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

Should you visit Cairo or Antananarivo?

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 Antananarivo 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 Antananarivo?


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.


Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar; it is also sometimes referred to as Tana. This city is the cultural and political center of Madagascar as a whole. There are multiple universities, museums, and other social venues in the city, as well as a national rugby team. This city has a very apparent French influence.

Which place is cheaper, Antananarivo or Cairo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $27, while the average daily cost in Antananarivo is $70. 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 Antananarivo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $14
    Antananarivo $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $28
    Antananarivo $58
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Antananarivo

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Antananarivo? 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 Antananarivo

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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 Antananarivo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $4.59
    Antananarivo $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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

  • Metro Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $5.00
  • Private Transfer from Hotels in Cairo to Cairo Airport : $8.00
  • Private Arrival or Departure Cairo Airport Transfer: $9.50
  • Cairo Airport: Private Transfer Service: $9.50
  • Cairo Airport Private Transfer: $9.60
  • Cairo Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Anywhere in Cairo: $10
  • Private Airport Transfer to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $10
  • Private Cairo Airport Transfers & Limousine to Anywhere in Cairo or vice versa: $10
  • Private Transfer from Cairo City to Cairo Airport: $10
  • Cairo Airport Transfer by private car: $10
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport to Your Hotel: $11
  • Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $63
  • Private Transfer: Madagascar Antananarivo - Antananarivo Airport: $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Antananarivo?

Prices for flights to both Antananarivo 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 Meals for one day
    Cairo $7.30
    Antananarivo $28
Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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

  • Juice

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
  • Nile dinner cruises in Cairo at night with different categories : $15
  • Unusual Cairo Food Tour : $15
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Private Transfer 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
  • Private Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel ride, Nile Dinner cruise : $20
  • Dinner Cruise Cairo With Belly Dancer Show in The Nile River: $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Street food and Cooking class tour in Antananarivo: $111
  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.83
    Antananarivo $23
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
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $4.25
  • Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop in Cairo: $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Dahshur Pyramids Skip the Line Entry Tickets : $6.62
  • El Sultan Hassan Mosque Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets: $6.84
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • Cairo Shopping Tour.: $7.00
  • Baron Empain Palace Entry Tickets: $7.95
  • Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hasan Entry Ticket: $7.95
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $8.72
  • Skip the Line Coptic Museum Entry Ticket: $8.74

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • Antanavario: Private custom tour with a local guide: $24
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $25
  • Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Antananarivo: $35
  • Private Ambohimanga and Ironwork Shop Tour from Antananarivo: $87
  • Private Tour Through the Wildlife of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Rova: $138
  • Day - Tour Ampefy: $146
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $204
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • 3 days -Wildlife and Lemur discovery Tour to Andasibe: $866
  • From 9 days unique adventure trip to Tulear!: $1,705

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.80
    Antananarivo $9.39

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cairo or Antananarivo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Antananarivo. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Antananarivo, 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.