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

Should you visit Cairo or Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro?

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. The peak time to visit is during the city's famous Carnival festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in the world. However, Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year around. The city has a wonderful natural harbour that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting. And you can't miss the beach, either!

Which city is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro or Cairo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cairo is $32, while the average daily cost in Rio de Janeiro is $80. 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 Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $17
    Rio de Janeiro $50
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $34
    Rio de Janeiro $100
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Rio de Janeiro? 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 Rio de Janeiro


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $5.78
    Rio de Janeiro $6.20
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.20
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 2 Cairo and giza day tours with round transfer from airport: $131
  • 2 Days Tours package Include airport transfers (Cairo & Alexandria): $182
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including 2 airport Transfers: $130
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free Transfer from Airport: $101
  • 2 Private days in Giza and Cairo including Free airport Transfers: $190
  • 2 day tours in Cairo with round airport transfer: $132
  • 2 days tour in cairo and Giza and transfer from cairo airport to hotel Free: $115
  • 2 days tours in Cairo with round transfer from airport: $140
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour with Free Airport Transfers: $263
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3 Days White & Black Deserts Safari Trip & Cairo Transfer Round Trip: $280
  • 3-Day Private Tour: Giza, Cairo, and Alexandria with Airport Transfer: $320

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    $2.85

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • ARMORED Airport Transfer - Rio de Janeiro (COVID-19 Prepared): $387
  • All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer: $55
  • Angra dos Reis Private Transfer from Rio de Janeiro: $115
  • Angra dos Reis Shared Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $61
  • AquaRio Aquarium Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer: $58
  • Armação dos Búzios: Shared/Private Transfer to/from Rio: $29
  • Arraial do Cabo Private Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $115
  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $52
  • Arrival Private Transfer GIG or SDU Airport to Rio City by Minivan: $144
  • Arrival Private Transfer Galeão Airport GIG to Rio City by Business Car: $135
  • Arrival Private Transfer Galeão Airport GIG to Rio City by Luxury Van: $98
  • Arrival Private Transfer Rio Airport to Buzios or Cabo Frio by Minivan: $428

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro 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 $9.19
    Rio de Janeiro $15
Typical Food prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.10

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 Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    $0.57
  • Corn on the Cob
    $0.76
  • Hamburger
    $0.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Food Tour Rio de Janeiro: $30
  • Cooking Class for Cacao Lovers: $51
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $55
  • Plant-based Brazilian Flavours Cooking Class: $56
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $60
  • Private Tour in Rio Scenarium with Dinner: $65
  • Skip the line: Samba Show Admission & Transfer with Dinner Option: $70
  • Dinner and Brazilian Music Show in Rio Scenarium: $70
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $72
  • Small-Group Boozy 7-Recipe Brazilian Cooking Class: $75
  • Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private): $80
  • Samba Show Ginga Tropical with Optional Dinner: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $11
    Rio de Janeiro $17
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
    $2.04
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $16

Tours and Activities in Cairo

Here are a few actual costs in Cairo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum Half Day Private Tour: $7.48
  • Cairo City Tour: $8.58
  • Private Tour of the Pyramids: $9.71
  • Pyramids Day Tour: $10
  • Day_tour :Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx: $11
  • Virtual Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum: $12
  • Egypt Virtual Tour of Tomb of King Tut: $12
  • Private Day Tour at Pyramids, Sakkara And Dahshur: $13
  • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and Papyrus Making Demonstration: $13

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few actual costs in Rio de Janeiro for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Rio Line Panoramic City Tour - Boulevard Route: $10
  • Inside Rio Photography Walking Tour: $10
  • Hiking Tour to Pedra do Telégrafo (Telegraph Stone): $12
  • Carnival Backstage Tour - Visit a traditional Samba School: $16
  • Rocinha Lucky Tour: $16
  • Rio Street Art Experience 2 Hours: $19
  • Christ the Redeemer and Escadaria Selarón Half-Day Tour: $19
  • 2 Hour Vidigal Favela Tour Discovery the Most Laidback Favela: $19
  • Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket with Van Transport: $20
  • Historical Downtown and Lapa - Walking Tour: $20
  • Favela Tour -The path of Michael Jackson in Rio: $20
  • Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $2.27
    Rio de Janeiro $9.40

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl Rio de Janeiro: $11
  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $19
  • Skip the line: Ipanema Pub Crawl: $28
  • Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $34
  • Rio By Night Tour: Pub Crawl Experiencing Music, Dancing, Drinks & Local Culture: $105
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $135
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $160


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


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Cairo are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Cairo is generally around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiroin January. Temperatures in Cairo average around 28°C (82°F), and Rio de Janeiro stays around 26°C (79°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. In July, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin January. At this time of the year, Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Cairo during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

Cairo is around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiro in the autumn. The temperature in Cairo is usually 23°C (73°F) in October, and Rio de Janeiro stays around 25°C (77°F)in April.

Rio de Janeiro gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Cairo usually gets less rain in October than Rio de Janeiroin April. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Rio de Janeiro. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the winter, Cairo is cooler than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cairo in January are around 14°C (57°F), and Rio de Janeiro is about 21°C (70°F)in July.

In January, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin July. At this time of the year, Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Rio de Janeiro. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In April, Cairo is generally around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiroin October. Temperatures in Cairo average around 21°C (70°F), and Rio de Janeiro stays around 23°C (73°F).

Cairo usually gets less rain in April than Rio de Janeiroin October. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Cairo

Cairo Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)


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