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

Should you visit Cairo or Rome?

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 Rome 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 Rome?

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.

Rome

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Which city is cheaper, Rome 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 Rome is $137. 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 Rome in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $13
    Rome $70
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $26
    Rome $140
Compare Hotels in Cairo and Rome

Looking for a hotel in Cairo or Rome? 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 Rome


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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 Rome Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cairo $4.62
    Rome $18
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:

  • 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 Rome

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


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $2.08
  • Train to the Airport
    $16
  • Taxi to Airport
    $47
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • 59/5000 Transfer from Rome to Sorrento with stop in Pompeii: $622
  • A Secret Way to the Sistine Chapel Private Tour-transfers included: $475
  • Accessible Transportation in Rome Civitavecchia or Airport transfer: $162
  • Airport Transfert Roma: $93
  • Airport transfer: $100
  • Airport transfer from hotel in Rome: $20
  • All Rome in One Day Special Private Tour - Skip the Line, Guide, Lunch, Transfer: $588
  • Ancient Ostia Ruins, private transfer: $637
  • Ancient Ostia Ruins, private transfer: $597
  • Assisi & Orvieto, one day, private transfer: $1,244
  • Best Transfer Service Civitavecchia port - Rome (Town, FCO/CPO airport) and V.V.: $100
  • Best of Rome in One Day: Colosseum, Vatican, Squares with Transfers and Lunch: $311

Is it cheaper to fly into Cairo or Rome?

Prices for flights to both Rome 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
    Rome $39
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 Rome

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $15
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
    $3.11
  • Cafe e doce
    $4.17
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    $2.76
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    $33
  • Cheese and bread
    $10
  • Espresso
    $2.08
  • Dinner
    $60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Tours from Home: Pizza Cooking Class with Italian Chefs: $15
  • Interactive Cooking Experiences with Renowned Chefs All Over the World (in EST): $22
  • Live from Tagliatelle & Chicken Fricassee Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Virtual Cooking Class: Carbonara, Amatriciana, Pesto & "pasta al dente": $40
  • Street Food Tour with Local Guide: $48
  • Private Italian dinner in Rome with a selection of local wines: $51
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour Artisian Rome: $55
  • Make Your Own Pizza Cooking Class & Dinner: $56
  • 1h Pizza Crash Course with a Chef in Rome: $61
  • 1-Hour Rome Pizza Cooking Class with Dinner: $61
  • Ravioli and Meatballs Cooking Class: $61
  • Pasta & Tiramisu Workshop with Dinner: $61

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $8.89
    Rome $30
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:

  • 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

Typical Entertainment prices in Rome

Here are a few typical costs in Rome for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
    $72
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    $34
  • Roma Pass
    $31
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    $21
  • Segway Tour
    $78

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • Ticket for Pantheon with Audioguide + City APP: $6.22
  • A day as a citizen of ancient Rome - live virtual experience: $6.22
  • 35-Minute Pantheon Audio Guide Tour: $9.64
  • Tours from Home: Essential Rome, The Iconic Piazzas: $10
  • Tours from Home: Colosseum & Gladiators: $10
  • Ticket to Piazza Navona Undergrounds Stadium of Domitian: $11
  • Ancient Rome Virtual Guided Tour (Times in EST): $11
  • Self-guided Virtual Tour of Colosseum: The Highlights: $11
  • Catacombs of Saint Sebastian Guided Tour: $11
  • Catacombs of Priscilla Guided Tour: $11
  • Mamertime Prison Entrance Ticket with Multimedia Guide: $11
  • Experience the Past Present Future of Video Games at Vigamus - The Video Game Museum of Rome: $12

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Rome

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Rome:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $6.77
  • Pint of Beer
    $6.60
  • Beer
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

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

  • From Food & Wine Tasting in a Medieval Cellar: $51
  • E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $67
  • Private Rome Food & Wine Tour with Aperitif on Private Roof Top Terrance: $100
  • Wine Tour Experience from Rome factory Giglio: $123
  • Lunch, Diner and wine tasting in a shaby chic italian restaurant in Rome: $135
  • From Frascati 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour: $147
  • Wine Tasting in Frascati from Rome: $160
  • Frascati 3-Hour Wine Tasting PrivateTour: $183
  • Rome Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $185
  • Rome Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $187
  • Private 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour from Rome: $191
  • Rome By Night & Wine Tasting: $195


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


When is the best time to visit Cairo or Rome?

Rome 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 Rome in the Summer?

Both Rome 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. Also, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Rome this time of year.

In July, Cairo is generally a little warmer than Rome. Temperatures in Cairo average around 28°C (82°F), and Rome stays around 25°C (77°F).

It's quite sunny in Rome. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. Cairo usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Rome during summer. Cairo gets 350 hours of sunny skies, while Rome receives 338 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rome. Cairo gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Rome receives 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cairo 28°C (82°F) 
    Rome 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rome in the Autumn?

Both Rome and Cairo during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Rome for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Cairo is a little warmer than Rome in the autumn. The temperature in Cairo is usually 23°C (73°F) in October, and Rome stays around 17°C (63°F).

It's quite sunny in Cairo. In the autumn, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Rome. Cairo gets 290 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rome receives 198 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in October than Rome. Cairo gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Rome receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cairo 23°C (73°F) 
    Rome 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rome in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Cairo and Rome. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, many visitors come to Rome in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In the winter, Cairo is much warmer than Rome. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cairo in January are around 14°C (57°F), and Rome is about 8°C (47°F).

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cairo usually receives more sunshine than Rome during winter. Cairo gets 221 hours of sunny skies, while Rome receives 127 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Cairo usually receives less rain than Rome. Cairo gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Rome receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cairo 14°C (57°F) 
    Rome 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Cairo or Rome in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Cairo as well as Rome. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, most visitors come to Rome for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In April, Cairo is generally much warmer than Rome. Temperatures in Cairo average around 21°C (70°F), and Rome stays around 14°C (57°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Rome. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In the spring, Cairo often gets more sunshine than Rome. Cairo gets 276 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rome receives 204 hours of full sun.

Cairo usually gets less rain in April than Rome. Cairo gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Rome receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cairo 21°C (70°F) 
    Rome 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Rome and Cairo

Cairo Rome
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 8°C (47°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 9°C (49°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Mar 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in)
May 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 18°C (64°F) 42 mm (1.6 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 22°C (71°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (71°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 12°C (54°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 9°C (49°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)


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