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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, The Best Historical Tours in Egypt, The Best Luxury Tours to Italy, and The Best Budget Tours to Italy.


Which place 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 $18, while the average daily cost in Rome is $184. 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 Rome in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cairo $9.54
    Rome $96
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cairo $19
    Rome $192
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 $3.04
    Rome $23
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.09
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 2-Days Trip in Cairo & Giza (Including Free Transfer from the Airport): $143
  • Cairo Airport Departure Transfer : $25
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $20
  • Private Pickup transfer from Windsor Hotel Cairo to Cairo airport: $9.60
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx With Transfers : $55
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Private Transfer to Siwa Oasis from Cairo Going and Coming Back: $125
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Sonesta Hotel Tower : $9.60
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel: $9.60
  • Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx Half Day Tour With Private Guide & Transfers : $135
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfer in Cairo or Giza: $49
  •  Private Transfer from/to Cairo International Airport: $26

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rome

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


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $2.17
  • Train to the Airport
    $16
  • Taxi to Airport
    $49
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • Rome Private Transfer To Civitavecchia Sea port: $96
  • Rome hotels to Venice Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $294
  • Transfer from Civitavecchia port to Fco Rome airport or Rome : $253
  • Transfer from and to Airport - from and to Port - from and to hotel: $164
  • All Italy: Private Premium Transfers in Rome: $76
  • Appian Catacombs Guided Tour with Transfere: $69
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport CIA to Rome City in Business Car: $95
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport FCO to Rome City in Luxury Van: $126
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport FCO to Rome in Business Car: $115
  • Arrival in Seamless Private Hotel Transfer: $81
  • Catacombs Guided Tour and Capuchin Crypt with Dedicated Transfer: $86
  • Catacombs Rome Tour with Private Transfer and Tickets: $175

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 $4.84
    Rome $51
Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $8.00
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $15
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $16
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $18
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • Giza Pyramids, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, Night and Dinner Cruise on Nile: $19
  • food tour private tour from cairo or giza hotel: $19
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Giza pyramids ,Sphinx ,Valley temple and Nile Dinner cruise tours: $20
  • Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx & Dinner Nile Cruise from Cairo/Giza hotel: $20

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
    $3.24
  • Cafe e doce
    $4.33
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    $2.87
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    $34
  • Cheese and bread
    $11
  • Espresso
    $2.17
  • Dinner
    $63

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Award-Winning Roman Food Tours: $16
  • Eat Pasta in Rome, Testaccio - Self-Guided Walking Food Tour: $17
  • Tasty Trionfale Farmers Market Food Tour and Local Wines Tasting: $26
  • Hard Rock Cafe Rome with Set Lunch or Dinner: $30
  • Rome City Center Largest Farmers Market and Street Food Tour : $32
  • Wine Tasting and Food Tour at Vatican and Trionfale Farmers: $32
  • Vatican Street Food Tour around the Biggest Fresh Market in Rome: $32
  • Food Tour of the Vatican with Farmers Market and Wine Tasting: $32
  • Tipsy Food Tour: $33
  • Guided Food Tour with Drinks Included in Rome: $34
  • Dinner in Carbonara,Amatriciana,Cacio&Pepe e wine tasting : $35
  • Drunken Night and Dinner with a Local Guide: $36

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cairo $5.86
    Rome $39
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
    $0.86
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $6.62

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets : $4.60
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Prince Mohamed Ali Palace Entry Ticket: $4.80
  • All Inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara: $5.00
  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $5.00
  • Private Cairo Shopping Tour with Papyrus, Perfumes, Bazaar,spices: $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Baron Empain Palace Entry Tickets: $5.20
  • Wonder Tour To Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure Pyramids and Great Sphinx : $5.65
  • Skip The Line To Coptic Museum of Cairo Entry Ticket: $5.88
  • Private Tour Cairo Shopping Papyrus Perfume Bazar Cotton Shop: $7.00
  • Cairo Museum of Islamic Arts Entry Ticket: $7.00

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)
    $75
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    $36
  • Roma Pass
    $32
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    $22
  • Segway Tour
    $81

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • From 1-Way Bus Ticket to Naples or Vice Versa: $2.70
  • Cambridge: Discovery Walk & Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Bergamo Old Town: Discovery Walk & Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Self-Guided Audio Tour: $3.27
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Rome: $5.34
  • Bergamo Old Town: City Exploration Game and Tour: $5.42
  • Rome Walking Tour Including the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain: $5.45
  • Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere Tour Rome: $5.45
  • Civitavecchia's Stories and Secrets: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • An insider's look at A Self-Guided Audio Tour : $5.61
  • Rome Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour: $5.64
  • PANTHEON Rome Audio Tour Experience: $5.99

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cairo $1.20
    Rome $20

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

Typical Alcohol Prices in Rome

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $7.04
  • Pint of Beer
    $6.87
  • Beer
    $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

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

  • Trionfale and Prati Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $31
  • Vatican Food and Wine Tasting Tour next to the Sistine Chapel: $32
  • Trionfale Farmers Market and Vatican Quarter Food and Wine Tour: $32
  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide & Drinks: $53
  • Roman Night Life and Burlesque Show Tour: $54
  • Guided Wine Tasting Experience in a Roman Vineyard: $54
  • Local Wine Tasting: $60
  • Small-Group Exclusive Winery and Wine Tasting Tour in Frascati: $60
  • Pasta Making Class & Wine Tasting in a Trasteve Villa: $68
  • E-Bike Night Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $75
  • Wine Tour in Romes Historic center: $75
  • Italy in a Glass - Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Tour in Rome: $77


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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cairo Expensive? and Is Rome Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cairo or Rome?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Rome. When comparing the sizes of Cairo and Rome, 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 Rome?

Rome has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cairo experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny 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. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year. 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. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 28°C (82°F), and Rome fluctuates 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. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts 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 daily temperature in Cairo averages around 23°C (73°F) in October, and Rome fluctuates 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. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round. 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 average around 14°C (57°F), and Rome averages at 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 sunny 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. Daily temperatures in Cairo average around 21°C (70°F), and Rome fluctuates 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)