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

Should you visit Cairo or Johannesburg?

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 Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg?


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.


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.

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

Which place is cheaper, Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg is $97. 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 Johannesburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.27
    Johannesburg $56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    Johannesburg $112
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Johannesburg

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Johannesburg? 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 Johannesburg

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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 Johannesburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $2.96
    Johannesburg $17
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 Nile Felucca With Transfers And Drinks : $6.00
  • Airport Transfer Service With Meeting And Greeting: $7.50
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to the hotel in Cairo or Giza: $9.00
  • Private Transfer to Cairo and Giza from Cairo Airport: $9.00
  • Private Arrival or Departure Cairo Airport Transfer: $9.50
  • Private Transfer: Cairo Airport Arrival to any hotel in Cairo or Giza: $10
  • Private Cairo Airport Transfers & Limousine to Anywhere in Cairo or vice versa: $10
  • Cairo Airport Transfer by private car: $10
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport: $12
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cairo City to Cairo Airport: $12
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Windsor Hotel Cairo: $12
  • Private Pickup transfer from Cairo Pyramids Hotel to Cairo airport: $12

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Johannesburg:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Transfers Between Lanseria Airport And Johannesburg : $56
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Arrival & Departure JNB - Airport Transfers: $67
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg - Airport Transfer: $35
  • Airport To Suncity Transfer And Return: $410
  • Airport Transfer And Return: $82
  • Airport Transfers: $49
  • Airport Transfers Johannesburg : $54
  • Airport Transfers OR Tambo to Sandton Hotels: $55
  • Airport Transfers from Cradle of Humankind Muldesdrift to Jo'burg: $149
  • Apartheid Museum Private Transfers: $45
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Business Car: $65
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Van: $77

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Johannesburg?

Prices for flights to both Johannesburg 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 $4.70
    Johannesburg $17
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.

  • Cairo Nile dinner cruise night show with belly dancer: $8.00
  • Dinner Nile Cruise belly dancer open buffer tanora show sailing on Nile: $8.80
  • Private Nile Cruise with Dinner and Folk Show from Cairo: $10
  • night-tour Nile dinner cruise with open buffet and belly dancer: $10
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $11
  • Dinner evening in the heart of the Nile for 3 hours: $11
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Buffet belly dancer performance: $12
  • Private Dinner Cruise on the Nile River in Cairo with Pickup: $12
  • dance, sing and eat on Cairo Dinner Nile Cruise on Nile river: $12
  • 5 Star Dinner Nile Cruise in Cairo Night Tour : $13
  • 2-hours night dinner cruise show : Eat , Dance and Sing : $13
  • food tour private tour from cairo or giza hotel: $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

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

  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $50
  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $70
  • Zulu Food Cooking & Dining Experience with a local Chef: $75
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $79
  • A Private Traditional Cape Malay Cooking Class, with a MKR Finalist: $95
  • Lesedi Cultural Village with lunch or dinner cultural food: $101
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $101

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.69
    Johannesburg $21
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:

  • Dahshur Pyramids Entry Tickets: $4.37
  • El Sultan Hassan Mosque Entry Ticket : $4.56
  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets : $4.60
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Prince Mohamed Ali Palace Entry Ticket: $4.80
  • Full Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara: $5.00
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $5.54
  • Wonder Tour To Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure Pyramids and Great Sphinx : $5.76
  • Private Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx : $6.00
  • Skip The Line To Coptic Museum of Cairo Entry Ticket: $6.01
  • Skip The Line with Memphis Museum Entry Ticket: $6.77
  • Museum of Islamic Arts Cairo Entry Ticket: $7.00

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Johannesburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Jo'burg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Apartheid Museum & Soweto: $17
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Optional Soweto Tour: $17
  • Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour: $25
  • Architectural Walking Tour: $25
  • Soweto-Running-Tour: $27
  • Ponte Experience: $28
  • Colours of A Graffiti & Street Art Tour: $30
  • Braamfontein Street Art & Culture Tour: $30
  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide: $30
  • Johannesburg Street Art & Museum Walking or E-scooter Tour : $31
  • Half-Day Walking Tour in Soweto: $32

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.16
    Johannesburg $4.82

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Johannesburg:

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $8.47
  • Wine Tasting: $11
  • Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $116

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

Which is Bigger, Cairo or Johannesburg?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Johannesburg. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Johannesburg, 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.