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

Should you visit Cairo or Karachi?

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 Karachi 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 Karachi?

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.

Karachi

Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and sixth most populous city proper in the world. Karachi, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, is the financial and commercial center of the nation, as well as its largest port. The pace of life here is more hurried, and social attitudes are far more liberal than elsewhere in Pakistan. Locals call it the City of Lights, the City of The Quaid, and the City that Never Sleeps. The city credits its growth to the mixed populations of economic and political migrants along with refugees from different national, provincial, linguistic and religious origins, who generally come to the city to settle permanently.

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


Which place is cheaper, Karachi 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 Karachi is $26. 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 Karachi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.36
    Karachi $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    Karachi $22
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Karachi

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Karachi? 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 Karachi


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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 Karachi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $2.99
    Karachi $4.58
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.08
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.32

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 Cairo Airport to the hotel in Cairo or Giza: $9.00
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Osiris Hotel to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Cairo Pyramids Hotel: $9.60
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Novotel Cairo El Borg: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Marriott Mena House, Cairo to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Novotel Cairo El Borg to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Pickup transfer from Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Cairo Pyramids Hotel to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private Pickup transfer from Windsor Hotel Cairo to Cairo airport: $9.60

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Karachi?

Prices for flights to both Karachi 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 $4.75
    Karachi $11
Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Cairo Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show With Pickup Service: $8.78
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $12
  • Cairo Night Dinner With Belly Dancer Show With Pickup & Drop Off: $13
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $15
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $18
  • Cairo Food Tour with Nile Felucca Ride : $18
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • Giza Pyramids, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, Night and Dinner Cruise on Nile: $19
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Private Cairo Food Tour : $20
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Karachi

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

  • Private Karachi Street Food Tour: $93
  • Half-Day Karachi Burns Road Private Victoria Ride with Dinner: $100
  • Street Food Tour of Karachi: $199

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.75
    Karachi $5.07
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
    $0.84
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $6.49

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Cheapest Tour to Wonders Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx : $4.00
  • Dahshur Pyramids Entry Tickets: $4.27
  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets : $4.60
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $4.70
  • All Inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara: $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Baron Empain Palace Entry Tickets: $5.16
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $5.39
  • Skip The Line with Memphis Museum Entry Ticket: $6.53
  • Cairo Shopping Tour.: $7.00
  • El Sultan Hassan Mosque Entry Ticket: $7.02

Tours and Activities in Karachi

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

  • Karachi City Tour : $129
  • UNESCO World Heritage Tour Near Karachi : $150
  • Karachi Sightseeing Private tour: $159
  • Full Day Private Tour in Karachi City: $161
  • Full Day Private Tour to Mohatta Palace Zainab and Burns road: $194
  • Experience local village life in Sindh: $200

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.17
    Karachi $3.35

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 Karachi, we can see that Karachi 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 Karachi 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 Karachi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Karachi 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 Karachi Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cairo or Karachi?

Karachi has a larger population, and is about 50% larger than the population of Cairo. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Karachi, 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.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Karachi?

Karachi has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cairo experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Cairo or Karachi in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Karachi. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round.

Cairo is around the same temperature as Karachi in the summer. The daily temperature in Cairo averages around 28°C (82°F) in July, and Karachi fluctuates around 30°C (86°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Karachi during summer. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies, while Karachi receives 155 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Cairo usually receives less rain than Karachi. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Karachi receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Karachi 30°C (86°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Karachi in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Karachi. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the autumn, Cairo is cooler than Karachi. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Cairo in October average around 23°C (73°F), and Karachi averages at about 29°C (84°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Karachi. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the autumn, Cairo often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Karachi. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Karachi receives 284 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in October than Karachi. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Karachi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Karachi 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Karachi in the Winter?

Both Karachi and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

In January, Cairo is generally cooler than Karachi. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 14°C (57°F), and Karachi fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

It's quite sunny in Karachi. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives less sunshine than Karachi during winter. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies, while Karachi receives 271 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Cairo usually receives more rain than Karachi. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Karachi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Karachi 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Karachi in the Spring?

Both Karachi and Cairo during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Cairo is cooler than Karachi in the spring. The daily temperature in Cairo averages around 21°C (70°F) in April, and Karachi fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

In Karachi, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the spring, Cairo often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Karachi. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Karachi receives 277 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in April than Karachi. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Karachi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Karachi 29°C (84°F)

Typical Weather for Karachi and Cairo

Cairo Karachi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 30°C (86°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 30°C (86°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)