A Travel Price Comparison for Egypt Aswan vs. Alexandria for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Aswan or Alexandria?

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

Should I visit Aswan or Alexandria? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Aswan or Alexandria?


Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.


There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Egypt, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Egypt, The Best 2-Week Tours in Egypt, and The Best River Cruises in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Alexandria or Aswan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aswan is $17, while the average daily cost in Alexandria is $17. 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 Aswan and Alexandria in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $6.87
    Alexandria $8.15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $14
    Alexandria $16
Compare Hotels in Aswan and Alexandria

Looking for a hotel in Aswan or Alexandria? 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 Aswan

Hotels in Alexandria

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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: Aswan Hotel Prices and Alexandria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $4.42
    Alexandria $2.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Overnight trip Trip from Aswan to Luxor With Transfers and Guide: $250
  • Private Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise : $8.00
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $78
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $35
  • 3-Days Travel Into The History to Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers: $299
  • Abu Simbel Shared Transfer: $20
  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise: $12
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $19
  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $19
  • Aswan Airport Private Transfer: $24
  • Aswan Airport Private Transfer: $6.00

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Alexandria:

  • Taxi to Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $17
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria City Hotels: $17
  • Alexandria to Alexandria Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $26
  • Private Transfer From Alexandria City To Cairo Airport: $40
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer from 6 of October City to El Cairo (CAI) Airport: $53
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $74
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $76
  • Private transfer from Luxor to Alexandria: $246
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $255

Is it cheaper to fly into Aswan or Alexandria?

Prices for flights to both Alexandria and Aswan 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
    Aswan $5.84
    Alexandria $6.58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $77
  • Your Grandmothers Cooking Class In Aswan : $90
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

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

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $6.23
    Alexandria $3.56
Typical Entertainment Prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:

  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two

Tours and Activities in Aswan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Aswan are as follows:

  • Kalabsha Temple Entry Tickets: $4.30
  • Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan Entry Ticket: $6.33
  • Philae Temple Entry Ticket: $11
  • Day Trip to Nubian Village with Camel Tour: $15
  • Unfinished Obelisk Entry Tickets Included Pickup And Drop Off: $16
  • Philae temple entry ticket: $16
  • City Tour in Aswan by Bicycle : $17
  • 2 Hours Tour in Philae Temple: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $19
  • Horse Carriage Ride with a Private Tour in Aswan: $20
  • Tour Elephantine Island Agha Khan and Botanic Garden by Felucca : $20
  • Private Car And Day Tour To Philae Temple & High Dam in Aswan: $20

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Skip The Line Bibliotheca Alexandria Entry Ticket: $4.30
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.30
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria: $4.30
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Roman Theater in Alexandria: $6.28
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Catacomb of Kom eL Shoqafa: $6.28
  • Alexandria Library Skip the line Access Entry Ticket: $6.28
  • Library of Alexandria Entry Ticket Included Pickup And Drop Off: $6.45
  • Citadel of Qaitbay E-ticket with Audio Tour and City Audio Tour: $12

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aswan $1.27
    Alexandria $1.37

When comparing the travel costs between Aswan and Alexandria, we can see that Alexandria is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Aswan or Alexandria?

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