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

Should you visit Aqaba or Marrakech?

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

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


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.


Marrakech is on of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco. It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains only a few hours from the Sahara Desert. It's a beautiful city that is often referred to as the "Pink City" because of the pale pink color of many of the city's buildings. These striking colors make the city particularly beautiful during the evening hours when the low sun creates a very dramatic lighting.

Which place is cheaper, Marrakech or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $126, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $69. 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 Aqaba and Marrakech in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Marrakech? 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 Marrakech

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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 Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Marrakech $6.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • transfer from aqaba airport to aqaba city(or hotel ): $50
  • Wadi Rum to Petra Private Transfer: $80
  • Wadi Rum to Aqaba Port Private Transfer: $80
  • Wadi Rum to Aqaba Border Terminal Private Transfer: $85
  • Wadi Araba Border (Eilat) Private Transfer To Petra: $135
  • Transfers from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba city: $50
  • Transfers , Meet & Assistance at Wadi Araba Crossing Border : $133
  • Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $48
  • Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Amman Airport: $101
  • Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Petra: $60
  • Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

Also for Marrakech, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Airport Marrakech Transfer one way: $22
  • Hammam and Massage Experience with Transfers: $71
  • Marrakech Airport Private Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer Agadir airport - Marrakech: $165
  • Private Transfer From Marrakech To Fez: $209
  • Transfer Marrakech to Agadir & Marrakech to Agadir One way: $115
  • private transfer : Marrakech from or to Oualidia Beach & hôtels: $77
  • transfer Marrakech from/to Essaouira one way trip .: $49
  • transfer from Marrakech city to Agadir city (AGA) one-way: $82
  • transfer from or to marrakech airport & ourika day trip package: $33
  • "Marrakech to Chefchaouen: Your Exclusive Private Transfer": $250
  • "Marrakech to El Jadida: Private Transfer for Your Comfort": $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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 Meals for one day
    Aqaba $42
    Marrakech $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Explore Wadi Rum: Jeep Tour, Bed and Breakfast, and Dinner: $43
  • Suhaila (connecting through cooking): $50
  • Overnight in Bedouin Camp. Dinner and breakfast included.: $56
  • 4 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $68
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $70
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight in Bedouin Camp & Dinner : $76
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $87
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight & Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $88
  • Wadi Rum New Year Eve Party (Jeep Tour + Dinner + Music + Fireworks + Overnight): $112
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner Under the Stars: $135
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169

Typical Food Prices in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Orange Juice on the Square
  • Breakfast
  • Dates
  • Olives
  • Sandwich
  • Souvenir Spices

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Magic & Wonder dinner with Sunset in Agafay Desert: $1.24
  • Dinner In Agafay Desert & Camel Ride with lovely Sunset : $12
  • Magical Dinner in Marrakech Desert and camel ride at sunset with Transportation: $15
  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $19
  • Romantic Dinner in Agafay desert with Camel Ride on Sunset: $19
  • Desert Agafay Dinner at Nomad Camp and Camel Ride: $21
  • Restaurant Dinner Experience with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Marrakesh: Agafay desert Sunset tour with dinner show : $22
  • Dinner at Sunset & Camel ride in Marrakech desert Agafa: $22
  • Magical Dinner in Marrakech Desert with Transportation: $22
  • Typical Moroccan Dinner at the inhabitant in Marrakech: $22

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Marrakech $7.02

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Day Tour in Jeep Tour with Bedouin Guide: $81
  • Discover the Depths: Aqaba's Ultimate private Dive Experience: $55
  • Full-Day Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum without Overnight Stay: $85
  • Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba : $248
  • Wadi Rum Safari Tours: $108
  • 02 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum : $37
  • 03 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $47
  • 04 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $63
  • 05 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $68
  • 06 Hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum : $84
  • 1 Day & 1 Night | Stay & Jeep + Camel Tour in Wadi Rum | Magic Bedouin Star: $136
  • 1 Day Camel tour with lunch: $100

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Palace Tickets
  • Golf at Atlas Golf

Tours and Activities in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • full-day guided Atlas Mountains tour: $4.34
  • Tour of a Moroccan Leather Workshop (by Germans): $5.17
  • Skip the Line: Woven History Museum Ticket - musée Histoire Tissée: $6.77
  • 7 Hours Ourika Valley Day Tour From Marrakech : $7.00
  • Marrakesh: Cactus Thiemann Entry Ticket: $8.27
  • Atlas Mountains Tour with Camel Ride: $9.00
  • Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech Private Day Tour: $9.99
  • Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain and Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech: $10
  • Atlas Mountains Waterfall & Camel Ride Experience: $10
  • Marrakech Airport to Hotel – Your Premium Arrival Experience: $11
  • Group shared day tour to Ourika valley & Atlas Mountains: $12
  • Essaouira Full-Day tours From Marrakech with pickup : $14

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Marrakech $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marrakech:

  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide & Drinks: $28
  • Moroccan Wine tasting from Marrakech at Atlas Mountains & Desert and Camel ride: $110

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

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

Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Marrakech?

Marrakech has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Marrakech, 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.