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

Should you visit Athens or Cairo?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Athens and Cairo. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Athens or Cairo?

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.

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 place is cheaper, Cairo or Athens?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €127, while the average daily cost in Cairo is €25. 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 Athens and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Cairo 13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Cairo 26
Compare Hotels in Athens and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Athens 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 Athens


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: Athens Hotel Prices and Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Cairo 4.26
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Athens

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


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • Athens Airport To Piraeus Port / Hotel Private Luxury Transfer : $44
  • Athens to Piraeus (Athens) Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $33
  • Private Athens International Airport to Piraeus Port Transfer: $80
  • Private Transfer from /to Athens International Airport: $32
  • Transfer from Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport to Corinth-Loutraki-Agioi Theodoroi: $219
  • "Luxurious Transfer": $52
  • A mini Embark / Disembark Tour In Athens With Transfers from airport / port.: $272
  • AIRPORT TRANSFER in Athens : $29
  • Accessible Private Transfer WAV from Athens Airport to Port Rafina: $43
  • Airport Transfer: $110
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $29
  • Airport pick up taxi and minivans transfers ,tours and trips : $66

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    0.12
  • Taxi Ride
    0.45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • From Private Day Trip to Luxor w/ Transfer & Flights: $589
  • Private Transfers from Luxor to El Cairo: $389
  • 3 Private Full-Day Tours to Cairo Top Attractions+One Airport Transfer: $300
  • 3-Days Private Guided Tour Package Covering all Cairo,Lunch and Airport Transfer: $300
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Cairo - Sharm El Sheikh: One-Way or Return Private Transfer: $290
  • Private Transfer Cairo to Hurghada: $290
  • Full-Day Private Trip to Fayoum from Cairo, with Transfer: $286
  • 2 Days Private Guided Tours of Cairo and Giza with Free Cairo Airport Transfers: $280
  • 2 Days and 2 Evenings Private Tour in Cairo include airport transfer and M&A: $280
  • From One-Way Private Transfer To Luxor: $275
  • 2-Day Camping Tour in The Bahariya Oasis with Private Transfer: $274

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo and Athens 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
    Athens 37
    Cairo 6.77
Typical Food Prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

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

  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $24
  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Foodies’ Favorite Food tour: $46
  • Greek Street Food Tour: $48
  • Athens Street Food Tour: Explore City's Iconic Eateries: $49
  • Greek Traditional Vegan Cooking Classes in Athina: $53
  • Oriental Kitchen Cooking Classes in Athina: $53
  • Street Food Tour with Local Guide and 7 Tastings: $57
  • Small Group, Delicious Athens Food Tour: $59
  • Traditional Greek Cooking Class and Organic Lunch on Poros: $60
  • Greek Spirits & Meze, Food Tour in Athens: $63
  • Los Tacos - Vegan Cooking Classes in Athina: $64

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    0.06

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $11
  • Cairo Dinner Cruise On The Nile River With Private Transfer: $12
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $14
  • Unusual Cairo Food Tour : $15
  • Private Dinner Cruise on the Nile River in Cairo: $15
  • Nile dinner cruises in Cairo at night with different categories : $15
  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Private Transfer from Cairo: $16
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Super Safari ATV , Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Dinner, Show-Hurghada: $19
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $20

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Cairo 8.19

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • Self-guided First Discovery Walk and Reading Tour: $3.23
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour in Old Plaka: $3.71
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour into Byzantine Gems: $3.71
  • Acropolis Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.31
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Athens: $4.38
  • Hadrian's Library Skip-the-Line Ticket: $4.39
  • Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology: Entry Ticket: $5.39
  • A Neoclassical Capital: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • Plaka Neighborhood Self-Guided Game & Tour: $5.93
  • 360 Virtual tour of Ancient Athens: $6.00
  • Athens Plaka Neighborhood Self-Guided Game & Tour: $6.02
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus Skip-the-Line Ticket: $6.03

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
    1.20
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    9.25

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • ( Stopover Tour Of Cairo ) Private All Inc.Pyramids,Camel Ride,Museum& Lunch: $180
  • 2 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days White Desert and Bahariya Oasis Tour: $231
  • 2 Days in Cairo & Giza Private Tour : $80
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt Tour with Pyramids and Museums: $219
  • 2-Day Cairo Giza Highlights Guided Tour including Camel Ride All inclusive : $40
  • 2-Day Private Tour of Cairo with Accommodation and Entrance Fees: $165
  • 2-Day Tour Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour: $290
  • 2-Day Tours at Cairo & Giza: $145
  • 2-Days Tour at Cairo & Giza: $86
  • 2-Days Tours at Cairo & Giza : $143
  • 2-Days tour at Cairo & Giza: $80

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Cairo 1.67

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

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

  • Polykala Distillery showroom. A125 years of history along with liqueur tasting.: $15
  • Liquer tasting in Polykala's Distillery Show Room in Athens: $18
  • The Original Athens Pub Crawl - Athens Drunk Tour: $21
  • The NightCrawlers | Athens Pub Crawl: $22
  • Greek Wine Tasting: $23
  • Wine Tasting in Athens: $26
  • Bar Crawl with Free Drinks and Club Entry: $29
  • Noble Greeks Acropolis Wine Tasting with Private Sommelier: $43
  • Wine Tasting: $43
  • Athens Wine Tasting: $44
  • 1 Hour Private Four Greek Wine Tasting and Food Pairing in Athens: $44
  • Organic and Vegan Indigenous Wine Tasting Private Experience: $44

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairo

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cairo:

  • Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks: $59


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

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Cairo, 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.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Cairo?

Athens has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cairo experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Athens or Cairo in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Cairo. Most visitors come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

In the summer, Athens is around the same temperature as Cairo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Athens in July average around 27°C (81°F), and Cairo averages at about 28°C (82°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the summer, Athens often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 350 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets more rain in July than Cairo. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Athens or Cairo in the Autumn?

Both Cairo and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The autumn months attract visitors to Athens because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In October, Athens is generally cooler than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 19°C (67°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

It's quite sunny in Cairo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives less sunshine than Cairo during autumn. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 290 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Athens usually receives more rain than Cairo. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Athens or Cairo in the Winter?

Both Cairo and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Athens this time of year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round.

Athens is cooler than Cairo in the winter. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 10°C (51°F) in January, and Cairo fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the winter, Athens often gets less sunshine than Cairo. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 221 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets more rain in January than Cairo. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Athens or Cairo in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Cairo. Many travelers come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the spring, Athens is cooler than Cairo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Athens in April average around 16°C (60°F), and Cairo averages at about 21°C (70°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives less sunshine than Cairo during spring. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 276 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Athens usually receives more rain than Cairo. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Athens

Athens Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)