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

Should you visit Cairo or Rabat?

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 Rabat 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 Rabat?

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.

Rabat

While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which place is cheaper, Rabat or Cairo?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $27, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $44. 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 Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $14
    Rabat $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $28
    Rabat $54
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Rabat? 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 Rabat


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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 Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $4.59
    Rabat $2.11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.13
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • From Private Day Trip to Luxor w/ Transfer & Flights: $589
  • 3-Days Private Guided Tour Package Covering all Cairo,Lunch and Airport Transfer: $300
  • 3 Private Full-Day Tours to Cairo Top Attractions+One Airport Transfer: $300
  • Cairo - Sharm El Sheikh: One-Way or Return Private Transfer: $290
  • Private Transfer Cairo to Hurghada: $290
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Full-Day Private Trip to Fayoum from Cairo, with Transfer: $286
  • 2 Days and 2 Evenings Private Tour in Cairo include airport transfer and M&A: $280
  • 2 Days Private Guided Tours of Cairo and Giza with Free Cairo Airport Transfers: $280
  • From One-Way Private Transfer To Luxor: $275
  • 2-Day Camping Tour in The Bahariya Oasis with Private Transfer: $274
  • 2-Day-One night Camping Tour in The Bahariya Oasis with Private Transfer: $274

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:


  • Taxi to Sale
    $3.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private Transfer From Rabat To Fez: $110
  • "Rabat to Marrakech Private Transfer: Smooth and Comfortable": $120
  • One-Way Transfer from Fez to Rabat via volubilis & meknes : $199
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez : $156
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez via meknes & volubilis : $199
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $26
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $51
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Asilah: $276
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Bouznika: $88
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Casablanca: $165
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to El Jadida: $265

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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 $7.30
    Rabat $12
Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.06

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $11
  • Cairo Dinner Cruise On The Nile River With Private Transfer: $12
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $14
  • Nile dinner cruises in Cairo at night with different categories : $15
  • Unusual Cairo Food Tour : $15
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Private Transfer from Cairo: $16
  • Super Safari ATV , Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Dinner, Show-Hurghada: $19
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $20
  • Private Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel ride, Nile Dinner cruise : $20
  • Dinner Cruise Cairo With Belly Dancer Show in The Nile River: $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Small Group Cooking Classes with Tour of Rabat : $36
  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $50
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $66
  • Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $76
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.83
    Rabat $2.84
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
    $1.30
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $9.98

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
  • 2 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days White Desert and Bahariya Oasis Tour: $231
  • 2 Days in Cairo & Giza Private Tour : $80
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt Tour with Pyramids and Museums: $219
  • 2-Day Cairo Giza Highlights Guided Tour including Camel Ride All inclusive : $40
  • 2-Day Private Tour of Cairo with Accommodation and Entrance Fees: $165
  • 2-Day Tour Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour: $290
  • 2-Day Tours at Cairo & Giza: $145
  • 2-Days Tour at Cairo & Giza: $86
  • 2-Days Tours at Cairo & Giza : $143
  • 2-Days tour at Cairo & Giza: $80

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • SUP Adventure Rabat (kayaking, stand up paddle , boating) VIP: $15
  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • Rabat tour ;Small Group Guided Walking tour in the City of Light: $44
  • Private Surf Experience in Rabat: $44
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Private Walking Guided Cultural Stroll with Licensed Tour Expert: $53
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Private Guided City Walking Tour: $62
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $64
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour in Rabat: $65
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Rabat Tasting Tour in the Old Town: $80

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.80
    Rabat -

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: $60


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


Which is Bigger, Cairo or Rabat?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Rabat. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Rabat, 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 Rabat?

Both destinations experience a warmer 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 Rabat in the Summer?

Both Rabat 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. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Rabat year-round.

Cairo usually gets more rain in July than Rabat. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Rabat, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the summer, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Rabat. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 315 hours of full sun.

In the summer, Cairo is a little warmer than Rabat. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cairo in July average around 28°C (82°F), and Rabat averages at about 23°C (73°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Rabat 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rabat in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Rabat. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rabat. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Rabat this time of the year. In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Rabat during autumn. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 234 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Cairo is generally a little warmer than Rabat. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Rabat fluctuates around 20°C (67°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Rabat 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rabat in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Rabat. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

Cairo usually gets less rain in January than Rabat. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the winter, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Rabat. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 182 hours of full sun.

Cairo is around the same temperature as Rabat in the winter. The daily temperature in Cairo averages around 14°C (57°F) in January, and Rabat fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Rabat 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rabat in the Spring?

Both Rabat and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In April, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rabat. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

It's quite sunny in Rabat. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Rabat during spring. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 255 hours of full sun in the spring.

In the spring, Cairo is a little warmer than Rabat. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cairo in April average around 21°C (70°F), and Rabat averages at about 16°C (60°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Rabat 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Rabat and Cairo

Cairo Rabat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 13°C (56°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (67°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 16°C (62°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 102 mm (4 in)