandria with Airport Transfer: $320


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Cairo typically cost an average of $8.30 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba -
    Cairo $8.30

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Henna and Kohl Drawings Experience: $52
  • Sesame Bars with Honey & Roasted Dates Cores Coffee Experience: $61
  • Discover the coral reefs in Aqaba - Scuba experience for beginners: $63
  • Mosaic Art Experience: $71
  • Bottled Sand Art Experience: $72
  • Sayiadya local food Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Date Molasses Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Sea Glass Jewelry Making Experience: $80
  • Wadi Rum Day Tour: $81

Typical Entertainment prices in Cairo

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


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $2.55
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $20

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Giza Pyramid, Sakkara & Memphis Full-Day Private Tour: $6.24
  • Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour: $7.00
  • Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum Half Day Private Tour: $7.48
  • Cairo City Tour: $8.58
  • Private Tour of the Pyramids: $9.71
  • Pyramids Day Tour: $10
  • Day_tour :Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx: $11
  • Virtual Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum: $12
  • Egypt Virtual Tour of Tomb of King Tut: $12
  • Private Day Tour at Pyramids, Sakkara And Dahshur: $13
  • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cairo may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $1.72 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba -
    Cairo $1.72



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aqaba and Cairo, we can see that Aqaba is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Aqaba is in Middle East and Cairo is in Africa, 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 Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo 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 Aqaba would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Aqaba than you might in Cairo.

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