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

Should you visit Cairo or Amsterdam?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cairo and Amsterdam can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cairo or Amsterdam?

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.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital, and most popular tourist destination in the Netherlands. There are over one million residents in the metro area. Amsterdam is most famous for its canals that criss cross across the city, but it also has a rich history, interesting culture, and liberal vibe that appeal to all types of travelers. The architecture, bridges, and cycling culture help this metropolitan area maintain its small town vibe, despite being the largest city in the country as well as the financial center.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, The Best Historical Tours in Egypt, The Best 10-Day Tours from Amsterdam, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Amsterdam.


Which place is cheaper, Amsterdam or Cairo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $18, while the average daily cost in Amsterdam is $189. 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 Cairo and Amsterdam in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.54
    Amsterdam $110
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    Amsterdam $220
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Amsterdam

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Amsterdam? 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 Cairo


Hotels in Amsterdam


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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: Cairo Hotel Prices and Amsterdam Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $3.04
    Amsterdam $21
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.09
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Airport and excursion in Hurghada , Luxor or Cairo Transfer: $16
  • Cairo Airport Departure Transfer : $25
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $20
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx With Transfers : $55
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids,Sphinx With Camel Ride,Lunch and Hotels Transfers: $20
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Private Transfer to Siwa Oasis from Cairo Going and Coming Back: $125
  • Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx Half Day Tour With Private Guide & Transfers : $135
  • 01 way Private Transfer from your Hotel in Cairo to Cairo Airport: $10
  • 01 way Transfer from hotel in Cairo to Alexandria: $35
  • 1 Hour ATV Quad Bike Ride At Giza Pyramids With Private Transfer : $28
  • 1 Way Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Le Meridien Heliopolis: $14

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amsterdam

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amsterdam:


  • Ride on Tram
    $3.47
  • Renting a Bike
    $16
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    $11
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    $2.82
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    $3.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amsterdam

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amsterdam:

  • 1 - 15 persons Minibus Amsterdam City transfer: $120
  • 1-15 pers Taxi/Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Hoek van Holland: $200
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Airport Amsterdam to Den Haag: $273
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Alkmaar: $155
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Almere: $155
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Den Helder: $255
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Harderwijk: $255
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Hoorn: $183
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to IJmuiden: $122
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Noordwijk: $127
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam Airport to Utrecht: $246
  • 1-15 persons Taxi or Bus Transfer Amsterdam city to Airport: $109

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Amsterdam?

Prices for flights to both Amsterdam and Cairo 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
    Cairo $4.84
    Amsterdam $47
Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $8.00
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $15
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $16
  • Cairo Food Tour with Nile Felucca Ride : $18
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • food tour private tour from cairo or giza hotel: $19
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Private Cairo Food Tour : $20
  • Cairo Private Food Tour and Egyptian Tea: $22
  • Private tour Giza pyramids and Nile dinner cruise from Giza and Cairo hotels: $23

Typical Food Prices in Amsterdam

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


  • Afternoon Tea
    $6.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amsterdam

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

  • 2 Hours Food Tour in Amsterdam (Tip Based): $5.46
  • Amsterdam Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood : $8.19
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood: $14
  • Self-Guided Food Tour in De Jordaan Neighbourhood: $14
  • Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam with Set Lunch or Dinner: $31
  • Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Pizza and Drinks: $32
  • Dinner Cruise with Fries Bitterballen and Drink from Amsterdam: $38
  • Pizza Cruise with Drinks: $41
  • Evening Canal Cruise with Pizza and Drinks: $43
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket with A GOLD MENU Hard Rock Dinner: $43
  • Food Tour Jordaan District: $51
  • Food Tour Amsterdam's Jordaan District Self-Guided: $52

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.86
    Amsterdam $40
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
    $0.86
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $6.62

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $4.70
  • All Inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara: $5.00
  • Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop in Cairo: $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hasan Entry Ticket: $5.11
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $5.38
  • Wonder Tour To Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure Pyramids and Great Sphinx : $5.61
  • Skip The Line To Coptic Museum of Cairo Entry Ticket: $5.83
  • Skip The Line with Memphis Museum Entry Ticket: $6.67
  • Cairo Museum of Islamic Arts Entry Ticket: $7.00
  • Serapeum Of Saqqara Entry Tickets: $7.00

Typical Entertainment Prices in Amsterdam

Here are a few typical costs in Amsterdam for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Two tickets to the Houseboat Museum
    $6.50
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
    $18

Tours and Activities in Amsterdam

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

  • Golden Age Canals Walking Tour: $1.08
  • Amsterdam city centre historical walking tour: $1.08
  • Two-hour walking tour of Amsterdam: $2.61
  • City Exploration Game and Walking Tour: $3.25
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Rude Bastards Tour of Amsterdam: $3.25
  • Photo Tour in Amsterdam 2 Hours: $3.27
  • The Amsterdam Walking Tour 2 hours: $3.27
  • Alternative tour Amsterdam (Tip-Based): $3.27
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Amsterdam: $3.27
  • Amsterdam City Tour: audio guide app in your smartphone: $3.79
  • Free walking tour of haunted Amsterdam: $4.33

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.20
    Amsterdam $26

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: $60

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

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

  • Amsterdam Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $22
  • Amsterdam Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $22
  • Original Pub Crawl Party with VIP Entrance: $26
  • Cheese and Wine tasting in Amsterdam: $27
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Red Light District Pub Crawl: $27
  • Central Pub Crawl and Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Leidseplein and Red Light Pub Crawl: 2 Night Pass: $31
  • Chateau Urban Wine Tasting and optional bites: $33
  • Original Amsterdam Pub Crawl: $33
  • Red Light District Tour | Pub Crawl Mystery: $38
  • Kings Night Ultimate Party Pub Crawl: $38


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


Which is Bigger, Cairo or Amsterdam?

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

Amsterdam 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 Cairo or Amsterdam in the Summer?

Both Amsterdam and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Amsterdam because of the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Cairo is much warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cairo in July average around 28°C (82°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 17°C (62°F).

It's quite sunny in Amsterdam. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Amsterdam during summer. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 204 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Cairo usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Amsterdam in the Autumn?

Both Amsterdam and Cairo during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Amsterdam this time of year.

In October, Cairo is generally much warmer than Amsterdam. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Amsterdam fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the autumn, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 99 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in October than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Amsterdam in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Amsterdam. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round. Furthermore, many travelers come to Amsterdam for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Amsterdam. Cairo is much warmer than Amsterdam in the winter. The daily temperature in Cairo averages around 14°C (57°F) in January, and Amsterdam fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Amsterdam during winter. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies, while Amsterdam receives 46 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Cairo usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Amsterdam in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Amsterdam. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, many visitors come to Amsterdam in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Cairo is much warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cairo in April average around 21°C (70°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 8°C (46°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the spring, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Amsterdam receives 166 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in April than Amsterdam. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Amsterdam and Cairo

Cairo Amsterdam
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)