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

Should you visit Cairo or London?

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 London 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 London?

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.

London

The capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Steeped in iconic landmarks, world-class museums and royal parks, London is energetic, majestic, ambitious and one of the world's greatest cities. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, an amazing place to eat and one of those cities that is constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost every day. History and tradition greet you at every turn in the UK's capital. London is also a city with an edgy underbelly, delighting in neon pink dive bars, cheeky graffiti and mind-blowing street food. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub or relax in one of the city's many parks. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and very tourist friendly. The only problem with London is that it's very expensive; it can eat away at your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are also tons of free or cheap things to do in London that can fill your time.

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


Which place is cheaper, London 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 London is $240. 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 London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.33
    London $156
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    London $312
Compare Hotels in Cairo and London

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or London? 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 London


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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 London Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $2.97
    London $32
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.08
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 3 Private Full-Day Tours to Cairo Top Attractions+One Airport Transfer: $300
  • Private Transfer from El Cairo (CAI) Airport to Hurghada: $267
  • Cairo : Marvel the Camping in the White & Black Deserts & Cairo Private Transfer: $250
  • Private 4 days Sightseeing Cairo and Giza Tour airport transfers: $250
  • 3-Days Private Guided Tour Package Covering all Cairo,Lunch and Airport Transfer: $240
  • Cairo Pyramids and Alexandria in 2 Days with airport transfers: $230
  • Private Transfer Cairo To Soma Bay: $221
  • Cairo Massage & Moroccan & Turkish hamam with transfer : $221
  • Private Pickup Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh: $220
  • Awesome Private 2 Days all Highlights Giza Cairo incl Free airport transfers: $220
  • Two-Day Private City Tour of Cairo, Giza Pyramids and Saqqara+Airport Transfer: $220
  • Private Transfers from Luxor to El Cairo: $217

Typical Local Transportation Prices in London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $19
  • Heathrow Express
    $23
  • Luggage Storage
    $10
  • London Map
    $1.63
  • Oyster Card
    $45
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    $27
  • Oyster Card
    $34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • Chauffeur Car Transfer Services from London To Gatwick Airport: $299
  • Chauffeur Limo Transfer Services from Heathrow Airport To London: $234
  • Chauffeur Transfer Services from London City To Heathrow Airport: $221
  • "Private Group Transfer: Heathrow Airport to City of London": $175
  • "Private Transfer: Heathrow Airport to Central London Hotel": $80
  • "Private Transfer: Heathrow Airport to Dover Cruise Port": $170
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Bath".: $165
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Bournemouth".: $155
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge.": $108
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Crawley.": $95
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Dorking.": $82
  • "Private Transfer: London Heathrow Airport to Dorking.": $84

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or London?

Prices for flights to both London 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 $4.73
    London $44
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.

  • Giza Dinner Cruise With Belly Dancer Show: $10
  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $10
  • Cairo Nile dinner cruise night show with belly dancer: $10
  • 2 Hour Cairo Dinner Cruise on Nile river with live band: $12
  • 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
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $14
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $15
  • Experience Magic A 4Star Cairo Dinner Cruise with Belly Dancer: $15
  • Cairo Private Food Tour and Egyptian Tea: $15
  • dance, sing and eat on Cairo Dinner Nile Cruise on Nile river: $15

Typical Food Prices in London

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to London:


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    $16
  • Tea
    $7.60
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    $49
  • Morning Tea
    $8.04
  • Pastry
    $6.33
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Dinner and Live DJ at A Fancy Restaurant: $17
  • Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $35
  • Picadilly Circus: Hard Rock Cafe Set Menu Lunch or Dinner: $36
  • Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $39
  • Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $39
  • Traveling Spoon Nepalese Momos Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Pizza Making Cookery Class: $53
  • NO DIET CLUB - Bike and Food tour in London !: $67
  • No Diet Club - Best food Tour in East London: $67
  • African & Caribbean Food Tour in Multi-Cultural Brixton: $75
  • Ultimate London Food Tour: Borough Market & Southwark: $81
  • 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.73
    London $41
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
    $6.47

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 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days White Desert and Bahariya Oasis Tour: $231
  • 2-Day Cairo Giza Highlights Guided Tour including Camel Ride All inclusive : $40
  • 2-Day Tours at Cairo & Giza: $145
  • 3-Day Private Tour in Cairo : $196
  • 3-Days Tour in Siwa Oasis from Cairo : $217
  • 8-Hour Private Tour Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and local Bazaars: $26
  • 8-Hour Private Tour to Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara: $79
  • All Inclusive day tour to Giza pyramids, Egyptian museum and Felucca : $90
  • Bedouin Desert Safari Tours By Jeep 4x4 In Hurghada: $55

Typical Entertainment Prices in London

For London, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    $105
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    $44
  • London Pass
    $59
  • Comedy Show
    $10

Tours and Activities in London

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for London.

  • London's Hidden Gems Self Guided City Tour: $3.29
  • London Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $3.30
  • Kensington and Hyde Park Self-guided Mobile App Tour: $3.59
  • British Museum Express audio tour with mobile app: $3.59
  • A Camp Self-Guided Tour of London with Paul Baker: $4.00
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $5.14
  • Soho's Contribution to Health Care History Walking Audio Tour: $5.48
  • Bloomsbury's Contribution to Health Care History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.48
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in London: $5.50
  • Secret An audio tour about the heritage of the city's Russian immigrants: $5.54
  • Covent Garden: A Self-Guided Photography Tour : $5.54
  • Bustling Bloomsbury: A Self-Guided Street Photography Tour: $5.55

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.17
    London $19

Sample the Local Flavors in London

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

  • Historic Pub Walking Tour of London: $13
  • Great British Pub Tour: $19
  • 2-Hour Haunted Pub Walking Tour: $20
  • Camden Pub Crawl in London: $25
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery Tour and Cocktail: $26
  • London Pub Crawl: $27
  • Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $29
  • Camden Pub Crawl & Bar Tour London: $32
  • Burlesque Cabaret Show in Covent Garden: $32
  • 2-Hour Historic Pub Tour: $32
  • Small Group Covent Garden Historic Pub Tour in London: $33
  • Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London: $33


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


Which is Bigger, Cairo or London?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 4% larger than the population of London. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and London, 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 London?

London 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 London in the Summer?

Both London and Cairo during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to London for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Cairo is generally much warmer than London. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 28°C (82°F), and London fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the summer, Cairo often gets more sunshine than London. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 195 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in July than London. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while London receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    London 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Cairo or London in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and London. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to London because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Cairo is much warmer than London in the autumn. The daily temperature in Cairo averages around 23°C (73°F) in October, and London fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than London during autumn. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 107 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Cairo usually receives less rain than London. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while London receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    London 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Cairo or London in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Cairo as well as London. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine are the main draw to London this time of year.

It's quite cold in London in the winter. In the winter, Cairo is much warmer than London. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cairo in January average around 14°C (57°F), and London averages at about 4°C (40°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the winter, Cairo often gets more sunshine than London. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 52 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in January than London. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while London receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    London 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Cairo or London in the Spring?

Both London and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to London for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Cairo is generally much warmer than London. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 21°C (70°F), and London fluctuates around 9°C (48°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than London during spring. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 147 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Cairo usually receives less rain than London. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while London receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    London 9°C (48°F)

Typical Weather for London and Cairo

Cairo London
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 5°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 9°C (48°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 16°C (61°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 12°C (53°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 7°C (45°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 5°C (42°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)