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

Should you visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur?

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 Kuala Lumpur 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 Kuala Lumpur?

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.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, is the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia. It is also the largest city in the country, having grown out of a small Chinese mining village. Today Kuala Lumpur is a microcosm of the country of Malaysia. The population is split between the Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures which you can see reflected in the city's neighborhoods, cuisine, and entertainment. It's also an incredibly affordable city, even if you're looking for the comforts of a five star hotel or a luxury restaurant. Prices are almost always a fraction of what you would pay in Europe or the United States.

Which city is cheaper, Kuala Lumpur 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 Kuala Lumpur is $49. 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 Kuala Lumpur in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $13
    Kuala Lumpur $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    Kuala Lumpur $58
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Kuala Lumpur

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Hotels in Cairo


Hotels in Kuala Lumpur


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $4.62
    Kuala Lumpur $5.08
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 Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.35
  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.35
  • Taxi From Airport
    $20
  • Bus from Airport
    $1.79
  • Train & Boat to Pulau Ketam
    $2.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kuala Lumpur

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

  • AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort Hotel TO Kuala Lumpur Hotel Door to Door Transfer: $23
  • Airport Transfer: $11
  • Airport Transfer (hotel from KL/PJ/KLANG VALLEY area to KLIA/KLIA2): $28
  • Airport Transfer : Kuala Lumpur International Airport ( KLIA 1 / KLIA 2 ): $20
  • Airport Transfer From Kuala Lumpur to KLIA: $19
  • Airport Transfer KLIA to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa: $45
  • Airport Transfer Klia&Klia2 And City Tour: $200
  • Airport transfer: $26
  • Airport transfer from and to KLIA - KL or major city: $40
  • Airport transfer to Kuala Lumpur city: $50
  • Arrival Transfer: Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kuala Tembeling Jetty (Taman Negara): $79
  • Arrival Transfer: Kuala Lumpur Airport to Marina Island Jetty (Lumut): $79

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Kuala Lumpur?

Prices for flights to both Kuala Lumpur 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
    Kuala Lumpur $9.96
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 Kuala Lumpur

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


  • Dinner at Ding Tai Fung
    $8.93
  • Roti Bread
    $0.22
  • Food Court Lunch
    $3.21
  • Dinner at Indian Restaurant (for Two)
    $4.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kuala Lumpur

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

  • Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur: $29
  • Discover the Best Local Food Tour by Night in Kuala Lumpur: $39
  • Malaysian Ramadhan Buffet Dinner Cultural Show - nearby KLCC: $40
  • Small group epic food tour! Immerse yourself in the local culture too!: $44
  • Best Local Food Tour by Night at Kuala Lumpur: $45
  • Market Visit & Garden-to-Table Cooking Class: $47
  • Yummy Yummy Street Food Tour - Kuala Lumpur By Night (Guided With Transport): $53
  • Old Markets & Beyond: Kuala Lumpur Food Tour: $55
  • Cultural Night Tour with Dinner: $55
  • Kuala Lumpur Food Tour: $59
  • Chef-Designed Small-Group Food Tour: $60
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Kuala Lumpur Private Street Food Tour: $61

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    Kuala Lumpur $11
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 Kuala Lumpur

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


  • KL Tower Admission (for Two)
    $10
  • Canopy Walk at FRIM Forest Reserve
    $1.12

Tours and Activities in Kuala Lumpur

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

  • Great Kuala Lumpur Tour with 21 Attractions: $5.00
  • Consultation Services for Your Tour Program: $5.00
  • City Highlights and Cultural Landmarks: An audio tour exploring KL's melting pot: $5.99
  • Skip the Line: Chocolate Factory Tour Ticket: $7.74
  • Skip the Line: KL Tower Mini Zoo Admission Ticket in Kuala Lumpur: $8.19
  • Laser Battle Experience in Kuala Lumpur: $8.30
  • Skip the Line: KL Tower Observation Deck Entry Ticket: $9.00
  • Kuala Lumpur City Tour: $9.43
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $9.49
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $9.72
  • KL Half Day City Tour SHARED: $10
  • Half Day City Tour-Xmas Special (25 Dec Only): $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.82
    Kuala Lumpur $5.29

Typical Alcohol prices in Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $10


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


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Kuala Lumpur. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Kuala Lumpur throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Kuala Lumpur. Cairo usually gets less rain in July than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Kuala Lumpur receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kuala Lumpur. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the summer, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kuala Lumpur receives 200 hours of full sun.

Cairo is around the same temperature as Kuala Lumpur in the summer. The temperature in Cairo is usually 28°C (82°F) in July, and Kuala Lumpur stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur in the Autumn?

Both Kuala Lumpur and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Kuala Lumpur because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kuala Lumpur. In October, Cairo usually receives less rain than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Kuala Lumpur receives 280 mm (11 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Kuala Lumpur during autumn. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies, while Kuala Lumpur receives 169 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In the autumn, Cairo is cooler than Kuala Lumpur. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Cairo in October are around 23°C (73°F), and Kuala Lumpur is about 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur in the Winter?

Both Kuala Lumpur and Cairo during the winter are popular places to visit. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Kuala Lumpur attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Kuala Lumpur gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Cairo usually gets less rain in January than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Kuala Lumpur receives 239 mm (9.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the winter, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kuala Lumpur receives 185 hours of full sun.

In January, Cairo is generally much colder than Kuala Lumpur. Temperatures in Cairo average around 14°C (57°F), and Kuala Lumpur stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Kuala Lumpur in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Kuala Lumpur. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Kuala Lumpur throughout the year.

Kuala Lumpur receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Cairo usually receives less rain than Kuala Lumpur. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Kuala Lumpur receives 240 mm (9.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Kuala Lumpur during spring. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Kuala Lumpur receives 199 hours of full sun in the spring.

Cairo is cooler than Kuala Lumpur in the spring. The temperature in Cairo is usually 21°C (70°F) in April, and Kuala Lumpur stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Kuala Lumpur and Cairo

Cairo Kuala Lumpur
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 239 mm (9.4 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 200 mm (7.9 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 260 mm (10.2 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 240 mm (9.4 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 190 mm (7.5 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 200 mm (7.9 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 280 mm (11 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 290 mm (11.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 250 mm (9.8 in)


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