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 city 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 $26, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $33. 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 Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $13
    Rabat $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    Rabat $40
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 $4.62
    Rabat $1.58
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 Rabat

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


  • Taxi to Sale
    $3.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Airport transfer from Rabat to Agadir: $230
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat Fez: $125
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez: $124
  • Private Airport Transfer: Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) to Rabat: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Rabat to Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA): $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $28
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $28
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $55
  • Private Transfer From Rabat To Fez: $124
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Casablanca (CMN) Airport: $156
  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Fez: $124

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 $7.34
    Rabat $9.27
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $25
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $50
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $55
  • Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    Rabat $2.13
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

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • Private Half-Day City Tour: $45
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $56
  • Travel consultant ,scam protector and Tour guide: $60
  • Guided Art & Photography Tour: $62
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Rabat Half Day City Tour: $104
  • From Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide: $109
  • Rabat Private Photography Tour: $149
  • Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat: $149
  • From Hiking and Kayaking Adventure at Dayet Erroumi: $163
  • Rabat Private Walking Tour: $168
  • Rabat & Casablanca Tour from Casablanca: $218

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.82
    Rabat -


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.


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Rabat?

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 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 tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

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 are around 28°C (82°F), and Rabat is 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. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical 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. Temperatures in Cairo average around 23°C (73°F), and Rabat stays 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. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. The warm tropical 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 temperature in Cairo is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Rabat stays 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. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm tropical climate 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 are around 21°C (70°F), and Rabat is 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)


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