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.

Which city 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 $26, while the average daily cost in Amsterdam is $143. 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 city. 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 $13
    Amsterdam $82
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    Amsterdam $164
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 $4.62
    Amsterdam $16
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.16
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 2 Cairo and giza day tours with round transfer from airport: $131
  • 2 Days Tours package Include airport transfers (Cairo & Alexandria): $182
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including 2 airport Transfers: $130
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free Transfer from Airport: $101
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free airport Transfers: $190
  • 2 day tours in Cairo with round airport transfer: $132
  • 2 days tour in cairo and Giza and transfer from cairo airport to hotel Free: $115
  • 2 days tours in Cairo with round transfer from airport: $140
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour with Free Airport Transfers: $263
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3-Day Private Tour: Giza, Cairo, and Alexandria with Airport Transfer: $320

Typical Local Transportation prices in Amsterdam

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


  • Ride on Tram
    $3.33
  • Renting a Bike
    $16
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    $10
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    $2.71
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    $3.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amsterdam

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam Airport Arrival Transfer in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Viano or S-Class: $84
  • Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer: $58
  • Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer (Amsterdam Hotels to Amsterdam Airport): $83
  • Amsterdam Airport Private Departure Transfer: $52
  • Amsterdam Airport Transfer (Airport to Hotel or address in Amsterdam) ROUND-TRIP: $167
  • Amsterdam Airport Transfers : Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport AMS in Luxury Car: $96
  • Amsterdam Airport Transfers : Amsterdam to Schiphol Airport AMS in Luxury Van: $85
  • Amsterdam City Center - Schiphol Airport Transfer: $143
  • Amsterdam City Center - Schiphol Airport Transfer (MiniVan): $160
  • Amsterdam City Departure Private Transfer to Amsterdam Port in Luxury Car: $79
  • Amsterdam City Departure Private Transfer to Amsterdam Port in Luxury Van: $60
  • Amsterdam City Departure Private Transfer to Amsterdam Train Station in Business Car: $52

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 $7.34
    Amsterdam $36
Typical Food prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.08

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile.: $19
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile: $19
  • Cairo 2-Hour Nile River Cruise with Dinner and Pickup: $20
  • Cairo dinner cruise includes dinner belly dancing show pickup & all transfers: $21
  • Dinner on a boat in Luxor Nile Cruise with oriental dance: $21
  • Dinner on the river nile and party: $23
  • Nile Cruise Dinner at the Nile with Oriental Show: $24
  • Dinner on the river nile: $25
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25
  • Special Bedouin Dinner+ watching oriental show: $26
  • Cairo Food Tour: $27

Typical Food prices in Amsterdam

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


  • Afternoon Tea
    $6.25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amsterdam

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

  • Live online cooking class from Classic European 2-course meal: $23
  • Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise: $40
  • Three course lunch/dinner voucher: $42
  • Walking Food Tour: $43
  • 3 Course Dinner in the Dark: $48
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Amsterdam's Favourite Private Food Tour with a Local: $50
  • Private Pizza Canal Cruise Amsterdam: $62
  • Dinner with an Amsterdam artist on the river: $62
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket & VIP Dinner at Hard Rock CafĂ©: $63
  • Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour: $69
  • Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market Amsterdam: $73
  • Delicious Dutch Dinner in an Amsterdam Canalhouse: $75

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    Amsterdam $31
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
    $1.63
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $13

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum Half Day Private Tour: $7.48
  • Cairo City Tour: $8.58
  • Private Tour of the Pyramids: $9.71
  • Pyramids Day Tour: $10
  • Day_tour :Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx: $11
  • Virtual Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum: $12
  • Egypt Virtual Tour of Tomb of King Tut: $12
  • Private Day Tour at Pyramids, Sakkara And Dahshur: $13
  • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and Papyrus Making Demonstration: $13

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
    $6.25
  • 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:

  • A tasty stroll through Pijp: An audio tour of some of Amsterdam great food spots: $5.00
  • An Amsterdam introduction: Explore the origins of Amsterdam on an audio tour: $5.00
  • Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.41
  • Amsterdam West Specialty Coffee Spots Cycling Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.41
  • Vondelpark and Old West Neighbourhood Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48
  • Amsterdam Private Tour: Red Light District Exploration Game: $5.65
  • Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights: $5.67
  • The Red Light District self-guided Virtual Experience: The Highlights: $7.45
  • Absolutely Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours): $8.09
  • Red Light District 1-hour Smartphone Audio Tour: $9.06
  • Amsterdam Red Light District: A Walking Audio Tour on your Phone (1hour): $9.94
  • Silent Disco Club Experience: $9.95

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.82
    Amsterdam $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

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

  • Distillery Tour & Tasting: $22
  • Amsterdam Bar Crawl: $27
  • Amsterdam Shared Bar Crawl: $31
  • Private Amsterdam Red Light District and pub tour: $61
  • Guided Craft Beer Brewery Bus Tour with Tastings: $67
  • 4 hour Amsterdam Brewery Tour: $81
  • High Class Culinary Lunch in Amsterdam - Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $102
  • Drew's 3-Hour Amsterdam Brewery and Bar Tour to Top Rated Bars: $106
  • Discover 3 gastronomic restaurants in Amsterdam - self-guided food & wine tour: $129
  • Experience 4 Culinary Restaurants in Amsterdam Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $152
  • Amsterdam Bachelor Party Bar Crawl: $488


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.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Amsterdam?

Amsterdam has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cairo experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm 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. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts 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 are around 28°C (82°F), and Amsterdam is 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. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. 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. Temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Amsterdam stays 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. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. 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 temperature in Cairo is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Amsterdam stays 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. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. 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 are around 21°C (70°F), and Amsterdam is 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)


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