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

Should you visit Cairo or Edinburgh?

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 Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh?

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.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the moderately sized capital of Scotland. It is a medieval city that has managed to perfect the combination of Georgian architecture and medieval relics with a cosmopolitan population and avant-garde atmosphere. The city's population is quite young, in large part because of the University of Edinburgh. This youthful vibe gives this city a lot of vitality. There's a thriving nightlife, many restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.

Which city is cheaper, Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh is $140. 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 Edinburgh in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $13
    Edinburgh $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    Edinburgh $150
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Edinburgh

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Edinburgh? 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 Edinburgh


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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 Edinburgh Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $4.62
    Edinburgh $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:

  • private transfer from Cairo Airport: $15
  • private pick up or drop off Transfer from Cairo airport to hotel in Cairo or Giza by private ac vechile: $35
  • pick up from Cairo airport transfer to your request hotel or return: $44
  • one private transfer from Cairo airport to Cairo or Giza hotel: $35
  • cairo airport transfer: $15
  • VIP Meet and Assist upon arrival at Cairo Airport- (with Hotel Private Transfer): $32
  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cairo city centre to Cairo Airport CAI: $8.73
  • Transfers from Cairo to Marsa alam Airport: $332
  • Transfers From Cairo Airport To Giza City: $30
  • Transfer your private departure from your hotel to Cairo Airport: $15
  • Transfer to Cairo Int. Airport: $21
  • Transfer from hotel in Cairo to Alexandria: $65

Typical Local Transportation prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Local Bus
    $4.35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edinburgh

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

  • Airport Transfer: $70
  • Airport Transfers: $75
  • Airport Transfers , Edinburgh to Aberdeen , or Aberdeen to Edinburgh: $538
  • Arrival Private Transfer Edinburgh Airport EDI to Edinburgh City by Luxury Car: $84
  • Arrival Private Transfer Edinburgh Airport EDI to Edinburgh by Business Car: $77
  • Arrival Private Transfer Edinburgh Airport EDI to Edinburgh by Luxury Van: $84
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Edinburgh Airport EDI to Edinburgh City: $80
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Edinburgh Airport EDI to Edinburgh City: $93
  • Central Edinburgh Hotels to Edinburgh Airport Transfers 1-3 pax: $105
  • Departure Private Transfer Edinburg City to Glasgow GLA Airport by Business Car: $154
  • Departure Private Transfer Edinburgh City to Edinburgh Airport EDI by Luxury Van: $84
  • Departure Private Transfer Edinburgh City to Glasgow GLA Airport by Luxury Car: $196

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Edinburgh?

Prices for flights to both Edinburgh 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
    Edinburgh $38
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 Edinburgh

For Edinburgh, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $10
  • Dinner at Filling Station
    $12
  • Lunch for Two
    $18
  • Sandwich
    $2.24
  • Cheese & bread
    $8.74
  • Thai Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    $30
  • 2 Coffees and Scones
    $7.01
  • Turkish Delight
    $1.69
  • Soup at the Pub
    $7.13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Edinburgh

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

  • Scottish Classic Desserts private cooking class with professional chef: $66
  • Discover Royal Mile-Old Town & ENJOY Indian Dinner ~ Walking Tour!: $79
  • 3-Hour Guided Secret Food Tour: $94
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Curry Cooking Class – pure comfort food for the soul!: $97
  • Curry Around The World Cooking Class: $97
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Edinburgh: $106
  • Relaxing Handmade Pasta with meal and wine - Safe Cooking Class: $110
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Curry Private Cooking Class with professional chef: $116
  • "Curry Around The World" Private Cooking Class with professional chef: $116
  • Private Food Tour with a Local Expert including 10 Tastings in Edinburgh: $136
  • Handmade Pasta Cooking Class & Dinner with professional chef for private groups: $137
  • 3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option: $228

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    Edinburgh $19
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:

