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

Should you visit Aqaba or Cairo?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Cairo, 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: Aqaba or Cairo?

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 $101, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $21. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Aqaba and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Cairo $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Cairo $22
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Cairo? 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 Aqaba


Hotels in Cairo


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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: Aqaba Hotel Prices and Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Cairo $3.79

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
    $0.13
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.50

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo and Aqaba 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
    Aqaba $34
    Cairo $6.03

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
    $0.07

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • 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: $25
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25
  • Special Bedouin Dinner+ watching oriental show: $26
  • Cairo Food Tour: $27

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Cairo $7.30

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
    $1.34
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $10

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • 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
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and Papyrus Making Demonstration: $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Cairo $1.49


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.


When is the best time to visit Aqaba or Cairo?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Aqaba or Cairo in the Summer?

Both Cairo and Aqaba are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Cairo. Aqaba gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Cairo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. Aqaba usually receives more sunshine than Cairo during summer. Aqaba gets 384 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 350 hours of full sun in the summer.

Aqaba can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Aqaba is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Temperatures in Aqaba average around 33°C (91°F), and Cairo stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Cairo in the Autumn?

Both Cairo and Aqaba during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

Aqaba usually gets less rain in October than Cairo. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Aqaba. In the autumn, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Aqaba gets 295 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 290 hours of full sun.

Aqaba is a little warmer than Cairo in the autumn. The temperature in Aqaba is usually 26°C (79°F) in October, and Cairo stays around 23°C (73°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Cairo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Aqaba and Cairo. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Cairo. Aqaba gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. Aqaba usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo during winter. Aqaba gets 234 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 221 hours of full sun in the winter.

In the winter, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Cairo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Aqaba in January are around 14°C (57°F), and Cairo is about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Cairo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Aqaba as well as Cairo. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Aqaba usually gets less rain in April than Cairo. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In the spring, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Aqaba gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 276 hours of full sun.

In April, Aqaba is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Temperatures in Aqaba average around 24°C (75°F), and Cairo stays around 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Aqaba

Aqaba Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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