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

Should you visit Cairo or Hong Kong?

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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong?


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.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong you will find a predominantly Cantonese population that has long been influenced by British occupation. Most residents speak English and you can see the obvious effects of years of capitalism. Shopping malls are everywhere and most are thriving. Along the waterfront every night the buildings light up in a dramatic and festive light show that highlights such businesses as Sony and Canon, which are fixtures in the city. The city is a major financial hub, and is very international in nature. The city itself is very densely packed and there are narrow high rises that look vulnerable due to their height. There are two main areas to the city, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Hong Kong Island is the location of the original British settlement. Today it is where you will find the highest skyscrapers, the most modern buildings, and the most popular shopping areas. Kowloon is located on a peninsula that is to the north of Hong Kong Island. The tip of the peninsula is a popular destination for backpackers as it has many of the city's hostels. This area is referred to as Tsim Sha Tsui. There are also a few high end hotels in the area. It is possible to head outside of the city so that you can escape into some rural regions where you can take a break from the crowds.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, and The Best Historical Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Hong Kong or Cairo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $17, while the average daily cost in Hong Kong is $160. 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 Hong Kong in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.33
    Hong Kong $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    Hong Kong $150
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Hong Kong

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Hong Kong? 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 Hong Kong

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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 Hong Kong Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $2.97
    Hong Kong $8.73
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 tour to Abusimble transfer to Luxor and visiting Edfu : $175
  • one transfer from airport to Cairo Giza hotels or hotels to Cairo airport: $27
  • Two-Day Private City Tour of Cairo, Giza Pyramids and Saqqara+Airport Transfer: $220
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Cairo HTL-APT (CAI): $33
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Cairo APT-HTL (CAI): $33
  • Transfer to Cairo & Giza Hotels From Cairo Airport: $35
  • Transfer from Hurghada to Luxor city by private Cars : $170
  • Transfer from Hurghada to Luxor (sharing ): $109
  • Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $13
  • Transfer from Cairo Int. Airport to Cairo/Giza hotels: $21
  • Transfer from Cairo Airport to the Hotels in Cairo or Giza : $18
  • Transfer from Cairo Airport to the Hotel: $13

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • MTR (for 2)
  • Local Bus
  • Ferry Ticket
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Ticket

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Hong Kong?

Prices for flights to both Hong Kong 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 $4.73
    Hong Kong $33
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.

  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $10
  • Nile Dinner Cruise with Belly Dancer Show with Pickup: $10
  • Cairo Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show With Pickup Service: $11
  • 2 Hour Cairo Dinner Cruise on Nile river with live band: $12
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Nile Dinner Cruise with Show & Shared Transfer: $13
  • night-tour Nile dinner cruise with open buffet and belly dancer: $13
  • Private Nile Cruise with Dinner and Folk Show from Cairo: $13
  • Dinner Nile cruise with belly dancer show on Nile river: $14
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Show from Cairo and Giza: $14
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $14
  • Experience Magic A 4Star Cairo Dinner Cruise with Belly Dancer: $15

Typical Food Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • Dinner for 2

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.73
    Hong Kong $95
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:

  • ( Stopover Tour Of Cairo ) Private All Inc.Pyramids,Camel Ride,Museum& Lunch: $180
  • 1 Day Private Tour in Cairo and Giza: $90
  • 2 Day Private Pyramids and Cairo Highlights Tour: $120
  • 2 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days White Desert and Bahariya Oasis Tour: $231
  • 2 Days in Cairo & Giza Private Tour : $80
  • 2-Day Cairo Giza Highlights Guided Tour including Camel Ride All inclusive : $40
  • 2-Day Tours at Cairo & Giza: $145
  • 2-Days Tour at Cairo & Giza: $86
  • 2-Days Tours at Cairo & Giza : $143
  • 3-Day Private Tour in Cairo : $196
  • 3-Day Tour at Cairo & Giza : $200

Typical Entertainment Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • Peak Tram
  • Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Tours and Activities in Hong Kong

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

  • Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure: $110
  • Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure: $115

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.17
    Hong Kong $21

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: $59

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cairo and Hong Kong, we can see that Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong is in Asia, 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 Hong Kong would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cairo or Hong Kong?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 10% larger than the population of Hong Kong. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Hong Kong, 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.