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.

Which city 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 $26, while the average daily cost in London is $175. 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 London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $13
    London $109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    London $218
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 $4.62
    London $25
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:

  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Safaga - 25 Seater: $754
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Makadi Bay - 25 Seater: $644
  • Private transfer: Cairo to Borg El Arab International Airport (HBE): $622
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Safaga - 15 Seater: $585
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Hurghada – 25 Seater: $555
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Safaga - Premium: $535
  • 4 Day Nile Cruise with Train Transfer from Cairo: $514
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Makadi Bay - 15 Seater: $439
  • 5 days guided trip in Giza and Cairo , all airport transfer in Egypt: $432
  • Day Trip to Cairo from Luxor by flight with sightseeing lunch airport transfers: $424
  • Day trip to Luxor from Cairo by plane with sightseeing lunch airport transfers: $424
  • One Way Transfer from Cairo to Makadi Bay - Premium: $407

Typical Local Transportation prices in London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $18
  • Heathrow Express
    $22
  • Luggage Storage
    $9.67
  • London Map
    $1.56
  • Oyster Card
    $43
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    $26
  • Oyster Card
    $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • Accommodation to London St. Pancras Station - Departure Private Transfer: $62
  • Airport and venues transfer 3: $1,173
  • All London Airports Round-trip & Return Private Transfer to Southeast London: $217
  • All London Airports Round-trip & Return Private Transfer to Southwest London: $217
  • All London Airports Roundtrip - PrivateTransfer to London Hotel Including Return Trip: $112
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Airport LCY to London City in Luxury Van: $109
  • Arrival Private Transfers from London Airport LCY to London in Business Car: $89
  • Arrival transfer from Heathrow to London Hotel: $53
  • Arrival, Departure or Round Trip Private Transfer: Central London to Southampton Cruise Port: $250
  • Arrive & Depart in Style - Luxury Private Transfer - Southampton to London: $381
  • Bath Day Trip From London With Private Transfer in Range Rover: $1,134
  • Central London To Gatwick Airport (LGW) Private Car Transfer: $70

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 $7.34
    London $35
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 London

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


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    $16
  • Tea
    $7.25
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    $47
  • Morning Tea
    $7.68
  • Pastry
    $6.05
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Traveling Spoon Nepalese Momos Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Cooking Class with a London Cookbook Author: $87
  • BYOB Pizza Workshop Supper Club: $91
  • Private Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Expert: $150
  • South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge: $150
  • Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Professional: $164
  • 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour: $261
  • Private Food Tour, Cooking Class and Market Visit in London with a Food Expert: $315

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    London $31
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 London

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


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    $100
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    $42
  • London Pass
    $57
  • Comedy Show
    $9.67

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • Haunted Exploration Game and Tour: $5.63
  • Royal Canadian Regiment Museum: Historic Wolseley Barracks Tour: $5.64
  • Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights: $5.64
  • Shakespeare's Italy Virtual Experience: $6.90
  • Queen and Freddie Mercury Exploration Game and Tour: $7.88
  • 59-Minutes British Museum Audio-guided Tour: $8.71
  • 59-Minutes National Gallery Audio-guided Tour: $9.95
  • 12 Angry Guests: The Online Jury Experience: $11
  • The Clink Prison Museum Admission Tickets: $11
  • Virtual Guided Tour of London's Off the Beaten Track Areas: $14
  • Guided Tour of Handel House: $14
  • Tiger King: The Murder Mystery Experience: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.82
    London $15

Sample the Local Flavors in London

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

  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $27
  • Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks: $27
  • Sipsmith Distillery Tour and Complimentary Tasting: $35
  • Private:Brewery, Winery, and Cider & Spirit Tastings Tour in SW Ontario: $101
  • Gin Palace Crawl with Distillery Tour & Tastings: $107
  • English Sparkling Wine Tours from London: $392
  • Private London Pub History and Brewery (Full Day Tour): $621
  • Private visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Stonehenge: $851


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.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or London?

London has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cairo experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm 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. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. 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. Temperatures in Cairo average around 28°C (82°F), and London stays 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. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. 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 temperature in Cairo is usually 23°C (73°F) in October, and London stays 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. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. 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 are around 14°C (57°F), and London is 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. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. 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. Temperatures in Cairo average around 21°C (70°F), and London stays 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)


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