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

Should you visit Cappadocia or Cairo?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Cappadocia or Cairo? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Cappadocia or Cairo?


Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, between the mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. It is famous for its underground cities, fairy chimneys, and caves. The landscape of the area is some of the most unique you'll ever see. The fairy chimneys are bizarrely shaped rock outcroppings that have evolved from the unique geography in the area. There are hiking trails through the series of valleys that make up the area. It's a great place to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Coach Bus Tours in Turkey, The Best Adventure Tours to Turkey, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, and The Best Historical Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Cairo or Cappadocia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cappadocia is $151, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $17. 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 Cappadocia and Cairo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $53
    Cairo $9.36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $106
    Cairo $19
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia or Cairo? 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 Cappadocia

Hotels in Cairo

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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: Cappadocia Hotel Prices and Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $51
    Cairo $2.99

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • Private Airport Transfer Service from/to Kayseri or Nevsehir : $108
  • 2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour (Airport Transfer, Hotel, Daily Tour And Atv): $235
  • 2 way Transfer fr/to Nevsehir & Kayseri Airport / Cappadocia: $33
  • 2-Hour Sunset Quad Bike Tour in Cappadocia with Transfer (1 ATV for 2 persons): $36
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Airport Transfer From and To Kayseri and Nevsehir : $13
  • Both Ways Airport Transfer (Nevsehir Kapadokya - Kayseri Erkilet): $38
  • Cappadocia Airport Private Transfer: $108
  • Cappadocia Airport Transfer Safe and Comfortable : $37
  • Cappadocia Balloon Ride with Breakfast, Champagne and Transfers: $250
  • Cappadocia Green Tour (pro guide, Lunch, transfer incl): $60
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride 18-24 Person with Transfer: $141

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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

  • Metro Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • From Private Day Trip to Luxor w/ Transfer & Flights: $659
  • 3 Private Full-Day Tours to Cairo Top Attractions+One Airport Transfer: $300
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Cairo - Sharm El Sheikh: One-Way or Return Private Transfer: $290
  • 2 Days and 2 Evenings Private Tour in Cairo include airport transfer and M&A: $280
  • From One-Way Private Transfer To Luxor: $275
  • Private Transfer from El Cairo (CAI) Airport to Hurghada: $263
  • Private Pickup Transfers From Cairo To Dahab: $260
  • Private 3 Days in Giza Cairo and Alexandria including Free airport transfers: $250
  • Cairo : Marvel the Camping in the White & Black Deserts & Cairo Private Transfer: $250
  • Cairo To El Gouna Private Transfer: $248
  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour with Free Airport Transfers: $240

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo and Cappadocia 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 Meals for one day
    Cappadocia $50
    Cairo $4.75
Typical Food Prices in Cappadocia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cappadocia

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

  • Turkish Night Show in Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Transfer: $43
  • Turkish Night with Dinner and Unlimited Drinks İn the Rock Cave: $43
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night in Avanos Dinner Included: $48
  • Turkish Night Show With Dinner in a Cave Restaurant: $54
  • Cappadocia Night: Turkish Dance & Dinner : $60
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Entertainments: $62
  • Turkish Night Show & Dinner: $63
  • Cappadocian cooking - hands-on class with pickup: $64
  • Romantic Cappadocia Sunset Dinner and Wine : $65
  • Cappadocia Cave Restaurant for Dinner and Turkish Entertainments: $70
  • Half-Day Private Food Tour in Kayseri: $75
  • 2-Hour Cappadocia Turkish Night Show and Dinner Experience: $76

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $12
  • Cairo Night Dinner With Belly Dancer Show With Pickup & Drop Off: $13
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $16
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $18
  • Cairo Food Tour with Nile Felucca Ride : $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
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Private tour Giza pyramids and Nile dinner cruise from Giza and Cairo hotels: $23
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $23
  • Private Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum Tour with Dinner at Nile Cruise: $24

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $95
    Cairo $5.75
Typical Entertainment Prices in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Underground City Entrance for Two
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
  • Horseback Riding for Two
  • Cappadocia Driving Tour
  • Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
  • Turkish Bath
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Goreme open air museum
  • Bellydancing Show

Tours and Activities in Cappadocia

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

  • Skip the Line: Guray Museum Admission Ticket: $4.34
  • Best Of Private Cappadocia Tour ( Car & Guide ): $4.88
  • Cappadocia Private Tour (Car & Guide): $5.00
  • Cappadocia Private Tour with Car & Guide : $5.99
  • Full Day Private Cappadocia Tour( Car & Guide): $10
  • Explore Cappadocia North and Red Underground City Private Tour : $12
  • Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour: $15
  • Cappadocia 1 hour horse tour: $16
  • Cappadocia horseback valley tour: $16
  • Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Experience: $16
  • Full Day Underground City and Fairy Chimneys Tour with Lunch : $16
  • Quad Safari Tour in Cappadocia / 2 Hour: $16

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
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • 2 Days 1 Nights Tour package to Saint-Catherine from Cairo : $300
  • 2 Days in Cairo & Giza Private Tour : $80
  • 2-Day Tour Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour: $290
  • 2-Days Tour at Cairo & Giza: $86
  • 2-Days Tours at Cairo & Giza : $143
  • 3-Day Cairo Top Attractions Exploration Tour: $180
  • 3-Day Tour at Cairo & Giza : $200
  • 3-Days Tour at Cairo (Customized Package): $229
  • 3-Days Tour in Siwa Oasis from Cairo : $217
  • 8-Hour Private Tour Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and local Bazaars: $26
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour to All Pyramids and Cairo and 2 evenings: $299
  • All Inclusive Full-Day Tour to Pyramids, Museum, mosque and Felucca: $79

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $18
    Cairo $1.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Cappadocia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cappadocia:

  • Wine Tasting in Cappadocia Turkey: $22
  • Cappadocia Nightlife Experience: Bar and Pub Crawl Tour: $32
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia: $64
  • Private Sunset and Wine Tasting Experience in Cappadocia: $87
  • Full-day Cappadocia Tour with wine tasting and clay shaping : $90
  • 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour in Cappadocia: $174
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $195
  • Ancient Cappadocia's Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $275

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: $59

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cappadocia and Cairo, we can see that Cappadocia is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cappadocia is in Europe and Cairo is in Africa, 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 Cappadocia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cappadocia 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 Cappadocia Expensive? and Is Cairo Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 1220 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia and Cairo, 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.