  • (Memphis Sakkara, Dahshur Pyramids, Imhotep Museum) Private Tour - From Cairo: $90
  • 01 Day Cairo tour Islamic and Coptic Cairo: $143
  • 01 Day Tour To Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum And Bazaar: $217
  • 01 Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo: $246
  • 01 Day Tour to Pyramids Of Giza Memphis And Sakkara: $86
  • 01 Day Tour to the Giza Pyramids & Great Sphinx: $69
  • 03 Days Budget tours Cairo Giza Alexandria: $290
  • 04 Days Egypt Royal Tour in Cairo: $674
  • 05 Days Egypt Budget Tour Cairo & Alexandria: $860
  • 06 Days Egypt Classic Tour Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh: $1,543
  • 06 Nights cruise on The Oberoi Philae (Aswan to Luxor): $5,965
  • 07 Days Egypt Classic Tour Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria: $1,486

Typical Entertainment prices in Edinburgh

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Edinburgh's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Show Tickets
    $39
  • Movie Tickets for Two
    $15
  • Donation for Storytellers
    $7.25

Tours and Activities in Edinburgh

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

  • City Highlights Self-Guided Smartphone Tour: $5.66
  • Harry Potter’s Explore the magic of the city on an audio walking tour: $5.99
  • The Witches Tour: $6.80
  • Edinburgh Audio Tour: Discover its History and Secrets: $8.26
  • Edinburgh Royal Mile (New Self Guided Tour): $8.26
  • Late Night Haunted Underground Vaults Tour: $12
  • Historic Underground Vaults Daytime Tour: $12
  • Old Town Historical Walking Tour: $12
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12
  • Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt: $14
  • Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh: $14
  • Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh: $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.82
    Edinburgh $15

Typical Alcohol prices in Edinburgh

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Edinburgh from other travelers:


  • Beer & Wine
    $17
  • Half Pint at Tollbooth Tavern
    $2.00
  • Pint of Beer
    $4.23

Sample the Local Flavors in Edinburgh

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

  • The Orange Pub Crawl - Edinburgh: $18
  • Edinburgh Brewery Tour: $22
  • Holyrood Distillery Gin and Whisky Guided Tour: $24
  • Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour: $24
  • Guided Gin Tasting at 56 North Distillery: $34
  • Pickering's Gin Distillery Tour with Gin Tastings: $34
  • Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh: $52
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh: $54
  • Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh: $66
  • Bike, beers and brewery tour: $90
  • Edinburgh and Golf and Distillery Tour with Private Driver: $259
  • Whisky Distillery Tour from Edinburgh by Private Vehicle: $284


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cairo and Edinburgh, we can see that Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Edinburgh than you might in Cairo.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Edinburgh?

Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Edinburgh. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the music scene and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Edinburgh this time of year.

In the summer, Cairo is much warmer than Edinburgh. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cairo in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Edinburgh is about 14°C (58°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the summer, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Edinburgh receives 163 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in July than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Edinburgh receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Edinburgh 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Edinburgh in the Autumn?

Both Edinburgh and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, many travelers come to Edinburgh for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Cairo is generally much warmer than Edinburgh. Temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Edinburgh stays around 10°C (49°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Edinburgh during autumn. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies, while Edinburgh receives 90 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Cairo usually receives less rain than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Edinburgh receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Edinburgh 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Edinburgh in the Winter?

Both Edinburgh and Cairo during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Furthermore, many visitors come to Edinburgh in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

Edinburgh can get quite cold in the winter. Cairo is much warmer than Edinburgh in the winter. The temperature in Cairo is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Edinburgh stays around 3°C (38°F).

It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the winter, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Edinburgh receives 48 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in January than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Edinburgh receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Edinburgh 3°C (38°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Edinburgh in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Edinburgh. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, most visitors come to Edinburgh for the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Cairo is much warmer than Edinburgh. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cairo in April are around 21°C (70°F), and Edinburgh is about 7°C (45°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Edinburgh during spring. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Edinburgh receives 132 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Cairo usually receives less rain than Edinburgh. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Edinburgh receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Edinburgh 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Edinburgh and Cairo

Cairo Edinburgh
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 3°C (38°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 3°C (38°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 5°C (41°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 10°C (49°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 14°C (58°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 14°C (58°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 10°C (49°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 5°C (42°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 4°C (39°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)


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