A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Beirut vs. Johannesburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Beirut or Johannesburg?

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 Beirut and Johannesburg. 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: Beirut or Johannesburg?


Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to South Africa, and The Best Eco Tours in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Johannesburg or Beirut?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $2.26, while the average daily cost in Johannesburg is $96. 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 Beirut and Johannesburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $1.26
    Johannesburg $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $2.52
    Johannesburg $110
Compare Hotels in Beirut and Johannesburg

Looking for a hotel in Beirut or Johannesburg? 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 Beirut

Hotels in Johannesburg

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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: Beirut Hotel Prices and Johannesburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $0.44
    Johannesburg $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer Pickup: $9.89
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer: $13
  • Beirut Airport one Way Private Transfer to the hotel: $15
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18
  • Hiking Day Trip to Chouwen Lake with Hotel Transfers: $86
  • Beirut Airport Transfer in a Limousine: $201

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Transfers Between OR Tambo and Pilanesburg : $178
  • Tour operator. airport and hotels transfers chauffeur and safari tours services.: $31
  • Suncity Transfer: $175
  • Shuttle Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Hazyview: $67
  • Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Sedan Car: $64
  • Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Car: $103
  • Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Sedan Car: $65
  • Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Luxury Van: $75
  • Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Luxury Car: $104
  • Private Transfer, Airports to Cradle of Humankind & Muldersdrift : $148
  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport (JNB) to Pretoria hotels: $165
  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg O.R.Tambo Airport(JNB) to Johannesburg hotels: $115

Is it cheaper to fly into Beirut or Johannesburg?

Prices for flights to both Johannesburg and Beirut 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
    Beirut $0.71
    Johannesburg $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Motorbike Tour with Local Street Food Dinner: $50
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $77
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $93
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

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

  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • A Private Traditional Cape Malay Cooking Class, with a MKR Finalist: $95
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $100

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $0.26
    Johannesburg $21

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • Small Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harisa & Byblos with Hotel pickup: $10
  • Uncover Beirut's Divided Past: In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Discovering Lebanon: Jeita Grotto, Harissa, and Byblos Tour: $15
  • Beirut Walking Tour - Discover Beirut by foot: $25
  • City Sightseeing Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • New Cost Saver Small-Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos: $27
  • Beirut : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private tour): $34
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Jeita Grotto and Harissa: $35
  • Downtown Beirut Walking Tour Including Lunch: $35
  • Beirut Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Beirut Full Day Walking Tour: $41

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Golf Tour, Sun City , Gary Player Course - Rated the Best: $228
  • Half-Day Safari Tour of the Magaliesberg Mountains by Zipline: $122
  • Rhino and Lion Park Safari Tour : $98
  • Soweto half day guided tour.Pick up and drop off: $50
  • (Meet the Artist)Art Gallery & Street Art tour with lunch: $53
  • Aerial cableway Hartebeespoort Halfday tour: $144
  • African Safari in Pilanesberg National Park - 1 day adventure: $160
  • Aha Lesedi Cultural Village tour: $120
  • Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria: $218
  • Ann de-wildt cheetah tour: $78
  • Apartheid Museum Guided Tour: $55
  • Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg: $88

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $0.23
    Johannesburg $4.77

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

Also in Beirut, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $56
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Byblos & Chateau Musar: History and Wine Tour: $65
  • Wine Tasting and Culture : $69
  • Wine Tasting and Hiking in the Cedars forest : $69
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $81
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch from Beirut: $82
  • Fabulous Wine Tour in Central Bekaa Valley: $88
  • From Full Day Wine Tasting in the Bekaa Valley Tour: $90
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100
  • Private tour to Jeita Grotto with Wine Tasting in Faqra Ruins: $110

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $8.32
  • Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $12
  • Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $115
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $225

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

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

Which is Bigger, Beirut or Johannesburg?

Johannesburg has a larger population, and is about 6% larger than the population of Beirut. When comparing the sizes of Beirut and Johannesburg, 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.